You accepted the challenge here are some great tips to help your team mom journey
Youth Sports Team Mom duties can vary and works out the details with their Team’s Head Coach, based upon the team requests and requirements. The basic duties usually include helping with the administrative/organizing for the team, which then allows the coach to concentrate on coaching duties.
Taking on the role of “Team Mom” can be a time-consuming job if you are not organized right from the start! You may need to make some slight modifications for your particular sport and league/program offering, hopefully these tips can be helpful no matter the sport. Generally you don’t become a team manager for the perks. Also, you don’t volunteer because of the overwhelming, unconditional love you have for your child. Most of the time you volunteer to be the team manager aka team mom or team dad because you’re a Type-A personality who likes to plan, be organized and know how to deal with ambiguous planning by coaches who already have too much on their plate.
1Be Organized and Prepared.
Get organized before the season starts. Now that you have your list of volunteers, you need to get your team parents to sign up for the various jobs. Many team managers simply email the list of jobs and hope that parents sign up. This inevitably puts the team manager in the position of resident nudge, because it’s easy for parents to ignore the email and hope that if they do so long enough, someone else will sign up and they won’t have to do anything. It is always better to be over-prepared, than under-prepared. Keep a sports mama bag with you at all times. Essential items to include are extra waters, a mini first-aid kit, ice pack(s), and the team roster/contact information.
If you don’t know what’s going on, no one does! Most of the team emails will come from you. You are the buffer between the coach and the parents. You need to communicate with the coach on a regular basis, so that you can pass along relevant information to the players and their families. The coach doesn’t need to be bothered with a ton of questions about practice schedules, game times, uniforms, tournament details, etc.. Team is usually tasked to send out an email to the entire team, text individuals, post schedules, send reminders, and have sign ups all in one place. Keep the communication lines open and watch the magic happen.
Even the best team moms can’t do it all … and you shouldn’t have to! Ask for (assign if needed!) volunteers. They can help with snacks, chains, game film, etc. It takes a village.
Don’t wait until the last minute to plan end-of-season events; party, coaches’ gifts, players’ gifts. You know it’s coming. In football, having a touchdown jar is one of the easiest (and less stressful!) ways to do this. You could even tailor this to other sports (i.e. goals in soccer or 3-pointers in basketball).
5Give Extra Effort.
This is what sets you apart from the rest. Take and share lots of photos, make banners for them to run through, plan team outings, have a decorating poster party, make jersey number cheat sheets, bake goodies. These little things go a long way!
Even the best organized and prepared youth sports organization can have a bit of drama. Being the team mom, you are privy to lots of information. Don’t get caught up in the chatter and gossip. Take the high road by smiling and keeping it moving.
7For the Love of The Game.
There will be some days that you’d rather be sitting on your couch than on the bleachers at the field. There will also be some parents that you would never choose to be good friends with. Just take a few deep breaths and keep it moving. The good times will definitely outweigh the bad. Chances are you will find great relationships with players, coaches, and parents!