Parent Volunteers make it all possible!
Audubon YMCA Dolphins swim team is a non-profit organization made up of very dedicated volunteers. Without their dedication and hard work, we would not be able to operate as a swim team and serve our community. Our swim team parents donate their time, energy and expertise at every level to provide these opportunities our local youth.
While we do require team member families to volunteer and support the team at meets, we try to make it as fun and entertaining as possible. The Dolphins will be using an online volunteer management system to aid in the coordination of volunteering. Should you have any questions about any of the volunteer positions or the system itself, please contact our Meet Director.
Volunteers Needed Per Meet
Jobs needed for Home meets and away meets are a bit different, however both Home and Away meets require:
- Stroke & Turn Judges
- Finish Place Judge
- 9 Timers (2 for Lane 1; 1 for Lane 2; 2 for Lane 3; 1 for Lane 4; 2 for Lane 5; 1 for Lane 6)
- Deck Parents - Line up swimmers for their races (especially younger ones)
It is really important that we have our volunteers ready to go at each meet. Without the required number of volunteers for the official roles to run the, we are unable to conduct the meet.
This is a great job for someone with a strong voice and an ability to correctly pronounce names. You announce the names of the swimmers in each event, and work with the Starter/Referee to keep the meet moving quickly and smoothly.
The deck parent helps the coaches organize the swimmers scheduled for upcoming events and get them psyched up for their swim.
After each race, the runner collects the times from the timers in each lane, finish slips from the Finish Judges and disqualification slips from the Stroke & Turn Judge and takes them to the scoring table. You stay on the move throughout the meet, so you get to see the meet from several perspectives.
Scorekeeper - Meet Manager
Scorers from each team record the results following each race, and track the team scores. There can be some pressure at the table, and the job requires knowledge of the computer program (Meet Manager) used for the computerized scoring system. The scorekeepers are critical to the success of the meet, and they are often the only ones who know which team is winning the meet. For newer volunteers, the league runs clinics each fall to train new scoring table workers, and the team will also be very happy to show you and have you apprentice for this essential job.
The snack bar is a great place to work if you're not interested in watching the whole meet. This is an important fund raiser for the team, we raise money for equipment, supplies, end-of-the-season awards and other extras this way. You get to interact a lot with both kids and parents.
Starter - Referee
This is the most technically demanding job. The Starter/Ref runs the events in the meet by ensuring that the swimmers start simultaneously and oversees all the other meet officials. This is a leadership position that requires experience and a take-charge personality. It is up to the Starter to keep the meet moving.
Stroke & Turn Judge
These judges determine whether a swimmer touched the end of the pool during a turn and whether the technical aspects of the swimming stroke were legal. It requires knowledge of the US Swimming stroke regulations, and a willingness to fairly disqualify swimmers when appropriate. Those who are interested in this job "apprentice" with someone who has done it before. We provide a copy of the rules, and a someone with experience, with whom you can apprentice. There is also a training program available from the league.
This is the most popular meet job among both new and experienced swim parents. You use a stopwatch to time the swimmer in your assigned lane. There are three timers per lane, and the median of the times is used as the official time (or as backup for electronic timing systems). It's cooler on the pool deck than in most observation balconies, and you get a much better view of the action.
Timing System Operator
This job is for someone who likes to play with electronic gizmos. The timing system uses and electronic signal from the starter's device and the touch-pads in the pool to determine the swimmers' times and order of finish. This information is displayed on the scoreboard and is fed into the computer program used by the scorekeeper that keeps track of the official results. This job requires a couple sessions of on-the-job training, which the team will be very happy to set-up.