Volunteer Positions

The Bennington Whales are a community swim team focused on fun and comraderie not only among the swimmers, but the parents as well.

It takes approximatley 20-30 volunteers to run a home meet (depending on if the timers are doing a half or whole meet), and approximately 10-20 at an away meet. Bottom line, the kids need us to get out there and volunteer. Click the different volunteer positions below to learn more. Let us know if you have questions, and don't forget to sign up! Thank you!

Timer (SSL)  - 10 Volunteers Needed Per Meet 

Timers are given a stop watch and assigned a lane. There are three timers assigned to each lane. Timers are responsible for timing each swimmer. You start your watch when the buzzer sounds/light flashes at the start of the race and stop your watch when the swimmer, or final swimmer in the case of a multi-swimmer event, touches the wall with any body part or kickboard. The "lead timer," the timer with the clipboard, will ask you for your time when the race concludes. after they have written it down, you reset your watch and you're ready for the next race!

Card Runner (SSL) - 1 Volunteer Needed Per Half at Home Meets

The card runner is responsible for collecting the timing cards from the lead timers at the end of each race and "running" them over to the score keepers' table. It's a great way to get some light exercise!

Concessions (SSL) - 2-3 Volunteers Needed at Home Meets

Concessions are set up in the Bennington Clubhouse. You will be given a cash box supplied with small bills to get you started. The parent reps will have set up the concession area for you but if you find you need to change the set-up a bit to streamline sales, please do so!

Grill Master - 1 Volunteer Needed at Home Meets

This is one of our positions that has a longstanding volunteer but we need a back-up! We supply you with the items to be grilled, buns, foil, etc. and you get to grill for some very grateful kids and parents.

Stroke and Turn Judge - 1 Volunteer Per Meet

Once again, we are lucky enough to have someone committed to volunteering for this position, but ideally, our team should have several people trained to do this. Each stroke has a set of rules governing how to perform it properly during a race. If you spot a violation, at the conclusion of the race you will go to the lead timer assigned to the lane in which the violation occurred and write the nature of the violation on the swimmer's card. How do you learn these rules and regulations? There is a class! It's also a good idea to shadow a current judge to get the general feel for the position.

This is another position filled by a terrific announcer who generously donates his time and captivating announcing voice for us during home meets even though his children have aged off the swim team. But we need a back-up. The best way to learn the actual announcing process is by shadowing our current announcer. In general, the announcer sits on the lifeguard stand by the deep end of the pool equipped with a microphone and speaker, starter buzzer/flash, and the flip stand that indicates the race and heat numbers and announces the nature of the race, countdown to the start, and indicates when swimmers should exit the pool.

Score Keeper - 1 Volunteer Per Meet

The score keeper sets up shop with a Bennington-provided laptop at a table by the clubhouse along with a printer and labels. Meet Manager, the software used to track swim meet statistics, is already on the laptop. The circled time on the timing cards is entered into Meet Manager by the score keeper for each swimmer throughout the meet. The away team's scorer will sit at the table with you and verify card values as well as ensure that the correct amounts were entered (that will be your role during away meets).

Ribbons - 1 Volunteer Per Season

You will be provided with two ribbon bins: one that contains the folders of our swimmers and the bin of Bennington ribbons that needs to be brought to home meets. At the end of each meet you will collect labels for our swimmers from the score keeper. The labels indicate each swimmer's place for that event. At an away meet, you will need to count the number of ribbons needed for each place and pull those from the ribbon bin made available to you by the away team. At a home meet, you will need to place the labels on Bennington ribbons. Ribbons awarded for each meet should be filed in the respective swimmer's folder. You should make the ribbons available during practices so that swimmer may collect them.