Ocean Athletics Volunteer Opportunities

A vital component to the successful operation of Ocean Athletics is Volunteering.   There are no paid administrative positions in the club.  The coaches receive a small honourarium but no other monies are paid to the executive or coaches.    Ocean Athletics chooses to host events to provide convenient, high quality competition opportunities for our members and as fund raising opportunities.   It is not possible to host events without the help of club volunteers.  There are abundant opportunities to help in the successful operation of our club. You may chose to donate your volunteer bond ($200) to the club instead of performing volunteer hours, but we believe you will enjoy volunteering and thus encourage you to do so.  

Members are required to volunteer for at least one Summer Series Meet (June 25, July 9, 23/2019), and either one day of the 2019 BC JD Track and Field Championships (July 19-21, 2019), or the Festival of Cross Country September 28, 2019) for the 2019 membership year.  The actual number of hours is somewhat flexible.  For instance if you are volunteering at long jump and the event is expected to take 90minutes but extends past that time due to the large number of athletes, the volunteer is expected to complete the event.  Athletes are also expected to volunteer.  Volunteer letters are available for High School students in grades 10-12 to use for the graduation portfolio, as well as all members needing a volunteer letter.   

Volunteer Opportunities for 2019 - sign up sheets available in January, 2019

Festival of Cross Country - September 28 - Crescent Park

Volunteer & Official Training

Ocean will be hosting a Level 1 Officials training session in the spring.   The session is free and will take 90 minutes.  All Track and Field events will be covered so that participants have a good understanding of how a track and field competition is officiated.

Participants will qualify for obtaining their Level 1 Officials certification as well.  Full certification requires working a set number of hours as an official.  All of these hours can be obtained through Ocean hosted events. 

A number of event teams will be set up so that volunteers can be trained in one specific area and help in that area for at least two meets this season.  

Throws: Javelin, Hammer, Shot Put and Javelin - officiating for all 4 is essentially the same

Pole Vault

Long/Triple Jump - volunteer tasks are i) tape puller (pulling the tape past the takeoff board in line with the landing spot so that the official can get a clean reading at the board ii) in the pit - placing the marker at the first point of contact in the sand iii) recorder  iv) Raker - best to have 2 people do this job - it is hard work  v) wind gauge when it is midget and older athletes.  Usually we have 2 pits running simultaneously.  

High Jump -  replacing knocked off bar, helping in the raising of the bar - 2 people are required for this task.  Usually we have 2 HJ pits going simultaneously.

Hurdle Crew -  6 -8 members to place and adjust sprint, intermediate and steeplechase hurdles.  This team is required to work quickly and efficiently to ensure the hurdle events proceed quickly and smoothly.

Track - tasks include ensuring starting blocks are placed and moved efficiently between the various start lines,  placing and removal of cut in cones used in 800m, 4x400 relay, 3000m, relay zone judges, lap counting of distance races, marshalling of athletes, accompanying athletes to relay exchange zones

Registration - distribution of athlete bib numbers,  collection of late entry fee and athlete information*, dissemination of information (where is the washroom/marshalling tent/medical etc)  This position requires the team to be in place 90minutes before the first event and stay for the first couple of hours of the event.

Setup and Cleanup - if our events are to be successful, all equipment must be set up and ready to go at least 90 minutes before the first event, and then put away at the end of the meet in an orderly fashion. Setup requires a minimum of 2.5 hours depending upon the size of the meet.

 Year Round Volunteering opportunities

  • Fundraising – if this is an area of expertise or interest, you are needed! Fundraising is a very important part of the club’s survival

  • Uniforms & Clothing coordinator

  • Volunteer Coordinator

  • Board Members – if you wish to sit on the Ocean Athletics Board of Directors, please contact President Brad Smith bnbcsmith@shaw.ca

  • Grant applications