Monday, October 6, 2014

Finding Your Team Role

as seen in USA Hockey Magazine  

  So who wants to be a team manager? I remember one season when the coach asked that question and all the parents lowered their heads. No hands went up. No surprise there. Who has the time and the energy for taking and making countless phone calls, booking teams, tournaments, organizing fundraisers and dealing with parents? It's challenging enough to get a decent meal in your kid’s belly and to the rink on time with all their equipment. Pile more duties onto an already full plate of just being a hockey parent? Run the risk of a mid-season meltdown? No thank you!

   In the excitement of a new season, and when no one else is volunteering, you might be tempted to find that inner hero and stick up your hand for every job. But journalist and hockey mom Randi Chapnik Myers, who blogs at, has some cautionary advice for those who get the urge to strap on the super hockey mom or dad cape. “Remember that it's a long year, especially if you have other kids, and school/work will heat up, too. Bottom Line: If you take on more than your share, you'll burn out fast,” says Chapnik Myers. Think about what you're really good at and stick to it. One mom was a photographer and she had her camera at every game. At season's end, she made a phenomenal book of photos for each player. Start with one job. You can always take on more.”
      If you do take on a leadership role, realize the job calls for diplomacy says Oswego, N.Y. hockey mom Carla Peacock. She and her husband should know, having evolved from youth hockey coach and manager to college club hockey coach and manager. “It is important that you don’t come in like you know it all, and try to take over,” says Peacock. “There are people who enjoy helping as much as you do.”
    Hummelstown, PA hockey mom Jen Kurzenknabe mastered the task of team manager by organizing and delegating, “Being a hockey manager can be challenging, but once you have all the initial things done for your team like the meetings, paperwork and volunteers, it is very rewarding to see all of your effort and planning put into action.”
        Teams need parents to step up and there’s a job for everyone. Remember, just like your kid’s team, it should be all for one and one for all.

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