Summer swim teams are run by volunteers! We ask that each family provides one adult per meet to volunteer in some capacity. Don't be shy! There is something you can help out with, as there are so many jobs and each is critical for the team and for successful meets. Plus, (letting you in on a secret) when you volunteer you're closer to the action... and your swimmer/s - you'll have the best "seat in the house!"
The following is a brief description of the general volunteer positions. If this is your first time volunteering for a specific role, someone will go over the basics with you before your shift. Most of these positions are very easy and you will get the hang of them quickly. If you have any questions or concerns about volunteering, please contact one of the team leads.
Announcer: Previous experience or training required. Keeps the meets running smoothly by announcing events and team information at home meets.
Starter: Previous experience or training required. Announces each event, makes sure timers are ready, ensure swimmers are ready to start and then starts each swim event using a starting gun.
Tent Monitor: Remains in the swimmer waiting area, ensures swimmers are in the heating area for their appropriate races and marks arms with events.
Clerk: Assist swimmers in the heating area to ensure they are lined up in the correct lane and heat.
Timer: Timers record times for swimmers in each event during meets.
Judge: Previous experience or training required. Judge stroke and swim techniques during swim meets, and write DQ tickets as needed. All judges must attend at least one BFSL Judges Clinic prior to the first meet.
Runner: Collect and deliver timing slips & DQ slips to the designated meet Head Judge.
Scoring/Computer: Assists the Head Scorer during meets to correctly record swimmer times, and prepare heat sheets, lane sheets and meet program.
Ribbons & Awards: Prepare swimmers ribbons and medals, and file results.
Concessions: Sell food & drinks during meets as well as help with setup and clean-up of food area.
Photography: Snap a few candid shots of swimmers, attendees, families etc. at each meet, to be posted to the team website, Facebook page and other outlets to showcase the team.