Every parent wants to encourage their kids to be active and participate in team sports. However, sometimes there’s just not a team close enough for them to join and other times all the local sports teams have a long waiting list. If there’s not a space on a local sports team for your child or not a team that meets their needs, why not start one?
It might seem a lot to take on but if you plan properly and get help from other parents, it’s a lot easier than you think to start a sports team. To help make launching a new youth sports team easier for you, I thought I would share a few tips to help you get started.
Ask other parents if they’d like to get involved
Running a sports team isn’t something that you can do all by yourself as it will take up too much of your time. So before you start up your sports team, it’s a good idea to see whether any other parents would like to get involved. To be able to start a team that will grow over time, you need to ensure that you have lots of help. You’ll find that there are plenty of parents in the same position as you, so getting help shouldn’t be too difficult.
Set days for practice and matches
Once you’ve got some other parents on board for your new sports team, the next step is to set a schedule. You need to think about how often the team will need to practice and when the best days and times would be to hold them. When it comes to match days, this will depend on what sport it is, as some sports have a set match day. Most kid’s sports, like football, basketball, and hockey, have matches on the weekends because of school. However, sometimes there are after school matches as well.
Plan a mini tournament
To get your new sports team out there, the next step is to plan a mini tournament. Get in touch with a few other local sports teams and suggest having a mini tournament one weekend. Admittedly, this will require a lot of planning, but it’ll be more than worth the effort. To cover the cost of the tournament - food, drinks, medals and engraved trophies, you’ll need to ask each child to pay a small fee. Set an affordable amount that each team member needs to play to enter the tournament and use this to help cover costs.
Learn how to move the team forward
If you’ve never run a sports team before, the chances are you’ll struggle when it comes to progress. It’s a good idea to get a helping hand from someone who knows about team sports and the best ways to move teams forward. Do research online, read books and learn the best ways to help your team to move forward. Team sports can be just a hobby. However, for some team members but for others they can lead to a future in sports, so helping your kid’s team to progress is important.
There you have it, everything that you need to know about launching a sports team.
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