By Stephanie Myers, TeamSnap Content Manager
We’ve all been there before: a new season is just around the corner, which creates a lot of excitement, but also a lot more work. Coaches are meeting a new set of players and parents, evaluating each player for individual and team success and finding new and exciting ways to develop skills while still focusing on the fundamentals. And that doesn’t even take into account all of the administrative duties!
It’s easy to get overwhelmed as a season ramps up. We all just hope it gets easier once the practices and games begin. We volunteer our time, energy and money for a variety of reasons, but the driving force behind it all is that at the end of the day, we all love the game. We understand that team athletics is much more than just wins and losses. A team teaches us how to trust others (and ourselves), how to merge mental toughness with physical strength, how to handle victory and defeat, and how to use specific talents to benefit something bigger than ourselves.
- Being a coach or team manager is hard.
- We do it anyway because the end result is awesome.
So, now what? Do we just accept the mountain of tasks, clipboards, sticky notes, and group texts that we are about to endure as a new season begins? Do we, yet again, walk boldly into a season of disorganization?
Of course not. We live in the 21st Century, and technology has made everything easier, including team management. Welcome to the future.
Team management software can take every possible aspect of team organization, simplify it and make it available for everyone. Manage rosters, communicate news and schedules to teams, share action photos, and even collect team and league fees on your computer, smartphone, or tablet. So what should you look for in a team management platform?
Wouldn’t you like to save time communicating with your team? Mass text messages, emails that go unread, phone calls, voicemails … it’s too much! Look for a management system that allows you to communicate with your whole team at once and keeps a record of those messages so you don’t have to reinvent the wheel every time you need to send a “season kick-off” email.
Every coach gets sick of asking the same question every week: Will Sally be able to play this week’s game? Then there’s the keeping up with who can play when. Look for a system that will allow you to track players’ availability — send reminders about games and practices and put the RSVP’ing in the parents’ or players’ court by allowing them to simply check “yes,” “maybe” or “no.” Not only does this allow the coach to know how many players will be able to play, it also allows him or her to communicate with just players who checked “yes” or just those who said “maybe.”
Maybe you just have a small team, and you’re mostly looking for a calendar manager. Or maybe you have a huge team and want all the bells and whistles. Make sure your team management solution is customizable (that includes the price!) for your needs. Even better, look for a sports management solution with a free trial, which will allow you to test the solution live with your team before committing.
Time for sports parents, coaches and managers is limited and often donated. By simplifying and streamlining all of the mundane organizational tasks that go along with managing a team, you’re able to do what you do best: teach, inspire, motivate and share the pure joy and emotion that team sports brings out in all of us.
Millions of people around the world use TeamSnap to coordinate sports and other ongoing activities. TeamSnap takes every possible aspect of team organization, simplifies it and makes it available for everyone with an online management tool for sports. Manage rosters, communicate news and schedules to teams, share action photos and even collect team and league fees through TeamSnap, available on your computer, smartphone or tablet. Plans range from the low price of free to just pennies per player per month.