A team mom plays an essential role for every team. They are the go-to for questions, coordinator of meetings, and keeper of the lists. If it’s your year to shine as the team mom, here are three tips for having the best season yet!
1. Be Prepared
Parents WILL be asking you questions, and if you want to be a great team mom then you need to know the answers! There are plenty of online tools and apps to help you keep track of the team roster, the schedule, and payments.
Being prepared isn’t just all about the paperwork either. When you’re at the game and practices, it’s a good idea to bring along extra water bottles, snacks, and a first aid kit. You’ll be ready when the kids need you!
2. Take the Next Step
Sure, a good team mom is prepared and ready to answer questions, but a GREAT team mom does extra.Organize a shared photo stream or a social media group dedicated to the team where you and other parents can post photos and videos throughout the season. At the end of the season, consider compiling these into a keepsake album or a digital slideshow. You can organize a team gift exchange where each player receives the same sports bracelet. The kids will be thrilled with this small gesture, and they will take pride in wearing a symbol of their team. Also, you can plan fun events for the team like going to see a college game or a local high school game. Bring fun treats for the tired players after the game. You’ll be the team mom they won’t forget!
You have to communicate! Get the parents numbers and know their names. Set up a communication hub, whether it's a group chat, email list, or social media group. Regularly pass along information from the coach, and ensure all parents feel connected and up-to-date.There is nothing worse for a parent than being uninformed about what’s going on. Make sure you get regular updates from the coach and aways keep the parents in the loop. You should be the coach’s go-to when they need to get a message to the parents.
Help Them Improve the Experience
Remember, being a team mom is about more than just logistics; it's about enriching the experience for the children, creating lasting memories, and building a community that extends beyond the sport itself. Enjoy the season and the unique opportunity to make a difference in the lives of young athletes