Be advised that changes to the Service Hours Requirement for the 2021-2022 season will include:

  • We are returning to the " actual hours worked" system instead of meet work shift "points"
  • Families whose highest level swimmer is in Developmental Gold will be required to work 20 hours at TIDE hosted meets
  • Families with swimmers in Age Group Bronze and above will be required to work 30 hours at TIDE hosted meets
  • Families whose ONLY swimmer is in Senior Bronze (offered in sessions only) will be required to work as follows: FALL session swimmer 8 hours, SPRING session swimmer 10 hours, SUMMER session swimmer 5 hours. For parents of swimmers who register for multiple sessions, the Service Hours are ADDITIVE
  • Job signups will be designated to specific practice groups throughout the season so that members have an easier time signing up to work
  • Families who choose not to work at TIDE hosted meets can "pay out" at a rate of $50 per hour in two installments on October 1 and November 1. Please notify the service hours chair if you choose this option ([email protected])
  • Any service hours not worked by July 31 will be invoiced on August 1 at a rate of $50 per hour

 

2021 - 2022 Family Service Hour Requirements
 

Parents who attend away meets with their swimmers are expected to sign up for timing shifts IF the host team asks us to help staff those positions. This does NOT count toward your TIDE service hours requirement. This is what you as parents are asked to do to support your swimmer who attends away meets where the host team can't staff all of the timing positions.

TIDE is both a team of swimmers and a team of parents. Our team of parents is vital to the success of our program. TIDE parents serve as board members, USA Swimming officials, practice group social event planners, team travel chaperones, subject area experts for facility support and improvements, team publicity and media production experts, and meet support staff for our team-hosted swim meets.

Hosting swim meets generates revenue for the team but more importantly TIDE-hosted meets give our own swimmers as well as those in our area the opportunity to compete locally in a high quality swimming facility. TIDE has a reputation for hosting efficient meets and our parent volunteers are what make our meets so successful.

To assure that we have the meet staff that we need, families with swimmers in Developmental Gold, Age Group Bronze, Age Group Silver, Age Group Gold, Senior Bronze, Senior Silver, Senior Gold, and National have a service hours requirement. This requirement is detailed in the Swimmer Contract and it is mandatory.

Families who only have swimmers in Novice, Developmental Silver, or in only the Winter Session of Senior Bronze do not have a service hours requirement.

All job signups are done through the website, on the meet and event pages. When signups open, an email goes out to the team. Simply click on "Job signup" on the meet or event page to sign up for work shifts.

HERE IS AN ARTICLE WITH STEP BY STEP INSTRUCTIONS, SHOWING YOU HOW TO SIGN UP FOR JOBS - Click HERE.

HERE IS AN ARTICLE WITH STEP BY STEP INSTRUCTIONS, SHOWING YOU HOW TO SEE THE JOBS YOU HAVE SIGNED UP FOR - Click HERE.

From the 2021-2022 TIDE Swimming Annual Membership Contract:

9.          I understand that during the 2021-2022 competition season TIDE will host several swim meets and that TIDE parents work in meet support positions whether the Swimmer is participating or not. As a member of TIDE's team of parents, I agree to participate in TIDE's Service Hours Program and fulfill the requirements of this program as set out by the Board of Directors.  I understand I will be required to work a defined number of service hours at TIDE hosted meets. Helping to raise or lower the bubble at Mt Trashmore is also an opportunity to earn service hours. I also understand that if I fail to work the required number of service hours I will be billed $50 per hour for every hour not worked. Members who have a swimmer in Age Group Bronze, Age Group Silver, Age Group Gold, Senior Silver, Senior Gold, and National will be required to work 30 service hours. Members whose highest level swimmer is in Developmental Gold will be required to work 20 service hours. Families whose only swimmer is in Senior Bronze (offered in sessions only) will be required to work as follows: FALL session swimmer 8 service hours, SPRING session swimmer 10 service hours, SUMMER session swimmer 5 service hours.  For parents of Senior Bronze swimmers who register for multiple sessions, the service hours are ADDITIVE. Should we attend meets hosted by other teams ("away meets"), parents will be assigned lane timing duties if the host team requests our assistance. This time is NOT counted as TIDE service hours, but rather it is the way we support the efforts of other teams to give our swimmers the opportunity to race.

 

TIDE meet work signups are done through the team website and are monitored by the Service Hours Team. The Service Hours Team can assist families with finding a match between family responsibilities and team requirements. If you have special family circumstances, it is important that you contact the Service Hours Team EARLY when planning your TIDE meet work shifts. Families are expected to be proactive in signing up for their required number of TIDE meet work shifts. You may contact the Service Hours Team at [email protected]

A worker cannot simply report to a TIDE meet session unannounced and offer to work. All TIDE meet work shifts must be arranged in advance of the meet. This gives all of our busy families a chance to plan ahead.

Examples of meet work positions include:   

***Covid-19 restrictions have eliminated/changed many of these positions, especially the operation and supplying of our hospitality suite***

  • Announcer: operates the PA system, announces event, heat, results, concessions options, hot heats, etc.  Need to be trained and speak comfortably into a microphone.  We will train you!
  • Food prep: could be fruit cutting, cooking chicken, making breakfast burritos.  This counts for buying ingredients, assembling at home and delivery to hospitality.  You will receive further instructions after signing up.
  • Check In Workers: Responsible to checking in all workers and making sure they know their job and where to go.
  • Fri/Mon Pick Up/Drop Off: Need to have a vehicle with a trailer hitch.  Responsible to pick up on Friday and return on Monday of certain items.  Some require a military ID as we rent from MWR. You will be contacted with specific instruction after signing up.  Must be available during the day Monday and Friday.
  • Ice Delivery: purchase and deliver Ice to concessions before early before meet
  • Hospitality Runner: "on call" for hospitality.  You need to meet with the head of hospitality and share your cell phone number.  You will run errands for them as needed.  Ice runs, Walmart, etc.  You need to have a vehicle large enough to take a large cooler for ice runs to restaurants nearby for ice.
  • Timer: operates stopwatch and timing equipment for an assigned lane
  • Runner: 3 types: 
    • collects timing sheets from lane timers to give to Meet Recorder​
    • post results and make sure all deck volunteers have water
    • distribute heat winner prizes to swimmers (12&under sessions only)
  • Hospitality Prep: assembling fresh food items for the coaches and officials hospitality suite
  • Meet setup/teardown: set up equipment, seating, other tasks as required
  • Meet Marshall: patrol deck and environs (locker rooms, hallways) to ensure safety of swimmers and spectators. Read complete job description HERE.

 

Participation in bubble raising or takedown working parties provides TIDE Swimming families with yet another opportunity to fulfill their service hours requirements. Participation in bubble raising (late October/early November) and/or takedown (late March/early April) counts as one meet session.  Due to the very physically demanding nature of raising and lowering the bubble, it is highly recommended that these  positions be filled by men.  LIMIT ONE PER FAMILY PER SIGN UP.