Your responsibilities as a coach are vast. To try and make it easier and encourage parents to participate, you should be delegating some of the work. Putting parents in charge of practice and game refreshments and equipment will take away a lot of your administrative burden, allowing you to focus more time and energy on coaching kids.
Regardless of the temperature, all of the running around involved in sports is going to create thirsty and hungry kids. Parents should be left in charge of providing drinks and wholesome snacks that are going to keep the children energized during practice and games. At the beginning of the season, use the call polling feature your DialMyCalls account offers to set up a schedule with the parents to make sure that snacks are always provided. Since your practice and game schedule is likely to change, use a rotational method as opposed to picking dates.
For example, the first parent to respond to your poll is number one, followed by the second as number two and so on. The number one parent provides the refreshments at the first event, and then the rest will follow suit. Once each parent has responded, you put the names in order and send a new message with the schedule. Also send a message via phone call or text message to any e-mail address provided so that the parents have a hard copy as well. This permits them to trade spots with other parents if they are unable to make it with snacks on their scheduled day.
In the event that the sporting facility you use does not provide storage, there will be a need for someone to lug the equipment you use back and forth. Bats, balls, pucks, and goal posts are just a few of the items you may need to bring to each practice.
If you need to be concerned about getting the equipment back and forth, use the same system as the one for snacks to get the parents involved in this. Like with the refreshments, when your players’ parents have a responsibility to fulfill, it encourages them to be a more active parent participant. Your young player’s morale is boosted by a parent’s presence on the sidelines. Use your needs as an excuse to encourage parents to be at practices and games as much as possible.
The features of DialMyCalls can help you in your coaching efforts myriad ways. Take advantage of them to encourage parent participation while easing some of your burdens.
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