Parent/Guardian Obligations

The Amherst Swim Team exists to provide a successful swim team experience, including competition to its member swimmers.  This requires parent volunteers to conduct two types of activities:  swim meet operation tasks and team organization support tasks.  Remember, it is the participation of families at the meets and all other aspects of the Amherst Swim Team that make the program successful.  Without your assistance the program would surely grind to a halt!

  • During spring registration, parents are REQUIRED to sign up for specific tasks that are crucial to the smooth, successful operation of our swim meets.
  • As stated in the FEES section of this handbook, the Parent Worker Credit Program has been put into place. 
  • It will be the obligation of the parent/guardian to check in with the Volunteer Coordinator during the swim meet or event that you have signed up for to work. If you do NOT check in with the Volunteer Coordinator, you will not receive credit for working that particular meet or event.
  • The Volunteer Coordinator will keep a current record of what has been completed.  It is the obligation of the parent/guardian to make sure that the record of participation is current and accurate. 
  • Those families who volunteer to chair a committee or to serve on the Executive Board are EXEMPT from the operational assignments of any meet or event. 
  • DON’T WORRY!  Parents get “on the job” training for both operational and support activities; previous experience is NOT required!

The section below has more specific information about operational and support tasks.


            Job                        Description

            Equipment            Setting up and taking down meet equipment

            Announcer            Announcing competitive events

            Clerk of Course     Organizing swimmers for each event

            Timers                  Timing each event and giving results to scorers

            Scorers                 Recording each score

            Ribbons                Writing information on ribbons

            Concessions         Selling of food and drink



            Job                     Description

            Awards              Organizing team awards

            Fundraising        Raising Amherst Swim Team Money

            Invitational          Arranging participation in Invitational Meets

            Membership       Gathering and organizing memberships

            Merchandise      Selling team suits, goggles, caps and other merchandise

            Publicity            Publicizing Amherst Swim Team activities

            Team Photos     Arranging team photo session


Parent Code

Coming together is a beginning; staying together is progress.  Working together is a SUCCESS!


—      I will remember that children are involved in organized sports for their own enjoyment, not mine.

—      I will not force my unwilling child to participate in swimming.

—      I will teach my child that hones effort is as important as victory, so that the result of each competition is accepted without undue disappointment.

—      I will help my child work toward skill improvement and good sportsmanship.

—      I will require that my child respect other people and their property.

—      I will encourage my child to attend practice.

—      I will work cooperatively with the coaching staff.

—      I will applaud the efforts of home and opposing teams.

—      I will not ridicule or yell at my child or another child for making mistakes.

—      I will not question the official’s judgment or honesty in public.

—      I will support all efforts to remove verbal and physical abuse from children’s sporting activities.

—      I will take any concerns or problems about the team directly to the Amherst Swim Team Executive Board BEFORE discussing them with other parents.

—      I will actively participate in the Amherst Swim Team organization.

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