Swim Team Jobs
It takes a virtual army of parents to ensure a successful swim season and to maximize the quality of experience for the swimmers. Working at meets and social events is fun and provides a great opportunities to get to know other swim team parents. Jobs are broken down into the seven groups described below.
Social Events Group
Organize social events such as the Solstice Swim, Kids Movie Night, Ice Cream Social, etc... as either a chair, co-chair, or committee member/worker. Being a chair or co-chair means you organize events and manage committee members. Committee member jobs may include shopping, set-up, serving food, running games, clean-up, etc...
Stroke & Turn Group
Attend brief meeting at the start of a meet to learn location-specific rules. Judge legality of strokes & turns per league rules. IMPORTANT: All Judges MUST attend Stroke and Turn Clinic (date TBD). One shift credit is awarded for attending this clinic.
Timer Times swimmers in one lane and gives results to Recorder. Timers MUST provide their own stopwatches.
Recorder Write down the three times recorded for each event. Verifies that swimmer’s name is correct. Legible handwriting is crucial for this job.
Timing console worker (Requires Training) Running the electronic timing console.
Set-up (Home Meets Only) Arrive at club well before swim meet to prepare the club for the meet.(Requires training)
Clean-up (Home Meets Only) All families must clean up after themselves. The Clean-up workers pick up stray trash, take full garbage bags to dumpsters, wipe down tables and place chairs around tables and lounges alongside the pool.
Concessions Group (Home Meets Only)
Buyer Purchases food and beverages for concessions (this is done during the week) and purchasing doughnuts, ice, etc the morning of the meet.
Food Prep Prepares concession food in advance, where possible.
Worker Collects money. Replaces items as quantities run low. Keeps snack area neat. Helps set-up or clean-up, depending on shift.
Data Table Group
Validator Checks computer printouts against recorder slips for averaging and data entry accuracy (away meets only).
Averager Averages times for each swimmer to arrive at one time per swimmer per event (away meets only).
Reader Reads the times to the Data Entry person for input (away meets only).
Data Entry person (should be an experienced person – requires training) imports the times from the electronic system and makes adjustments as necessary.
Clerk of the Course Locates children primarily in the younger age groups and make sure they report to the Clerk of the Course in time for their events. This is a good job for parents who know many of the younger swimmers.
Runner Coordinates DQ/Recorder sheets & results sheets by event. Makes sure heat & lane numbers as well as the signature of the stroke and turn judge is on the DQ slip.
Ribbon Maker/Filer Places computer-generated labels on ribbons and files ribbons in swim team file box. An at-home job.
Floater: Be ready to do any job that needs to be done.