We’re not exaggerating when we say the annual Beat the Streets Throwdown could not happen without our volunteers. We’re so grateful for every one of you who chooses to donate their time to help CrossFit 718 host a fun, safe, well-organized event and raise money for the Kings County Kids Club. To make sure you feel prepared and supported going into the competition, we’ve compiled this list of simple tips.
Attend the volunteer meetings. We make every effort to work around scheduling conflicts, but if you’re able to attend both volunteer meetings in person, please do. You’ll not only gain a comprehensive understanding of event logistics, job duties, and movement standards, but you’ll also have the opportunity to get to know your fellow volunteers. And the better we can work together as a team, the more successful the event will be. (Reminder: volunteer meetings will be held on July 13 at 8 p.m. and July 27 at 8 p.m.)
Learn the WODs and movement standards in advance. This is a must for all judges. (For more tips on judging, check out this article.) But it’s also a good idea for non-judge volunteers to be familiar with the details of each workout so that they can answer competitors’ questions.
Pack snacks. It’s a long, busy day. We’ll provide food, but it may be a while before you have time to stop and eat a meal. An energy bar, piece of fruit, or any other snack you can eat on the run will help hold you over until lunch.
Bring an extra shirt. You may not be competing, but you will get a workout. Moving equipment and changing plates is sweaty, dirty work, so you may want to pack a change of clothes. (Especially if you’re planning to grab post-Throwdown drinks with the team!)
Jump in/speak up. Every volunteer will be assigned a specific task, but don’t be afraid to jump in and do something that falls outside your official job description, whether it’s filling in for a judge, helping with set-up, or relaying info to competing athletes. And if you see something that’s not quite right – a damaged piece of equipment, a misloaded barbell, an athlete in the wrong heat – let Iz, Tammy, or a team leader know ASAP.
Remember: we’re a community. Yes, the Throwdown is a competition. But it’s also a community-building event. As a volunteer, you can help every visiting athlete and spectator feel welcome by being friendly and approachable. Say hi to spectators, do your best to answer questions, and chat with athletes from neighboring boxes.
Do you have a tip that could help your fellow volunteers? Or maybe a lingering question? Share your thoughts at our first volunteer meeting on July 13th at 8 p.m.