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    2022 Family Participation Policy

    The sport of swimming is unique due to the amount of volunteer hours required to successfully run a team. On all summer league teams, the parents of the swimmers perform these volunteer duties. Families of swimmers age 14 years or younger are required to volunteer the minimum number of shifts per Sharks bylaws. While not required, we welcome volunteers from families of swimmers age 15 and over.

    A typical "volunteer shift" includes the first or second half of a swim meet. Some meet may be broken into three shifts. Some volunteer shifts can be performed before or after the meet (e.g. meet preparation and clean-up).

    The number of required volunteer shifts varies based on the number of families and the number of meets for the season. Historically, the number of required volunteer shifts has been a minimum of 7 shifts per family per season. Each family must fulfill the number of required shifts regardless of whether or not the swimmer participates in meets. The number of required shifts for 2022 is 7. 

    If your swimmer is participating in the Blue & White and/or Invitational meet, you may be asked to volunteer at one of those meets in addition to your number of required shifts.

    In addition, because the divisional meet requires a large number of volunteers in order to operate, all families with swimmers attending the divisional swim meet will be required to fulfill at least 1 volunteer slot at this meet. At least 1 shift is required regardless of the number of shifts already fulfilled for the season.

    If you are unable to fulfill a shift you have signed up for, you are responsible for finding a replacement and notifying the volunteer coordinator.

    In order to give all families the opportunity to complete shifts early in the season, we do not allow more than (2) shifts per family, per meet. If you have a situation which you need to complete more than (2) shifts for a particular meet in order to complete your minimum shift requirement, please contact the volunteer coordinator early in the season.

    Failure of a parent to perform their required shifts causes numerous problems for the team, the other parents, the coaches and ultimately the swimmers. Please note that by registering your child with the BCC Sharks you as a parent are making a firm commitment to fulfill the required number of volunteer shifts for the season.

    Any family with 0 volunteer shifts by the sign up period for the third meet will not be eligible to attend swim practice nor swim at the fourth meet until the family has signed up for at least two volunteer shifts for that meet.

    If all required shifts are not fulfilled by season end, your family will not be granted returning swimmer status, nor will you be eligible for new swimmer registration the next swim season. (Bylaws Article III, Section F)

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