Parent volunteers are critical to the success of the swim season.
It takes between 45 to 60 parents to run a swim meet! Many jobs require little to no experience such as timing and selling food at concessions. Other jobs such as referee, starter, and stroke/turn judge require certification. Although most jobs are suited for adults, some jobs can be performed by middle or high school swimmers who want to earn SSL/Volunteer hours. See below for more information.
Volunteer Job Descriptions:
Certified Referee: The Certified Referee is the final arbiter of all decisions and questions during the conduct of the meet. MCSL training is needed for this job.
Certified Starter: The Certified Starter gives starting signal for each race. MCSL training is needed for this job.
Certified S&T Judge: The Certified Judge determines whether the swimmers perform their strokes, turns and finishes in accordance with the prescribed rules. MCSL training is needed for this job.
Announcer: The Announcer should be aware of each event as it is swum. He/She can begin announcing the next event shortly after the last swimmer in the previous event has touched the wall.
Clerk of Course: The Clerk works with the announcer to control the flow of swimmers to the clerk's table. At each meet there is usually a Clerk of Course (home) and an Assistant Clerk (visiting team). Each Clerk can check in the swimmers from their own team, tell them their lanes and have them wait in the designated area until it is time for them to go to the starting area.
Timers: Time the swimmers in the assigned lane.
Head Timers: Manage timers and provide back up watches for timers.
Runners: Runners take the time sheet from the head timer to the scorer.
Computer Operator: The Computer Operator types the times into the computer and operates the program during the meet, making the data changes to reflect the scratch meeting.
Verifiers: Read the times to the computer operator and check the results from the computer after each event against the timer sheets to be sure the times were entered accurately.
Ribbon Writers: Check the winning time to see if it is a team or pool record, affix the ribbon labels to the ribbons, divide the ribbons by team for coaches to pick up.