We believe that parental involvement is essential. Within the Piranha Parents Association (everyone parent of a swimmer on the Team is a member of the PPA), there is an opportunity for everyone to volunteer no matter your skills, interests or availability. These opportunities include running bagel or pizza parties after practice, becoming a swim meet official, running a sign making party and much, much more. Please be aware of the Meet Volunteer requirements detailed below. This is for each Piranha family.
Meet Volunteer Requirement
Piranhas instituted a MANDATORY timing/meet volunteering requirement for all Piranha families. This applies regardless of your level of meet participation. Each family (regardless of # of swimmers), will be required to work a minimum of six timing/meet volunteer shifts during each year (Sept-July), one of which MUST be done during the Long Course season (May-July). Each “season” is defined by the respective start date of the season up to and including CT Regionals. Please note for Age Group championships and Senior championships those parents of entered swimmers must fulfill those requirements regardless if yearly Piranha requirement is already fulfilled. A “shift” is defined as a predetermined amount of time a person times/volunteers at a meet, usually no more than two hours. The Piranhas usually divide assignments into 2 shifts but can divide into 3 or 4 shifts, if necessary. A “shift” DOES NOT include timing for your own swimmer at Distance meets. A Google Doc is emailed in advance of a meet and parents can sign up to time using this on-line system.
Each family (with their registration) has paid $300 towards this volunteer requirement. If you fulfill all 6, you will receive the entire $300. If you work several shifts over the requirement, you will receive a $50 “Activity discount.”
Maia swimmers (8/Under) who swim “Winter Only” (Sept-Mar) and kids who join the Team in the Summer pay $150 and are required to fulfill 3 shifts during their respective Season to receive a full refund.
Families can “volunteer it forward” up to 5 shifts by working more sessions in the Short Course Season, giving that family continued credit for the Long Course BUT at least 1 of the total 6 shifts must be completed in the Summer Long Course season. All 6 can be completed in the Long Course, if necessary.
If you do not fulfill your requirement, the amount paid will be forfeited.
Active Piranha USA Officials will not be required to adhere to these requirements.
The links below describe the various volunteer opportunities available within the Piranha organization.
Meet Volunteers – please read the Handbook about the different volunteers at home and away meets
PPA: Social, Fundraising and Team Store Coordinators