Summer swim team is run 100% by volunteers. Without parent volunteers, there is no swim team. It takes 30+ volunteers to run each swim meet. Swim team families are required to fulfill their volunteer requirements.
- 1 swimmer family - required to complete 4 volunteer requirements at meets
- 2+ swimmer family - required to complete 5 volunteer requirements at meets
- Sign-up for job requirements by deadline: Signup Calendar - notification will be sent when 2023 sign-up is open.
- Complete job requirements. When unable to complete a job, find a substitute and communicate the change to the team reps. If unable to find a substitute, as a last resort, reach out to the team reps.
Some jobs are carried out over the course of the whole summer season and cover some or all of the volunteer requirements for a family.
The season-long jobs that must be filled in order to run the summer swim season are listed on the Team Organization page.
- Referee – must have attended MCSL training; oversees meet, including briefing S & T judges prior to the meet, verifying disqualifications with S & T judges, overseeing timers and signaling starter when to start races.
- Starter – must have attended MCSL training; uses electronic starter to start all races
- Stroke and Turn (S &T) Judge – must have attended MCSL training; watches swimmers and determines if they are doing the strokes and turns correctly according to MCSL rules
Other Meet Jobs
- Announcer – announces races and, at A Meets, the names of the participating swimmers
- Assistant Head Timer – backs up Head Timer
- Awards – affixes stickers to ribbons and sorts them into envelopes
- Clerk of Course – lines swimmers up prior to races and sends them in order to sit behind the lanes to prepare for races
- Concessions – sells food and drinks during home meets
- Floater - fills in where needed
- Head Timer – briefs timers prior to meet, signals referee when timers are ready for next event, starts backup watches during each event in case timers miss the start
- Meet Set-up/Take-Down - arrives early to ready the pool for home meets, and stays after the meet to help take-down the meet - requires some heavy lifting
- Parking Attendant - Instructs meet attendees where to park for home meets; arrives early and remains on duty until half time
- Runner - picks up heat sheets after each event and turns them into the automation table
- Timers – use stopwatches to time events; one timer per lane records the times on cards
- Verifier - works with Computer Operator to verify times after each event
MCSL Division-Wide or County-Wide Meets
There are several division-wide or county-wide meets each season which you can read more about on the Types of Meets page:
- A Relay Carnival
- B Relay Carnival
- Divisional Championship
- Coaches Long Course Invitational
- All Star Relays
- All Star Individuals
There are more strict time requirements for swimming in these meets than our normal A and B dual meets, and a limited number of swimmers will participate. As such we ask all families with a participating swimmer to volunteer at these meets. More information about which positions need to be filled will be available as we approach the time for each of these meets.