The Role of the Manager
The team manager is a key volunteer in the WSA Travel Program. The WSA depends on the manager to function as the primary communication liaison to the team parents. The team depends on the manager to organize and coordinate items described below. Team managers are encouraged to share responsibility with a co-manager or to delegate responsibility for managing a team to parent volunteers (“management by committee”) in order to make sure the team runs smoothly. Key tasks to be performed (or delegated) by the manager include:
§ Attending meeting with or obtaining email from league commissioner for season schedule
§ Scheduling home games (field and time) with Director of Fields.
§ Coordinating away games (field and time) with manager or coach of opposing team who gets the field and ref for their games.
§ Obtaining directions to away games and communicating to team and coaches.
§ Ensuring current approved roster and player passes are at every game.
§ Ensuring that fully stocked first aid kit and player medical releases are at every game.
§ Ensuring that other equipment necessary for the game (corner flags, linesman flags, etc.) is at every home game.
§ Payment to referees prior to home games.
§ Reporting scores on the WSA website
§ Coordinate with WSA tournament director to submit tournament applications, rosters, and fees.
§ CT Cup responsibilities as defined by CJSA (U11 and above as appropriate).
§ Communication of team-related issues to relevant Travel Program Director and/or Director of Coaching as appropriate.
§ Other activities to support coach in team building and team spirit.
§ The manager is a model for sportsmanship and fair play towards players, spectators, officials and opponents.
What works for managing one team is not necessarily what will work for managing another. Managers will need to be creative in working with their team’s parents and their WSA Travel Program Directors to find the best way to make the Travel Program a success.
More on the Role of Manager from the CJSA Southwest District Website