The Role of the Manager
As well as recruiting (bribing, begging) coaches, we also need to elicit volunteers for the role of MANAGER. We need a Manager for each team, but please remember that the role can be shared.
For those of you who want to get involved off the ice, this is a great way to contribute. The benefits of being the Manager are:
- You always know what's going on
- You get to decide what's going on
- Your daughter gets to know everything first (kids love that)
- You can avoid 8am practices by saying "Hey, I'm the manager. I've done my part"
- You can avoid 5pm practices by saying "Hey, I'm the manager. I have to pick up the name bars"
- You get to distribute the name bars and be considered a hero (kids love name bars)
- You can tell the coaches what to do. They won't argue because they don't want to lose you
- If the team loses and the parents are mad, you can absolve yourself of responsibility since you are not on the ice
- If you want to go onto the ice, you can. If you don't want to, you don't have to
- If you don't want to do something you can always argue "that's not a managers job" - since nobody really knows which tasks belong to whom
- If you organize a potluck, you get first dibs on what to bring
- If you use your credit card to pay for things, you might get aeroplan miles
- You can put it on your resume
- You can order a BKRA jacket that has your name on it (careful you don't get recruited to coach)
- You get to do all the things that kids really appreciate (organize food, parties, cake, pictures, name bars, etc..)
- The manager is the team hero - always making things right
Generally, the role involves:
- Collecting cash at the beginning of the season
- Managing the budget
- Ordering name bars
- Organizing parties and picture day
- Assisting with tournament registration
- Preparing game sheets (you can negotiate with the coach on this one!)
Some managers go crazy and do little things for certain events:
- Halloween (bring in chocolates)
- Christmas (bring in chocolates)
- Valentines day (bring in chocolates)
- Easter (bring in chocolates)
...but this is not mandatory, nor is it expected.
If you do choose to bring in little gifts from time to time, just make sure that you have included it in the budget.
Finally...please note...unlike managing a hocket team, there is no buying or selling of ice time, so previous Wall Street experience in not necessary!
If this sounds like fun, then please take a look at the Resources for Managers, where there are checklists and lots more information.
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