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Parent Participation Program

 

Parent Participation Program

Our Parent Participation Program is your opportunity to help Delta Gymnastics achieve excellence.  When you give back to the club, you help us achieve more, reach our goals, and keep our fees affordable.  

Everyone is welcome to help. DGS is a fully not-for-profit gymnastics society, and all of our non‐coaching activities are supported by our community of family members. We believe that your involvement has a positive effect on your child’s passion for their sport, while building a strong family network within our organization.

Who must participate in the program? Parent Participation is mandatory for the families in the programs who use our gym most, the Superstars and Competitive programs, but no matter what program your child is in, we welcome your help and expertise.

We calculate your participation requirements based on the combined training hours of all the participating gymnasts in your family. You can contribute by:

  • Participating in supporting events, which involves your time and effort, and/or
  • Paying Parent Participation fees

Consider how you can help. There are many simple ways to meet the participation requirements. Please take the time to consider where you and your family can best contribute. We need your valuable time to make our events successful, and to maintain our wonderful facility.

As an added bonus, when you participate, you’ll get to know other families and learn more about the sport!

How do I sign up? Throughout the year, the Parent Participation Committee will organize meetings and send emails alerting families of upcoming events and opportunities to help. 

We list opportunities to participate in the SignUp Genius on the DGS website. Sign up is on a first-come, first-served basis. New opportunities to help are posted regularly.

Remember to record your participation hours. Although we remind everyone to record their participation hours throughout the year, parents are responsible for recording all hours as they are completed in the Parent Participation Binder in the main office. 

Please note that once your participation requirement has been reached, we would still like to know if you put in any additional hours. This helps us with our annual application for BC Gaming funds.

We must demonstrate to the BC Gaming Policy and Enforcement Branch that we have active volunteers.  The application for gaming funds requires comprehensive accounting for volunteer activities and the associated hours. This list is translated into dollars or, how much we would have to pay to replace those volunteer activities.  More hours could affect the amount of funding we receive. This grant helps us keep our fees as low as possible.

How are the participation requirements calculated? Your participation requirements depend on your combined family training hours (total training hours for all of your children in participating programs). 

In the table below, the time commitment required, or corresponding fee, is matched to the number of training hours. Families are required to deposit post-dated cheques or credit card information with the office when they register. When the Parent Participation hours for Operation Red Nose, the Delta Invitational, and the Chocolate Drive are completed, the corresponding cheque will be voided, unless the family wishes to pay the fee in lieu of participating.  Please note, however, that your participation is the most important thing you can give – these events cannot happen without help! Operation Red Nose, for example, cannot operate without driving teams, and the Delta Invitational cannot take place without helpers in place at the event.

 

How can I get involved on committees or at events?  We would love to match you with a committee or opportunity that suits your field of expertise or interests!  Please feel free to discuss how you can make a difference with our Parent Participation Coordinators. 

The following is a list of committees for major DGS events, and examples of the positions they offer:

Chocolate Drive Committee (July to November): Prize Coordinator, Chocolate Distribution Coordinator, Records/Money. 

Operation Red Nose Committee (July to January): Assistant Coordinator of Operation Red Nose, Headquarters Committee,  Volunteer Coordinator, Food Coordinator for the Volunteer Nights,  Volunteer Promoter, Police/Criminal Record Checks, Volunteer Confirmation and Follow-Up, Volunteer Gifts, Volunteer Appreciation,  Marketing and Sponsorship, Sign Committee,  Poster Committee, Kick OffEvent, Mascot Coordinator.

Delta Invitational Committee (January to May):   Awards, Hospitality, Marketing and Sponsorship, Minor Officials, Computer Scoring, Set Up and Take Down, Raffle, Admissions, Food for Judges and Coaches, Popcorn, Logistics.

 

We also need helpers in these areas: 

Holiday Jingle (Dec): Assist with set up and take down, child supervision and welcome/ registration.

Sport Showdown (Oct): Assist with registration, food, clean up of the event.

Spring Fever (Mar): Assist Program Coordinators with set up and take down, music, and welcome/registration.

Social Committee: Organize various activities such as the Fall Welcome event, and seasonal events (Halloween, Christmas Party, Family Days etc.) that enhance club team-building.

Food Contributors: Contribute food for Operation Red Nose New Year’s Eve Dinner, Delta Invitational and other events as needed.

Lost and Found: Display items in the lobby monthly, wash and donate unclaimed items.

Special Skills/Business: Trade skills (electrician, plumber, carpenter etc.). Other skills like Communications, HR, Legal. Businesses such as glass cleaning, carpet cleaning etc.

Foam pit clean ups (Oct and Nov): Assist with clean up of the three foam pits. Children can assist, but hours only awarded to adults.

 

Feedback?  Ideas? Want to get in touch? We welcome your suggestions at parentparticipation@deltagymnastics.com