It takes an enormous number of volunteers to run our club – from year-round decision-making and planning, to organizing 40+ positions that need to be filled to run a swim meet. Hosted swim meets are significant portion of our annual budget and allow us to compete at home, avoiding costly travel. A point system on a family basis has been established to ensure that Island Swimming has enough volunteers to ensure smooth operation of the club, have proper supervision during team travel and ensure smooth, professional running of hosted swim meets.
It’s also designed so parents are, for the most part, volunteering at meets where their athletes are participating. Note: there may be times when parents will be required to volunteer at meets their swimmer is not participating in.
Penalty System: We don’t want to penalize families, we would rather have your help running excellent swim meets!
- Families that don’t meet their minimum points obligation will be fined $50 per point missed
- Charges will be billed to your swimmer account at the end of May and are payable with your June 15 fees payment.
- As the point charts are based on registration numbers the requirements may increase or decrease once final registration numbers are known in October.
- Meet Dates are tentative but may change due to conflicting meets. Continue to watch the Island Swimming website for meet schedule updates.
- Families can earn half points for “Shadow” shifts
- The minimum required per meet applies even if your swimmer is not attending the meet
HOW TO EARN VOLUNTEER POINTS
The easiest way to earn volunteer points to is sign-up online for shifts at your required swim meets. The more volunteers, the easier it is for everyone involved. Be sure to LOG IN to the website when you sign up so ensure your shifts are credited to your account.
SWIM MEET VOLUNTEER POSITIONS : This is the primary way in which points are earned for the swim season. The Officials Coordinator may increase the point value for shifts that are difficult to fill. The Organizing Roles points can be attributed to any specific swim meet requirement.
OFFICIALS TRAINING: During the swim season, Island Swimming will host a number of officials training clinics to help diversify officiating skills. This allows for maximum flexibility when organizing a swim meet. More information about the official’s pathway and how to upgrade your skills is available on the Island Swimming website under Member Info.
It is the expectation of the club that members will diversify their skills to help in many areas of running a swim meet. It is also expected that when a swimmer moves to a higher competitive group, their family will take on higher level volunteer positions. If you are new to officiation, opportunities to Shadow and learn from more experienced officials can be arranged by contacting the Officials Coordinator for any meet.