When you’re running a kids’ soccer team, softball league, or other sports organization board, you’re primed to expect the unexpected. That said, how are you communicating with the team, parents, and your fellow organizers? If 2020 is the year to raise your game, consider these three tips. Here’s to a winning season!
This is probably the most important step for a sports organization board to define ahead of time. When change is coming, think about an early heads-up to the parents as well as to coaches and fans. Letting parents know what will happen as soon as you foresee it will set the stage for a smooth transition. Encourage and respond to feedback, even while being clear why and how certain shifts must occur.
Is the change a matter of players’ safety? Is it to follow new laws or rules? Parents want to know. Even if they’re not thrilled with the change, they’ll usually accept a sensible rationale.
Add a word to the parents about where they can look up club polices. Your website is perfect for this, while email, text and social media are good channels to send readers to your site for more. Use layers of messaging, to reach your busy audiences.
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Plan fun as well as games! Consider group outings for refreshments and fun. Bowling or bumper cars are perfect for building a cohesive community around your sports organization board and team. Look for a spot that caters to all diets (such as vegan, nut-free, and gluten-free) and announce that—so no one feels forgotten or anxious.
Carpool or set up a bus for events. Like sharing a feast, sharing a ride is a chance for athletes and supporters to bond. It is also a great way to get everyone updated on news.
Careful planning and preparation for your youth sports board of directors can not only strengthen your organization, but encourage others to want to join. By providing a reliable and efficient system of communication, everyone will want to be part of your planning team!
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