An Unsung Hero, The Team Manager Does Anything And Everything To Make A Successful Season

By: Jessi Pierce, USA Hockey Magazine

 

Do You Have What it Takes?

(A few traits necessary to being a successful team manager)

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1.Organizational Skills Are Key:By far the most important trait for any team manager is being organized, not only for yourself but for everyone involved with the team. Between arranging for an out-of-town tournament, ensuring all forms and waivers are properly completed, or overseeing the all-important snack sheet, being organized will make for a successful, and sane, team manager.

2. Have An Outgoing And Friendly Personality: Parents need attention to feel involved and liked. They need to be made to feel part of the team almost as much as their players. Team managers must be able to maintain personal relationships with not only the coaches and players, but the parents as well.

3. Keep The Lines Of Communication Open: Avoid surprises by making sure that everyone is on the same page. No matter whether you use e-mail, cell phone or bat signal, getting the word out quickly and correctly to parents and players is vital.

4. Stay Cool Under Pressure: As a manager, you are part of the coaching staff and need to back up the coaches and help put out “fires” in the stands when it comes to complaints and general unhappiness. It’s a tough job but someone has to do it.

5. Don’t Forget The Snacks:Because kids and parents alike appreciate the simple gestures following a game or practice



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