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Managing Sports Teams

Team Management
     Many people think of a professional sports team who has a well paid manager/coach who directs the daily decisions of actual game plays of team sports like football, baseball, and basket ball.  Colleges and universities also employ team coaches who perform the same role in big time NCAA amateur sports.

     There is usually someone who has decision making responsibilities above the coaches, such as the director of athletes at the school, or the chief operating officer of a professional sports team who can fire the team manager/coach.

Team Leader
     The position as a team leader is one of the most challenging volunteer skills to master. Positioned between the demands of management and players, a team leader's skills must include the ability to juggle multiple priorities while keeping performance high and costs under control. A team leader should not have the power to dismiss a player from a team, especially when they may have a son or daughter skating on the team. Team leaders should be trained to use the art of persuasive as a means of gaining the team member's commitment to the project.

     A conflict resolution policy must be established that spells out the steps that must be followed to document a problem, steps made to effect a resolution, and why the problem rises to a level that requires arbitration by the club board of directors.  Everyone needs to remember that the club is a volunteer organization and the goal should be to support and encourage every athlete who signs a pledge to follow an ethics and sportsmanship contract at the start of each new season.

    A specific written contract dealing with:
  • Attending practices on time
  • Consistently late for practices
  • Demotion from spot on permanent team
  • Substituting alternate skaters for a permanent position on time
  • Failure to be current with dues
  • Failure to be available to compete in announced dates
Developing Teamwork
     Teamwork is the key to accomplishing the goals the team leader must use manage the emotional conflicts that routinely occur.

    A team leader skills development course should developed and participation required to train new team leaders each year and refresh policies for returning team leaders. The course can borrow from business tools that have been refined over the years that provide methods to practicing the art of persuading and guiding individuals in using the skills of:
  • Giving and Receiving feedback
  • Effective interpersonal communication
  • Business acumen
  • Persuasion and influence
  • Negotiation
     Synchronized skating teams need to attract financial assistance from local businesses to help raise the funds to allow the team(s) to travel to compete in sectional and national competitions.

    The donations provide opportunities for the young athletes to develop and support the values of good sportsmanship, discipline, and teamwork while providing a positive image of the business in the community which is a true win - win situation.

Recommended Reading:

PDF  The Sports Team Manager   The role of the Sports Team Manager can be very diverse and requires specific knowledge of the requirements of the individual sport and the procedures preferred by your coach.

PDF  Adult Sports Team Manager's Responsibilities  This handbook was created so that Adult Sport Team managers could track age requirements and eligible to participate in an HCRP league.

Sports League and Team Management Software by My Team Captain
Sports team management software for leagues, teams, and players.

Summary | Tacticsboard  Computer software is equally suitable for a professional football manager or a coach of an amateur sports team of youngsters.

Managing a Softball Sports Team with TeamSnap  There is a lot of work for the team manager and coaches who are responsible for managing amateur teams from 16 to more than 30 members.  Use software to manage:
  • Essential contact information for each player
  • Schedule and coordinate upcoming events
  • Who can (and who can't) attend practices and games
  • Accurately track team fees and payments
  • Establish a private message forum for your team

Windjammers Synchronized Skating Guidelines

Team Carolinas Synchronized Skating Team Handbook

PDF  Oxford Ice Crystals Synchronized Skater's Handbook

PDF   Synchronized Skating Ethics Guidelines

Western Ontario Synchronized Team Skating Entry Form The Western Ontario TEAM MANAGER must have in his/her possession the birth certificates along with Synchronized Team Skating List. Handwritten Team Lists are not Acceptable.

2010-2011 Leaside Synchronized Skating Teams  Synchronized Skating. Leaside Synchro Home ... Skating Club is pleased to welcome Cathy Dalton as Coaching General Manager for Leaside Synergy Junior!

PDF Synchronized Skating Team Release Form Title / position with synchronized skating team: _____. Signature: Date: THIS FORM SHOULD BE SUBMITTED BY THE ATHLETE TO THE TEAM MANAGER,

Growth and Retention Ideas - Welcome to US Figure Skating Basic Skills Program - the FUNdamentals of ice skating; About U.S. Figure Skating ... Test Chair Handbook; Synchronized Skating Team Manager's Manual ...

PDF  Typical Synchronized Team Skating Competition Announcement

Doc  Team Change Form

Forms required for a Lexettes - Junior Division - Synchronized Team Tryout:
PDF  Synchronized Skating Policy
Prince of Wales Skating Club establishes Synchronized Skating Policy including report defining responsibilities:
  • Report
  • Club
  • Coach
  • Team Manager
  • Team
  • Team members
  • Parent/Guardian/
  • Chaperones
  • Synchro Coordinator
  • Team Selection Policy
  • Travel Policy
  • Policy for Alternates
Synchronized Skating Team Contract   Expectations are explained by the Synchronized Skating Director in a meeting with skaters, parents, coaches, and team manager to explain the contract.

Ice-Lantics Synchronized Skating Team  Team Manager: Angie Rosen P.O. Box 387, Oceanport, NJ 07757; Phone: 732-547-0535. The Ice-Lantics Synchronized Skating Team is a non-profit organization.

Team Braemar Synchronized Skating  Braemar - City of Lakes Tryouts for 2011-2012 Team Braemar Synchronized Skating Teams will be held at Braemar Arena on Monday, April 18, 2011. Team Braemar is in search of dedicated, motivated skaters who want to train and develop to their highest potential. Tryouts will be held for Beginner through Junior levels.

Team du Coeur Synchronized Skating at Lakeland Ice Arena Team du Coeur, Synchronized Skating at Lakeland Ice Arena, Waterford, Michigan. ... Our managers and volunteers are both dedicated and experienced

PDF  Team Reflections web contact page


The following internet links have been gleaned from personal communications
combined with information from public institutions and athletic organizations/
associations that have a web presence with information concerning team and
individual sports programs:

School Skating Clubs & Teams
Team Ice Skating Sports
Managing Sports Teams
Team Teaching/Coaching
Team Building and Cohesion
Interscholastic Skating
State Interscholastic Sports Federations
PDF  How to Start a High School Program
PDF  School Affiliated Membership Letter
PDF  Application School Affiliated Club Membership
PDF  List of School affiliated Clubs

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