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Volunteer FAQs

Do parents need to volunteer? Are there opt-out fees?
Parents are required to work one shift per swimmer per meet, with a maximum of two shifts per family. Many families with multiple children swimming will volunteer for more than one shift during a meet. At the present time, there is no opt-out fee in use by the Marlins. If your child swims the meet, you are expected to volunteer.

Both my spouse and I have been assigned a role, and we only have one swimmer. Do we both have to volunteer?
Absolutely not, but you are welcome to if you want to go above and beyond the call of duty. You have both been assigned a role as you both made a preference during registration. During meet sign up, you only need to choose one of you to volunteer.

I have been assigned a specialized role. Do I need to do anything else?
YES. You still need to sign up for Volunteer Shifts when the schedule opens. See "Signing Up for Volunteer Shifts at Swim Meets" above.

We have two swimmers on the team, and we have other young children who are not swimming yet. How can we possibly both volunteer and still watch our young children?
As you can imagine, you are certainly not the first family in this situation and we absolutely understand this predicament. We have a couple of different solutions to your dilemma, and depending upon your situation, we will absolutely work something out.  One option is to volunteer for roles that occur before or after the meet such as equipment setup and take down. We also have a few roles that don't require assistance during a meet.  Some may take place during practice times or during other special events.  Regardless of your situation, please contact the Volunteer Coordinator to work this out.

My spouse and I are going to be gone one weekend, and the kids' grandparents (or babysitter) will be taking the kids to the meet. Do they have to fulfill our volunteer role?
Other than the Championship Meet when we have our highest demand for volunteers, we will simply say "have fun" provided you are a family that regularly meets your volunteer commitment. Please email the Volunteer Coordinator in advance to make sure you are not flagged for failing to meet your volunteer commitment. If you have flexibility on choosing the weekend you will be gone, away meets require a significantly less number of volunteers than home meets.

What does "shifts" mean?
Most rolls are divided between first shift (event 1 through event 45) and second shift (event 46 through 87). Obviously the first shift is in the cooler hours of the morning, but you have to be on your toes earlier in the morning and the shift is a little longer than the second shift. Six and unders finish at the end of event 47. So if you only have 6 and under swimmers, you will need to sign up only for first shift. Second shift is a bit shorter due to the fact that there are three less events AND there are only two 6 and under events. However, the second shift will be a bit warmer.

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