So you’ve volunteered to be a manager - thank you. We think you’ll find that being a team manager is not only rewarding, it’s fun and a great way to get involved in your racer’s season. It’s not at all a daunting task. just follow the steps below and you’ll have 90% of the job completed.
On the first day of training, get a sheet of paper and pencil and:
- get to the hill 10 minutes early
- introduce yourself to the coaches, get their emails and stand next to them
- introduce yourself to the parents
- don’t let them leave the hill without getting their email (one they actually look at)
You now have the most important management tool - the contact list. Use the contact list for all your primary communication: notifying parents of race days, team parties, changes to schedules, training opportunities, banquet tickets, etc.
As soon as you can, organize a team party. It’s a great way for all the parents to get to know each other, the racers to interact off hill, questions can be addressed, coaches can be recognized without goggles,helmet and a big blue coat.
There are lots of places to have a team party: at the bowling alley, the trampoline place, at a pool, skating rink, condo rec centre or at a team member’s chalet. Just make sure it’s at a spot where everyone can get to know each other.
Before your first race (either home or away), read the Ontario league rules for your particular league. Most races are scored automatically - but you are responsible to sign off on the score so it is in your interest to understand how the race is scored.
Before your first home race (you may not have one this season), visit the AOA site and familiarize yourself with the rules.
Make sure you have all the volunteers required to host a race - the more the better. You can always find people to help you out.
That’s it for now, but before you go here’s a few words of advice:
- This isn’t the Olympics. You are managing a league team. That’s not to say your responsibility shouldn’t be taken seriously but the role of all parents is to be supportive of all racers (even opposing racers) and make the season a positive experience for all involved.
- Let the coaches coach. They don’t need advice on how to coach, your racer doesn’t need to hear conflicting instructions. That applies to you and the parents.
- Don’t be afraid to ask for help. Ask other parents, other managers, even the coaches if you’re not sure what to do.
Good luck and have fun.