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  1. jpetyk's Avatar
    I had to get the clearances to volunteer to help with the HS musical. In a pinch, give me a call. May as well get my money's worth.
  2. The Fortress's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by Water Rat
    That's such a stupid rule. I recall I had to get cleared to enter my daughter's pre-school to read a 10 minute story to the class. was such a pain.
    Next thing you know, they'll require masters swimmers to get cleared to swim at the same time as Age Groupers.
    Can't you just have Carter or Stacey sub for you while they're already on deck? Or have a masters swimmer stay on deck for a set or two and swithch off?
    Lately it seems that Carter and Stacey are not both there for the age group practice, just one of them.

    No, having masters swimmers on deck without certifications does not work. I got in trouble while in Paris for having Jim Skirboll on deck, a coach who likely has the qualifications, because they weren't on file with Pitt. So I have no idea what I'm going to do for the summer. Bill White, who subbed for me last summer, doesn't have the qualifications either.
  3. Water Rat's Avatar
    That's such a stupid rule. I recall I had to get cleared to enter my daughter's pre-school to read a 10 minute story to the class. was such a pain.
    Next thing you know, they'll require masters swimmers to get cleared to swim at the same time as Age Groupers.
    Can't you just have Carter or Stacey sub for you while they're already on deck? Or have a masters swimmer stay on deck for a set or two and swithch off?
  4. The Fortress's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by pwb
    Do those rules apply if you are a volunteer coach and not *officially* a substitute coach?

    I have often thought it would be fun to coach IRL, but my travel schedule just won't permit it. If I ever do have a stable travel (or lack of travel schedule), but there were regulations that made it onerous, that would be a bummer.

    No Nationals for you, right?
    No, the rule regarding certifications applies to anyone on deck ever. I think it's onerous to impose it on masters coaches, but the rationale is that there are kids in the water when I am coaching my masters. Since I never even go in the locker room, I would argue that the masters swimmers are more of an abstract threat to the kids than I am as a master coach. Since I do not "work" with kids, I think I should be exempt. But such is the legacy of Sandusky. It just makes life difficult. You can't call in sick, have an emergency or go on vacation if there are no subs. I may well be in the position of quitting my job to go on vacation or giving up an already paid for vacation to keep my job -- which seems beyond absurd.

    I am planning on going to nationals, but purely for the fun of it (as it's not the ideal venue or tie for me). That's why I joined Stewart's team with Mark. Hopefully, Mark can have some great mens relays and Mark and I can have some great mixed relays. I did not let the specter of nationals affect my Paris trip of course.
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