Create a Formal Team Structure

Most new teams take anyone and everyone that is willing to help your program get pointed in the right direction. In your IMG_3998second year, you now have the opportunity to evaluate who is on your staff and what their role should be based off of your coaching staff’s strengths and weaknesses.

  1. Consider creating a Board of Directors that outlines responsibilities whether or not your team is incorporated or not:
    • Create a set of bylaws that defines responsibilities:
      • Purpose of team
      • Membership requirements
      • Committee formation
        • Executive
        • Finance
        • Fundraising
        • Tournaments
      •  Officers
        • President
        • Vice President
        • Treasurer
        • Secretary
      • Duties of members committees, and officers
  1. The team structure should include responsibility descriptions and clearly spell out what is being required. You will find that as you put people into place it will make your entire coaching system flow smoothly and operate more effectively.
  2. Here are some of the positions you should consider in your team structure:
    • Head Coach
    • Assistant Coach
    • Field Coach
    • Varsity Coach
    • Junior Varsity Coach
    • Novice Coach
    • Developmental Coach
    • Shooting Coach
  3. There are many different types of coaches and it’s important to have coaches coaching. Coaches that stand around just to be seen are a distraction so make sure the people you assign are fulfilling their duties.
  4. Your formal structure should include a coach that remains behind the line and is considered a liaison between athletes and parents. This important as it keeps parents engaged but without distracting your athletes.

Resources: 

 Download Board Of Directors example.

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