You’d like to help but you’re not sure how you can volunteer with the club? The club hosts several events each season and this is a fun way to get involved! There are lots of options to take part in helping with races, for skiers and non-skiers alike. Want to become a certified official? The club pays the officiating course fee. See the Club Calendar for the dates of this season’s Level 1 or 2 Officiating courses.
Those volunteering as a Race Volunteer are expected to commit to helping with at least one of the following events:
- Teck Coast Cup #1, Whistler Olympic Park in late November or early December
- Coast Outdoors P’ayakentsut, Whistler Olympic Park during the fourth Saturday in February
- Other events hosted by Hollyburn or Callaghan Valley Cross Country (CVXC), of which Hollyburn is a member club. This may include other Coast Cup races, BC Cup series races or NorAm events amongst others that may last one or more days.
Please see the club calendar for details of events being hosted by Hollyburn or CVXC.
Those who acquire their Level 2 Officials certification and volunteer as Competition Chiefs (and receive early registration) must volunteer as a chief or assistant chief in one of the above three events. See details below regarding the Level 2 Officials course.
The minimum time commitment required should be about 4 hours per event for a total of 12 hours. Of course the opportunity to become more involved and devote more time to the above events and others exists.
When it comes to organizing an event, there are many areas where volunteers are needed, some of which require officiating training and others which require no training whatsoever. The following positions are just a few examples of where you may be able to help:
- Organizing Committee member – take part in planning the event and making arrangements for a successful event
- Timers – only requires a small amount of pre-event training
- Computer Operators – officiating training required
- Food Services – help to organize and serve food and drinks for participants and volunteers
- Volunteer Coordinator – match volunteer requests from organizers with those volunteering
- Race Announcer
- Parking Lot Attendant
- Banquet organizer – some events, like the Midget Champs, offer a banquet
- Finish Line Marshalls – officiating training required
- Race Secretary – officiating training required
- Course Marshalls – ensure safety of skiers on course
- Stadium and Course Setup – you will be directed so no training is required
Note that there are positions available that do not require you to attend the actual event (e.g. purchasing food for the event).
A good way to become a little more involved and expand your horizons is to take an officiating course (offered by Cross Country B.C.). You don’t need to be a skier and the club will cover the costs. The following courses are normally offered locally each season (see Calendar for dates):
- Level 1 Officiating for new officials
- Level 2 Officiating for those that have their level 1 and experience at a minimum of 4 events
Also, have a look at the CCBC Officials Course Schedule for offerings in other B.C. locations.