6 ways to support your team mom

By Janis Meredith | Posted 12/26/2016

Team moms are a big deal. They are the backbone of every youth sports team. Yes, the coach’s job is vital, but let’s be honest, team moms are the glue that holds the team together. They help communicate, organize, and fundraise so that your child’s coach can focusing on coaching.

If you are a coach, or a parent on the team, there are several ways that you can support your team mom as she does her job.

  • Coaches, be clear and consistent with your communication. Keep her informed so that when others ask questions, she can answer them and not bug you about it. Good communication keeps things running smoothly.
  • Parents, don’t let her do it all. Just because she volunteered for the job does not mean she should do it alone. Find specific tasks to take off her plate and encourage every parent on the team to step up and help.
  • Coaches, say thank you. Team moms don’t demand a lot, but they sure do appreciate being appreciated. Say thank you to them often for what they do.
  • Parents, curb the criticism. It’s easy to sit back and criticize when something goes wrong or doesn’t go the way you think it should. The best way to curb your criticism is to stop spectating and help out with whatever it is you want to criticize. She’s doing the best she can!
  • Coaches, don’t micro-manage. Give her space to do her job without your constant interference. She’s doing what she feels is best for the team. Encourage that by trusting her to make decisions. If there are things you absolutely must have, be sure to communicate that to her before the season starts.
  • Parents, don’t hide from her. When she calls to ask you to work in the snack bar, don’t ignore her call. When she collects money for the coach’s gift, don’t forget and make her chase you down. You’ll make her job a lot easier if you are available and willing to do your part.

If your team mom is supported in these six ways, the season is bound to go more smoothly!

The search for the 2016 Team Mom of the Year presented by Squad Locker is under way. One hundred team moms will receive a Team Mom Pack, which contains various supplies that come in handy on game day. One grand prize winner will receive a $5,000 equipment grant and an AED, courtesy of Riddell and Physio Control.

To nominate yourself or a team mom you know, click here.

Janis B. Meredith, sports mom and coach’s wife, writes a sports parenting blog called jbmthinks.com. Her new book 11 Habits for Happy and Positive Sports Parents is on Amazon.