There is a lot to think about when you’re a team mom. Managing your own kids can be enough work as it is, but adding other kids to the mix and dealing with other parents? It can be overwhelming. So here are some tips and tricks to be a good soccer mom manager. This is specifically for those soccer moms but a lot of this could apply no matter the sport you’re playing!
Preparing for Match Day
First things first, making sure you keep in contact with the other parents. Communication is so incredibly necessary, especially if you have so many people you have to keep track of. A good step one is creating a group chat or some sort of other social media group. Somewhere to easily schedule meetups and ensure everyone involved can stay up to date. This is also good to make sure that if any issues arise, they can get sorted as soon as possible. You want to make sure that you are keeping everyone up to date on when the games are happening and how-to the easiest way to get to the field.
Having a dedicated schedule is also key. You want everyone to know who needs to be where and when. For example, carpooling too and from games can be a nightmare to arrange without preparation. Having a rotor of all the parents who want to help out will be useful to make sure the workload of transport isn’t too much of a burden on one person’s shoulder.
Next is to make sure you’re prepared for a meet. Having a dedicated survival bag is always a good idea. Fill it with water, sunscreen, snacks, band-aids, and whatever else you think you’ll need to get through the day. It is also important to make sure that you can get access to some sort of rudimentary first aid kit. For practices and the games. Soccer is a contact-free sport but that doesn’t mean there won’t be scrapes and bumps. A change of clothes might also be useful if you have the room. No matter the weather they are going to get covered in mess on the field and having a change of clothes can save you cleaning mud off the back seats later on.
But what about when you’re at the game? Support is key. Your job is to be there. For when things go well and when they don’t. This is when the survival bag comes in handy. You’ll be prepped for any situation. But it’s also important to have some fun, catch up with the other parents. You got everyone there no problem, pat yourself on the back!
After the Game
When managing a youth team, motivation can sometimes be an issue. It might be useful to introduce little incentives to keep them going. A little prize for the MVP after each game, win or lose, the most important thing is to make sure that they are having fun, and this can help with that immensely.
Now you’re back home and you’ve got a bag of messy uniforms that need washing. A question that people ask is can you wash soccer cleats in a washing machine? The long and short is no, not at all. While you can throw everything else in there, you’re going to have to wash the soccer cleats yourself.
Make sure you head back to the group chat for a post-game day debrief. Thank everyone who was helping out, let everyone know when you’ll be next meeting (if you know), and answer any questions people might have.
One thing that a lot of people worry about is funds. That it might too pricy to do this, but it doesn’t have to be. Organizing a small fundraiser might be the way to go, there is often a surprising amount of businesses (especially local ones) who are willing to donate towards a local sports team. Splitting this job amongst all the parents to organize a small event can be a fun way to get everyone on the team together whilst also helping to keep costs down throughout the season.
Take Care of Yourself
This can be a thankless job sometimes and managing so many people can get incredibly stressful. So, make sure at the end of the day when is all said and done, you take the time to take care of yourself. And sometimes, not everyone has the time for it but it’s important, even if it’s just taking the time to take a couple of deep breaths.
I know that this can all seem quite daunting at first glance but really if you follow the simple steps you can be a high-level soccer mom in no time at all!