Enthusiastic, organized and a true leader: a team mom. We know coaches are important but a team mom is vital. Teams could not function without one. Most of the players and coaches consider her the queen of the team!
TEXT: JOSEFINA GUTIÉRREZ
There are many responsibilities that come along with the title, and the team mom usually feels like the team’s success depends on her. There are so many things to do: attend practices and games, official rosters, tournament applications, scheduling meetings and the list goes on and on.
Here are some tips to be the best team mom:
Good use of technology. There are many smart phone apps that can make life easier. Some of them are dedicated to team management and do it all.
Keep registration information: Be sure to have a copy of the players information which contains their authorization for medical releases in case of an emergency.
Ask for help. Don’t be afraid to delegate tasks. Most of the parents are willing to help. Players, coaches and parents are responsible for the team’s achievements.
Keep extras in the car. Kids and parents are forgetful. It is important to keep extra socks, jerseys, sunscreen, bandages, pain reliever and other basics in the car.
Do not lose control. As a representative of your Club and team, other parents will look to you as an example of how to act when games get tense.
Generally speaking, the team mom’s duties and responsibilities are to do the administrative tasks for the team which will allow the coach to concentrate on coaching, the players and team development.
I try to (kindly) remind our parents about the paper they signed saying they won’t coach from the sidelines or act unruly at games.
A member of the 2016 Disney Parks Moms Panel.