Coaching youth sports comes with more duties than just teaching kids to play. You also have to communicate with parents, coordinate schedules and sometimes complete paperwork for the league. If you have a parent volunteer to help out, capitalize on the help. Consider these tasks for your team parent.
Most youth teams have snacks after games. Instead of figuring out the snacks yourself, have your team parent help out. She can take the schedule of games and assign the families each to a date. She then distributes the snack schedule so all of the parents know when to bring food. She might also send out a reminder to the families as their turn approaches.
Communication is key to having a successful pee wee sports season. The team parent can help facilitate the communication. Give her a roster so she can create a parent contact form for each family. She can also make a phone tree for the team. If a game gets cancelled, you can call the team parent so she can start the phone tree.
A celebration at the end of the season is a great way to wrap up with the team. But with your coaching duties, you might not have a lot of time to plan and organize the party. Have your team parent take over the planning of the celebration. She can find and reserve the location and handle RSVPs from the families. She might also order medals or other awards for the players at the end of the season.
If your team travels to other cities, carpooling may be an option. If any of the players or families are interested, have the team parent organize a carpool option. She can help pair up families for carpooling purposes.
Other Housekeeping Tasks
The other tasks for your team parent depend on the specific tasks you have to do to keep the team going. If there are any housekeeping type tasks that you can pass on, ask your team parent to handle them. Just don’t put too much on her plate. Remember the team parent is a volunteer position so you don’t want to take advantage.