Volunteers are extremely important to the success of Golden
Isles Scholastic Chess Association (GISCA) and in support of
the youth in the Golden Isles. Volunteer opportunities
are available on tournament days as well as on your own
time. There are many opportunities and something for
almost everyone. Please consider volunteering this
There are many ways to actively volunteer and support GISCA
Before the tournament begins, volunteers manage the GISCA web
site, select and purchase door prizes, coordinate and
transport trophies and setup of the playing area on Friday
The day of a GISCA tournament is always busy and volunteers
are crucial to smooth, quick, and courteous tournament
operations. Lead by the GISCA Treasurer, volunteers perform
on-site tournament registration, check-in, and process USCF
During the tournament, volunteers record the results of each
game at the scorer's table. Volunteers
also monitor non-competition areas for conduct that could damage
school property or harm other youth.
There are also opportunities to support the actual
competition itself. Assistant Tournament Directors
(TD) place chess player pairing information into a computer.
This is called a back-room TD. The back-room TD also
updates the computer system with game results and determines
the parings for the next round. This is a very easy
job, but accuracy is paramount. We will be glad to
Assistant Tournament Directors also monitor chess games,
answer questions, and resolve any disputes. This is
called a floor TD. We will provide training and
guidance for floor TDs monitoring the rated Grand Prix
sections. Often, Novice Junior players require extra
attention. Volunteers supporting the unrated novice
sections do not need to have significant chess knowledge.
Other Assistant TDs and the Chief TD are always available to
Volunteers are needed to discreetly move within the playing
area and take digital photographs of the youth in action.
After the tournament, volunteers put away the chess
boards and chess equipment, return tables to the cafeteria,
and role up mat on the gym floor. Volunteers are also
needed to update the GISCA web site after the tournament
with photos and results.