Parent Job Requirements

The LMYA Dolphins Swim Team runs entirely on "Parent Power".  Our dedicated parent workers make it possible to run meets, feed the swimmers and coaches, and allow swimmers to experience the thrill of competitive swimming.  There are three ways to fulfill the parent job requirements outlined below (1) sign up for individual meet jobs; (2) sign up for a coordinator or behind-the-scenes role; (3) buy out of the work commitment (VERY limited availability). 


In order to complete the registration process and allow your swimmers to participate in practices and meets, all families must sign up online for all of their work commitments (except the WCSC meet) by Monday May 22nd. Sign-ups should open on Tuesday May 2nd.     

Job descriptions for meet jobs and coordinator roles are posted on the Parent Job Descriptions page under Parent Jobs.  If you are interested in a coordinator role, email [email protected].

Families with only High School (classes of 2023-2026) swimmers are only required to sign up for 2 jobs during the County swim meet (August 5th and 6th). Families with only Gutter Guppies do not have a job commitment unless their swimmer moves up to the swim team.   Thank you in advance for helping us make swim team a a great experience for our kids!

Workers are expected to arrive at least 15 minutes in advance of meet start times and must immediately check in and check out with the Meet Director. (Some jobs require earlier start times - check the meet worker schedules for specifics).

Parent Job Requirements - Meet Jobs

Each family is required to contribute to the operation and success of the team.  Parent volunteer job sign-ups will be conducted online. The number of required jobs are dependent on the number of registered families.  For the 2023 season, the job requirements are as follows


  • 6-8 (final number TBD) Regular season swim meet jobs 

  • 1 Walnut Creek Swim Conference (WCSC) Meet (July 29th and 30th) job  

  • 2 County Meet (August 5th and 6th) jobs   

A NOTE ABOUT COUNTY MEET: The LMYA Dolphins have been the proud host of the Contra Costa County Swim Meet for over 60 years (2023 will be our 62nd year!).  It is our team’s sole fundraiser and serves to offset the cost of using the Acalanes High School pool for the season.  Every participant in our program, regardless of individual qualification for the meet, benefits from this fundraiser as it offsets the cost per participant to run our program by at least $300 per swimmer.  For that reason, we require all families to either work or, if available, buy out of the county meet work obligation regardless of individual swimmers’ qualification.




Job Requirement Buy Out Option (limited availability)

Families may choose a regular season buy-out for $1000, which includes all regular season and conference jobs, but excludes the County Meet jobs.  Buy-out for the County Meet jobs is an additional $400.   BUYOUT AVAILABILITY WILL BE LIMITED based on registration.  At registration, you can opt to get on a waitlist to request a buyout by emailing [email protected] with your buyout request. 



Parent Job Substitutes

If you cannot honor your work obligation, you MUST provide an appropriate substitute, age 16 or older. It is your responsibility to find a substitute, not the parent job coordinator. Once you have secured a substitute, please contact [email protected] with confirmation of substitute's name, email address and phone number.



FINES - Failure to fulfill a parent job commitment or provide an authorized substitute will result in a monetary fine ($150 per regular season and WCSC Conference meet job shift, $250 for County meet job shift) and may result in your child(ren)'s suspension from practice and future swim meets.  To avoid these fines, please ensure you check in and out for every shift with the LMYA Meet Director.