Volunteers

All club coaches are volunteers. They are individuals who take their personal time to instruct and coach your child. Without their efforts this program would not be possible. 

Team parents can volunteer to assist the coaches by: 
  • Helping with phone calls to team members
  • Helping with organization of travel to meets
  • Helping at practice
  • Helping organize the end of the season team party and post-game refreshments.
     
Any pare
nt, regardless of prior experience, is more than welcome to volunteer to help during practice. The more parents involved, the more the kids will get out of the program. At our AWAY meets, we will generally be asked to act as a co-host. Essentially, we will work with the hosting team to help ensure a smooth an efficient meet operation. In order to achieve this goal, we will need 1 parent per athlete to volunteer. The objective will be to have the parent working for no more than 2 hours during the meet.

At our HOME meets, we will operate the entire meet with volunteers (with the possible exception of event timing). In our experience, assuming full control of meet operation increases the likelihood of an efficient meet. In order to achieve this goal, however, we will need a larger time commitment. As we get closer to a HOME meet, we will discuss this in more detail.

USATF Requirements

Each coach/volunteer must submit the following to be covered by the USATF liability insurance policy during club practices.

Note: For 2016, the process has changed.  Completion of SafeSport training (http://www.usatf.org/About/SafeSport.aspx) is required by all coaches, volunteers and administrators.

Step 1 of 4 - A USATF membership application
  • Under "Membership Category" you should select "Parent" (volunteer) or "Coach", depending on your role with the team.
  • As of 2016...Do not association your membership with Alpha Crush Running Club at this time.  If you do so, and the SafeSport and background check are not complete, you will invalidate the club's status, making the club ineligible for insurance.
  • Your USATF membership number will be emailed to you upon completion of the membership application.  This number is needed for the forms below.
Step 2 of 4 - Background Check: All coaches and volunteers who come in contact with youth athletes during registered club practices or other club-related track and field activities must submit a background check.
  • Background checks are required every 2 years.
  • Information about the USATF Coaches Registry can be found here. The USATF Coaches Registry Approved Coaches list can be found here.
Step 3 of 4 - Complete SafeSport training
Step 4 of 4 - Change club affiliation