Are You Organized?
First of all, did you get TeamSnap yet? If you didn’t, stop reading this now and get it. Then come back here and we’ll continue.
Got it? Good. Now let’s talk a little bit more about organization. I’m terrible at it. Won’t beat around the bush there. I’m just really not the “organized type.” But when it comes to managing my teams, for whatever reason, I’m actually one of the more organized coaches out there.
I really have no explanation for it, other than that I like doing it. And I know I keep saying it, but I definitely have to give 90% of the credit to Teamsnap. All I have to do is glance at the app on my phone and I know who’s available for a game, who has sent me a message, when practice times are, and so on. It’s more work than you think.
Personally, I would actually draw up a grid inning by inning with who was playing where. Of course it would rarely survive the first half inning intact, and we’d have to make changes on the fly, but it was still a good roadmap and helped us make sure all the kids got equal playing time.
Oh, and about that equal playing time thing…you have to keep track of that, too. If you have 12 or 13 kids on your team, of course some will have to sit during certain innings. There are only 9 spots on the field after all.
So that’s another thing to manage.
All in all, as long as you keep up with it and use the tools available to you, it shouldn’t be a big deal. But if you’re thinking you can just wing it with scraps of paper stuffed into your pockets or a bunch of sticky notes hanging around, you’ll probably be in for a surprise.
Real Story from “The Trenches”
I’ve heard stories, unconfirmed and NOT in our league, about coaches telling players to pretend they were injured so they wouldn’t have to play them in important games. And I know for a FACT that during a travel team championship game, the coach of the other team told one player (I assume not one of his best) to remove his jersey and make himself scarce so that only his top nine would have to play.
That’s just disgraceful. And word got around really quickly that that’s what he’d done.
Personally I can’t imagine pulling that kind of nonsense. I hope you can’t either.