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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.


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