Volunteer Information

Welcome to the Sacramento Stingrays swim season!

Did you know that it takes over 3,000 volunteer hours to run a swim season, not including board positions? Volunteers are essential to our meets and programs running smoothly; we literally could not do it without you! What this means is that not only are you committing your child to the team but yourself as well.

With that in mind, we are making strides towards ensuring that no one person shoulders too much, as many hands make light work! If we do not have enough individuals volunteering for positions, we end up with families committing themselves to multiple committees and not able to enjoy watching their children swim. Please keep this in mind as we move into our new season this year.

What to Expect:

  • We will be holding a Volunteer Sign-Up Event! This will be an opportunity for all families (new and returning) to learn more about each committee, mingle, and get pumped up for the upcoming season. We will no longer be taking peoples’ 1st, 2nd, 3rd choices, and instead, you will simply sign up for the position that you feel suits your family the best, on a first-come-first-served basis. More information on this coming soon.
  • While we are not yet implementing a ‘pay-to-play’ model to our team for the regular swim season (we are one of the only teams that does not yet require it), we will be tracking hours spent volunteering this year through our team management software. Please make sure to not only sign up for a time slot while registering your children for a meet but also to check in on the day of your assignment to assure that your hours are tracked accurately. At the end of the season, your hours spent volunteering will be available for you to view. Our hope is that you will see that meeting the minimum number of required hours is really quite easy!
  • We do have a ‘pay-to-play’ model for Champs. As the largest team in the league, we are required to fill the largest number of volunteer positions at Champs. The actual number of swimmers that we have attending Champs does not factor into that equation; we are assigned a certain number of positions that we MUST fill, by the league regardless of the number of swimmers swimming the Champs meet. Therefore, if we cannot fill those positions, we will be hiring outside help in order to fill any open slots this year.

WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW ABOUT CHAMPS PAY-TO-PLAY POLICY

  • Each family is assessed a $100 volunteer fee during the registration process. 
  • If your swimmer(s) attends Champs, and you fulfill your required volunteer position(s), you are eligible for a full refund of your volunteer fee.
  • If your swimmer(s) attends Champs, you must fulfill your required volunteer position. If you do not fulfill your required volunteer position(s) during Championship weekend, you are NOT eligible for a refund of your volunteer fee.
  • If your swimmer(s) does not attend Champs, and you do not have someone fulfill your required volunteer position(s) during Championship weekend, you are NOT eligible for a refund of your volunteer fee.

Our hope is not to raise funds for the team, but to simply have our positions filled by our families!

If you would like to mark your calendars now, 2022 Champs will be held the weekend of July 16-17. We sincerely hope to see everyone there!