Wednesday, December 1, 2010

Youth Sports: The Importance of the Team Mom

This is how a Team Mom is born.

Before the a sports season starts, the coach will send an email to the team and ask for someone to volunteer to be the team administrator, aka the Team Mom. 

You know the email. It's the kind of email that you ignore for a few hours or days hoping that someone will response before your guilty conscious gets the best of you.

If you were born with that Team Mom gene, you know that there are only one or two logical choices for the job because the job takes great organizational skills and commitment. You know that you would be the best at it, but you want the other person to volunteer first. You kind of want the job, but really do not know how you are going to juggle your time. 

Both qualified candidates play chicken. The silence on the email is deafening. 

Eventually, someone with a guilty conscious but terrible organizational skills for the job will nominated the logical choice. The flattering nomination email will say something like,  "I would volunteer, but I am not very organized. The team finances and schedule would be a disaster. I wish I were more like Betty Sue. She has complete command of her world. Betty Sue you should do it, you would be a great team mom."

Betty Sue will accept because she "kind of" wanted the job anyway.  And she will do a great job as the nominator had predicted.

These responsibilities are enumerated on MomsTeam which is a great resource for youth sports parents. The list of 10 responsibilities include:
  1. Money manager
  2. Answer person
  3. Keeper of the list
  4. Pre-season meeting coordinator
  5. File Clerk
  6. Fundraiser coordinator
  7. Volunteer coordinator
  8. Webmaster
  9. Travel agent
  10. Team Pin Buyer
I can add to the list - Spirit wear coordinator, Uniform Purchasing Agent and lead Carpool driver.

The list above was Adapted from the book, Home Team Advantage: The Critical Role of Mothers in Youth Sports (HarperCollins 2006) by Brooke de Lench. See Amazon link below.

The Main Point

The team mom can be a dad. I have seen some every good team mom, dads. 

Make sure you thank the team administrator after the season. Perhaps buy them a gift certificate to a nice restaurant. They have earned it.


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