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Family Participation

In 2019, we will continue the new participation policies adopted in 2018. Please feel free to provide feedback, as we are always looking to improve the process.


Four Seasons Tidal Waves is a swimmer-oriented, parent-operated team. The summer season is an extremely rewarding and fun experience, but it will require a lot of volunteer time and effort to manage the team and run the meets. We’ll need every family to participate to ensure a successful season.

During registration, each family will have a $150 pre-authorization hold placed on the credit card. The non-participation fee is only processed / charged at the end of the season if the family has not accumulated enough volunteer points (more details below).

To accumulate enough volunteer points, each family will have to provide a volunteer for one Team Management Support Role (a "Role"), and a volunteer for a Job Session (a "Job") at each swim meet.

Volunteer Positions

[1] Team Management Support Role

The family volunteer selects one Role for the season, such as a board position, an event coordinator, or a number of various support roles. The role is selected during the registration process. For a list of Roles and their descriptions, see the Role Descriptions page.

[2] Meet Job

To ensure that all our meets run smoothly (both at home and away), each family is also required to provide a meet participation volunteer for one job session each meet. This volunteer assignment will require a commitment for at least half of the meet. Examples include timers, concessions, clerks of course, and more. For a full list, see the Meet Job Descriptions page. The job you choose can change from meet to meet. Each family will select one of these jobs online for each meet of the season, prior to the meet. You may have the opportunity to sign up for a job at all meets during registration (if the schedule is available from the league in time), or you can sign up when you RSVP your swimmer just prior to the meet. 

Accumulating Points

Twenty (20) volunteer points are required by the end of the season.

Ten (10) points are earned for your team management Role, and one (1) point is earned for each Job session worked during a meet (there are 10 meets in the season, including the time trials and the All League meet).

Non-Participation Fee:

  1. At registration, each family will have a pre-authorization hold of $150 put on the credit card used.

  2. For each volunteer point below the required number of points at the end of the season, a $50 charge will be added, up to the $150 hold.

  3. If you fall behind in points during the season, you can make some up by filling two job sessions during a meet.

  4. You can monitor your volunteer point accumulations by logging into the swim team website.

If your family has trouble meeting these commitments, please contact the Volunteer Coordinator. There are a number of ways we can accommodate special circumstances, and we are ready and happy to help. 

The non-participation fee is not intended to be a revenue source for the team. We don't want to take your money, we just need your help! We can’t have a team or run meets without complete support from the families.

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