These jobs require some training. We are always in need of officials, training is simple, but does require attending specific training clinics and a background check. Additionally, these jobs give you the front row seat to each heat. Please email Jason Hipper for more info!
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Referee (Home only) Must complete training, test and class. Must have 2 years experience as Starter prior to working as Referee. This is the full authority official for the meet.
Starter (Home only) Must complete training, test and class. Must have 2 years experience as Stroke Judge prior to working as Starter. Announces the event and starts each heat. Assures a fair start for each heat is achieved.
Stroke & Turn Judge (Home and Away) Must complete training, test and class. This official monitors the stroke techniques of all swimmers.
Computer Official (Home and Away) Computer worker requires special training and must be approved by the board prior to filling. This job involves entering the race results into the computer for final scoring. Computer worker works directly with the table workers.
Announcer (Home only) This job involves setting up and working with the PA system at the pool. Some working knowledge of how a swim meet runs would be helpful. The announcer is responsible for informing the crowd of which swim races are coming up, scores and concession information, etc.
All Other Jobs
Easy to learn, minimum training involved.
Timer (Home and Away) One of the easiest jobs, and also one of the most essential. Stands at blocks. Starts stopwatch at the signal and stops the watch when swimmer touches the wall.
Back-Up Timer (Home and Away) This person will have 2 watches to activate and will wait for a possible SOS call from timer with malfunctioning watch.
Across-the-Board (Home and Away) Is seated at the finish of each race, perpendicular to the wall in order to see each lane's finish placement. Works with the volunteer from the opposing team to mark a sheet with lane finish order and hands it to the runner.
Balloter (Home and Away) Acts as the middle part of the relay of scores/times between the timers and the Computer Official. You will receive timing slips, filled out by the timers. Each swimmer will have three recorded times and your role is to find and circle the middle time, or average two times if one is missing. (Example: a swimmer is timed by three timers with finishes of: 35.64 seconds, 35.78 seconds and 35.81 seconds. You would circle 35.78) You will also ensure that the order of finish from the timers matches the order of finish from the Across-the-Board volunteers. The role will be explained in person, but this should give a good idea of the work.
Ribbons (Home and Away- second half of meet only) Works with the Computer Official to attach stickers to the back of ribbons for the place finishers as the meet progresses and organizes them for the two teams to distribute.
Time Reader (Home and Away)Time Readers are the persons who assist the Computer Official to read swimmers' finish times for recording into the computer by the Official. Brief training will be provided prior to the meet.
Clerk of the Course - 2 points! (Home Only) This is a challenging job and takes an authoritative person, thus the increased point value! This person works with the swimmers to line them up in heats and to get them to the starting blocks for upcoming races. Our team plans to enlist two adults for this role each half-meet. You will also work with a Clerk of the Course from the other team. If you work with children as a teacher or coach or youth group leader, you would be perfect for this role!
Clerk of the Course (helper) - 2 points! (Away Only) This person will assist the host team's Clerk of the Course. This is a challenging job and takes an authoritative person, thus the increased point value. This person works with the swimmers to line them up in heats and to get them to the starting blocks for upcoming races. Perfect for a teacher, coach or youth group leader!
Concessions (Home only) Three people for each half to assist with concessions. We will need three people to work with our Concessions Chair to take and serve orders and handle cash.
Runner (Home only) Relays the time sheets from the Timers, lane finish sheets from the Balloters and any DQ slips from the judges to the Computer Official's table.
Safety Marshal (Home only) Needs to be able to arrive by 4-4:15, as swimmers cannot enter the water until the Marshal is in place. Ensures that all safety standards are enforced on the pool deck- by swimmers and spectators. Makes sure that swimmers and spectators behave in a safe manner (no running, unruly behavior, etc). We will give you a snazzy safety vest for this job!
Heat Sheet Sales/Janitorial (Home only) This role sells heat sheets (supplied by the team) during the first half of the meet and occasionally checks to ensure paper towels/toilet paper are stocked in the restrooms. During the second half, the volunteer ensures that bathrooms are stocked and also monitors the trash cans around the meet and empties to the dumpster as needed.
Heat Ribbons (Home only) Heat ribbon worker awards heat ribbons to the winners of each heat for the 8 & Under and 9-10 age groups. Must pay close attention to the meet and be on deck when these age groups are swimming.
Hospitality (Home only) This role provides drinks (supplied by concessions) to other volunteers during the meet. You will be moving about quite a bit, possibly pulling a rolling cooler.
Set-Up (Home only) Must be able to arrive at approximately 4pm on meet days. Involves putting up starting blocks, ropes, flags, moving chairs, arranging tables and supplies. Some heavy lifting is required for this job. Recruit some older kids for this. You may stack some sun-beds in the morning during practice to save time.
Cones & Signs (Home Only) This is a two part job. Cones need to placed along N Overland from Beaman Drive to 83rd Terrace. Also into the private streets. Reserved parking signs need to be placed along the parking lot. This can be done the morning of the meet. Then at the conclusion of the meet all the cones and signs need to be retrieved. Good job for a family with older kids and a van.
Clean-Up (Home only) This is done by all families. All sun loungers, tables, chairs and umbrellas need to be put back ready for the pool to open the next day. Only after the pool deck is cleaned up will we be able to enjoy our pizza on the patio.