As team manager you are the liaison between the coach, parents, players, and league. You ensure the smooth running of the team, and delegate duties as needed to make this happen. Sometimes it can be challenging to support the various interested parties while also staying neutral, and being kind to yourself. The key is drawing healthy boundaries and staying inside them.
Here are a few tips:
- ALWAYS refer all questions related to player selection, player positions, and playing time directly to the coach. Sharing your opinions on these matters NEVER ends well.
- On a weekly basis, decide for yourself how much time you can and want to devote to team management and try to stick to the schedule you set. There will be moments pre and early in the season when the manager role requires more of your time, but even then you can set limits. Having boundaries will help you avoid burnout.
- Empower parents to take on projects themselves that are nice, but outside the scope of what you need or want to do. The next time a parent says to you, “It would be great if the kids had monogrammed soccer bags,” feel free to shoot back (with a smile): “That’s a great idea. How can I help you organize that?”