Turramurra United FC – Team Manager’s Role
Thank you for agreeing to be one of Turramurra United’s team managers. It’s a vital role to ensuring that every player has an enjoyable soccer season. These notes have been prepared to help you understand the role of the team manager and also gives you some ideas on how to make the season as enjoyable as possible for you, the team and the parents.
Whilst the list looks exhaustive it is really quite simple and once the initial organisation is over, it is no harder than going to the football each weekend. We have also included on the reverse side some ideas for you and the coach
to make the season even more successful and to encourage other parents to participate in the team – have a read and discuss them with your coach and try some of them out as soon as possible.
- You are the focal point for all communications between parents and players and your Age Manager, who in turn communicates with the Club Committee. If any parent or player has a question or problem, they should come to you first. If there is any form of dispute, involve your Age Manager if it can’t be resolved quickly.
- Talk to your team’s coach about your respective responsibilities and how you propose to work together. It would be worthwhile reading their role as well.
- Ensure that all members of your team are provided with contact details of other team members. Include players’ and parents’ names, as well as phone numbers and email addresses.
- You will find email an invaluable communication tool. Encourage all team parents to check their email daily, so they don’t miss anything.
- Keep track of important information from the club by visiting our website regularly. www.turramurraunited.com.au . The NSFA also has a site at www.nsfa.asn.au.
- Accept responsibility for the team’s kit. At the beginning of the season, give each player his or her own shirt. They (or their parents) are then responsible for washing and looking after it during the season.
- Make sure everyone knows the time for training and the match details. Parents should let your or the coach know if their child is unavailable for a match as soon as possible.
During the Season
- It is generally the manager’s responsibility to ensure that grounds have not been closed for training or games. The NSFA or TUFC websites should be checked for Wet Weather Information the afternoon before training and on the night before games. The Club is fined if we use fields that have been closed by the relevant council. If a training session or game is cancelled, you must let all team members know. For games or training at Ku-ring-gai High School (which is not covered by the NSFA), you should assume the ground is closed if the NSFA have advised that the council has closed their grounds, unless you receive an email from the Club saying that KHS is still open.
- On match days, it is appropriate for everyone to arrive at least 15 minutes prior to the start of the game, depending upon what the coach wants to do for a pre-match warm-up.
- If your team is short of players, you are able to have players from other TUFC teams in your age group or below fill in. However players are not allowed to play down an age group or in the competition age groups (U12 and up), down a division. Contact your Age Manager or Anita if you have trouble contacting other teams.
- Make sure each player wears shin pads to each game and training session. No shin pads, no play!
- In cooperation with the coach, ensure there is a fair system for awarding the Player of the Match Certificate each week.
- Because there are generally more team members than players allowed on the field during the match, it is club policy that all team members from Under 6 to Under 18 share the time off the field as evenly as possible. All players in attendance must get roughly equal time (exceptions apply to goal keepers who may get longer time) and as a minimum each player in attendance must play at least half a game. It is not always practical to give each player equal time in every game, however, each player should have roughly equal time when measured over a few games. Allow the coach to make strategic changes but try to ensure that all players get a fair go.
- During a game, while the coach is responsible for controlling the players, you may be asked to help keep track of who has been on and off the field and for how long. Players may be interchanged in an unlimited fashion in all age groups except All-Age Division 1.
- Organise an orange or lolly roster for half-time refreshment for the players. Of course, players should also ensure they have plenty of water on hand – it is generally the most appropriate drink.
- The NSFA publishes manuals for MiniRoos (U6-U11) and competition football (U12 and up). These can be downloaded from the NSFA or the club website.
ALWAYS REMEMBER WE ARE HERE FOR THE PLAYERS’ ENJOYMENT – WINNING COMES SECOND