Meet Volunteering - WE NEED YOU!
Board Volunteer Commitment Policy
Each season the club hosts at least three major swim meets. These swim meets are one of our largest fund raising activities. With the Canada Games Pool and a great competition committee we are capable of raising $20,000.00 per season (approximately $200 per swimmer). To ensure we run successful meets that will guarantee us this profit margin, we need every member to participate in running the meets. We need a minimum of 60 - 80 volunteers per session (each meet has 5-6 sessions). We are quickly becoming a hot spot for quality competition. Please help us develop our Team pride in offering the finest meets in Canada and at the same time keep our costs of swimming to a minimum.
How will volunteering benefit my child?
Working at our swim meets saves the club and yourself a lot of money in registration costs. By hosting three good competitive opportunities at home we are saving each swimmer between $300.00 and $700.00 each season. Working a meet as an official gives you the best view of your child swimming. You will also get to know other swimmers and parents. Please see the Officials Training section under the "For Parents" tab to see officials training opportunities prior to meets.
Will I still get to watch my child race?
Many volunteer positions provide unique opportunities to watch your child race. Timers have the best seat in the house by being positioned at the starting blocks. Every effort will be made to ensure that you are in an area that provides an opportunity to watch your child race, although you may be timing other swimmers at the same time. It is a fun job to watch each swimmer complete their event and accomplish their goals.
Can I choose where I volunteer?
There are many different volunteering opportunities at each home meet. The positions range from non-technical heat sheet sales & hospitality room jobs, to the slightly more technical timer positions. Officials training will be offered throughout the year as required by SwimBC. To ensure you get the placement you want please complete the online job signup early.
Can other members of my family volunteer?
Yes, we love to have Aunts, Uncles, Grandparents and Friends helping out. When you log into your TeamUnify account and proceed to Job Signup, there will be an opportunity to enter contact information for an external volunteer. The best part is that their volunteer hours will count towards your family volunteer commitment.
Can my children volunteer?
While we love having the kids around to help, it can be overwhelming during a busy swim meet. While SwimBC rules state that all technical officials must be at least 14 years old, we are open to having children older than 8 help out in the other non-technical areas at our Valentine's meet as long as there is a responsible adult present that is responsible for them and they represent the club well.
What is my commitment?
Each member will supply one volunteer at each swim meet session at all host meets. You are required to remain for the entire session or find your own qualified replacement. The Board has adopted a policy of collecting a fee at the beginning of each year and a post-dated cheque must be left at the office. DETAILS
How do I signup?
The new TeamUnify Platform streamlines the volunteer sign-up process. You must be logged into your account to see the options for job signup. Once you are logged into your account proceed to the meet you would like to volunteer for in the "Events" section of the website. Once volunteer sign-up has been opened for a home meet, the "Job Sign-up" button will appear next to the "Attend this Event" button. Clicking on the "Job Signup" button will take you to the list of jobs available. Click on the jobs that you would like to do. Once you have completed the signup, the button will change from "Job Signup" to "Edit Commitment". You will be able to go back into job signup and edit your commitment until the volunteer coordinator closes the signup. *you can also signup volunteers external to your family by following the prompts in the TeamUnify system.
What are the dates for volunteering?
The dates for volunteering are generally as follows:
Swim the Distance October - last weekend
MJB Law Ice Classic December - 2nd weekend
Valentine's Splash (12 & under) February - 2nd weekend
June Classic - 2nd weekend