The Bellevue High School Girls Swim and Dive program relies on the volunteer support of the booster community to run meets, sponsor and host events, and support the swimmers, coaches, and their families.
The boosters sponsor and organize the Retreat, Team Dinners, Senior Night, and an end of year Banquet. Volunteers are needed for each event. Each home meet requires enough volunteers to have two timers in each lane, a head timer, scoreboard operator, and a computer operator.
Get involved, lend a hand, and help support our girls!
The following volunteer positions need filled
We will post specific volunteer opportunities closer to the start of the regular season. If you have questions or suggestions in the meantime, please reach out to us via the Contact page.
Regular Season Meets Regular season home meets are "hosted" by Bellevue High School volunteers. A lot of them. In a normal year, each meet requires a minimum of 12 timers, 4 officials, 1 head timer, 1 computer operator, 1 scoreboard operator, and 1 dive announcer. In most cases, we like to have backup support for the timers, computer, and scoreboard too.
Given occupancy limitations on our facilities during the 2020-2021 season, we are approaching all meets with minimal staffing and safe spacing while also seeking to fulfill our objective of creating opportunities for all team members to compete according to their comfort.
Time Trials Time Trials will be conducted weekly using the four middle lanes at Woodridge Swim Club. The outside lanes will be used for warm up/down and cheering by those not swimming. A minimum of four timers and a backup timer are requiredso we can get accurate times for all swims. Norwood Swim Club has been kind enough to loan us their starting system so we also need a starter with prior experience in Midlakes, USA Swimming, or equivalent meet settings. All volunteers will be expected to wear masks, participate in temperature checks and any other facility specific protocols.
Dual Meets Dual Meets held at Mary Wayte Pool are limited to 20 swimmers per team. This year, swimmers will time for the heats ahead of them reducing the need for people on deck. There will be only two officials with one provided by each team regardless of whether these are home or away meets. At this time we are being asked to provide 1 official per dual meet. We also need to provide1 computer operator and in most cases 1 scoreboard operator. Experience is preferred but there may be an opportunity for training in advance with the staff at Mary Wayte Pool. All volunteers will be expected to wear masks, participate in temperature checks and any other facility specific protocols.
Coach will determine the roster for each dual meet a few days prior. This means there is some chance that you may sign up to volunteer at a venue your swimmer ultimately doesn't participate in but we have scheduled Time Trials so there is never overlap in the schedule. And, we really need the help so please do sign up!
As a reminder, there will be no spectators permitted at this seasons' meets so volunteers get to actually watch some high school swimming live while also helping out the team.
Postseason Meets Postseason meets often require that each participating team staff one or two lanes with timers. This generally means that we require 2-4 volunteers per session. For a multi-day, multi-session meet like the District Championships this can mean we need 6-12 volunteers total.
The 2020-2021 postseason will certainly be unusual. Currently, we anticipate a single postseason meet of some kind. Once details are made available and we understand the expectations of the Boosters in supporting this season's "culminating event", we will post volunteer positions.
Retreat The girls typically kick off the swim and dive season with a fun retreat that requires parent volunteer drivers and chaperones.
Given limitations on gathering as a group during the 2020-2021 season, the annual swim team retreat will not be held this season.
Read on other opportunities that still need staffing with volunteers.
Team Dinners It is a tradition for the team to gather a couple times during the regular season and again before each of the big postseason meets for a team dinner. Families volunteer to host the dinner at their home and are aided in preparation by the Banquet Chair.
We are just beginning to think through options an alternative approaches to keeping this tradition alive in this unusual season. Team dinners will probably take on a format as unique as the 2020-2021 season itself. Volunteer positions will be posted once we know more.
Banquet The season traditionally wraps up with an end of year banquet to celebrate the season, the swimmers and coaches, and thank our wonderful Bellevue High School Swim and Dive community. Volunteers are needed to help organize the event, provide desserts and set up, clean up, and tear down decorations.
Given the delayed start to the 2020-2021 season and limitations on gathering as a group, we do not yet know if an in person banquet will be feasible this year. Regardless, we plan to organize some form of fun, end of season event that preserves great traditions like the paper plate awards and the election of new team captains. Volunteer positions will be posted once we know more.
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