If you know a Team Mom, give her a great big HIGH FIVE! Because Team Moms are a blessing that makes the
world team go round!
If it’s organized, planned, coordinated and accomplished, you can bet a Team Mom is behind it.
A Team Mom is one of THE most important people on the team, right up there with the coaches!
And it may seem like a daunting task to be Team Mom, but here’s the cool thing. Once you have systems in place, it doesn’t have to take a ton of time.
Here are my Tried and Tested Tips for being a Great Team Mom!
Be Organized. There are so many online tools to help with this; from rosters to tracking payments to posting game schedules. Technology is a team mom’s best friend.
Communicate. If you don’t know what’s going on, no one does! True story…99.9% of the team emails will come from you.
Be Present. Try to attend all practices and games, when possible. Parents will have questions, and they won’t always be able to get to the coach. You will serve as the point of contact between them.
Be Prepared. It is always better to be over prepared, than underprepared. 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.
Delegate Responsibilities. You just 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.
Plan Ahead. Don’t wait until the last minute to plan the end of season events; the party, the coaches gifts, the player’s 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 three-pointers in basketball).
Go the Extra Mile. 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 (local high school games are always fun!), have a cowbell decorating party, make jersey number cheat sheets, bake goodies.
These little things go a long way!
Stay Out of the Drama. Yep, even youth sports come with 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 moving on.
Enjoy Every Moment. Of course, there will be some days you’d rather be sitting on your couch than on the bleachers at the field.
And every parent’s personality won’t mesh with yours (that’s okay), so just take a few deep breaths and keep it moving.
I promise the good times will definitely outweigh the bad and before you know it, you will be volunteering for a second (third and fourth) time as Team Mom.
If you are looking for more Team Mom Tips, you can find me, Vanessa Mejia, at Confessions of A Sports Mama