Volunteering for Swim Meets
When they say "It takes a village..." they must have been talking about swim meets! Fun and full of friendly competition, a successful swim meet requires the help of parent and community volunteers.
If your swimmer would like to participate in a swim meet, we ask that at least one parent volunteer.Take a look at this list below and pick out a handful of your favorites.
Non-Certified Positions – All Meets:
The following positions are open to anyone. Many positions, with the exception of starter, announcer, and stroke-and-turn judges can be learned “on-the-job” or with brief instruction.
Awards: Responsible for sorting and labeling awards for each event and personal best ribbons.
Computer Representative: Inputs all swim times for individuals and team for each event. Tracks qualifying times, pool records and best times.
Event Roundup Tent: Supervises and coordinates swimmers before the ready bench. Escorts swimmers to the ready bench for all of their races at the appropriate times. This is a key position to keeping the meets running on time. You will not be asked to go look for swimmers who do not show up for their event.
Ready Bench: Aligning swimmers for each event by heat and lane. Escorts swimmers from Ready Bench to pool deck. This is a key position to keeping the meets running on time. You will not be asked to go look for swimmers who do not show up for their event.
Runner: Collect deck cards from stroke and turn judges and timers after each event and deposits them at the scoring table.
Timers: Time the swimmers during events.
Non-Certified Positions – Home Meets Only:
Announcer: The announcer announces the upcoming events, keeps the meet running smoothly, on time, and acts as a Marlin emcee for the event.
Concessions: Sell food and drinks at our concession stand. Also responsible for set up and clean-up as needed.
Hospitality: Hand out water to volunteers, make visitors feel welcome, keep bathrooms stocked, trashcans emptied, and general clean-up throughout the grounds.
Set Up: Set up the pool Wednesday late afternoon, including: backstroke flags, lane guides, setting out timer’s chairs, setting up the canopies, setting up the ready bench, etc. It would be helpful, but not necessary, to have a truck.
Standby Driver: In the event that something is forgotten or we run out of something, this person will be on call to run the quick errand to help us out.
Starter: On the pool deck starting each heat, “Swimmers take your mark, beep!”
Tear Down: In charge of putting everything away after the meet and general clean up of grounds. It would be helpful, but not necessary, to have a truck.
Can high school students get volunteer hours during a swim meet? Yes, high school students can volunteer during a home or away meet for volunteer hours.