Swim Team is a program for children, but parent support and participation are more important in swimming than, perhaps, in any other sport. Adults are needed to help organize and officiate swim meets, plan and organize team social events, and raise operating funds for the team. Since the season cannot proceed without parent help, all parents are expected to volunteer at least three times per swimmer during the season as timers, meet officials, and as volunteers for other team events.
Some ways to volunteer are:
- Meet Volunteers. More than 25 volunteers are required to conduct a swim meet. These include 18 timers (9 from each team), a head timer, and an assistant head timer, two clerk of course, a computer operator/scorer, a verifier, an announcer, and ribbon writers. Additionally, parent volunteers are needed to: setting up the pool for home meets, providing and selling refreshments at home meets, and coordinating “B” meets.
- Meet Officials. At any meet, each team provides at least one half of the officials. Some positions, including referees, starters, and stroke and turn judge require certification by the League. Certification is obtained by attending 2-3 hour MCSL sponsored training clinic. Any parent interested in becoming a certified official should consult with the Team Rep or the officials coordinator. The dates and locations of clinics are on the MCSL website (www.mcsl.org).
- Social Activities Volunteers. Among the tasks for which parent volunteers are required are: preparing newsletters and informational flyers, maintaining the team website, ordering and conducting sales of Team, Divisional, and League suits and accessories, ordering team awards and trophies, arranging for the team picture, ordering and selling pizza on Friday nights, and coordinating and helping with parties, picnic dinners, barbecues at the pool, and other team sponsored events.
Other Parent Responsibilities. As indicated by the need for parent participation, Swim Team is really a family affair, requiring cooperation among family members. Although Swim Team is a supervised activity of the pool, parents obviously still have the responsibility to supervise their children’s participation in Team activities, ensuring that swimmers have transportation to practices, meets, and other events, helping swimmers understand and fulfill their responsibilities, and providing the necessary encouragement and advice that will help make Swim Team a positive experience.
Parents may attend practices, but should not interrupt or interfere with the coaches during practice sessions. Parents also should feel free to talk to the Team Rep or a Swim Team Committee member about any aspect of Team activities.
Daleview Swim Team ListServe
The Daleview Feet now have a Yahoo listserv. The listserv is to keep track of all things planned (with handy automatic reminders sent straight to your mailbox on the whens and wheres of all meets, pep rallies, spaghetti dinners, etc.) as well as just-in-time messages to inform you when plans change, such as practice being called off due to a thunderstorm.
Want to sign up? Here's how:
send an email to: Daleview_feetfirstname.lastname@example.org.