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Youth Sports Organization Management

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The best-run youth sports organizations understand that a “successful season” is not measured by how many games are won, but by bringing out the best in athletes and their families, bringing players back season after season, and attracting new players. In this presentation, author and youth sports expert Brooke de Lench addresses sports organizers as she explains the ten most important steps to efficient youth sports organization management, including how to keep parents and kids coming back, manage your league from a business perspective, balance your role as a league official, and more.

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Youth Sports Organization Management

  1. 1. Discovering the Most Effective Management Practices for a Winning Organization Brooke de Lench, Founder/Publisher August 17, 2011sports
  2. 2. By Brooke de Lench Founder: MomsTeam.com Author: HOME TEAM ADVANTAGE: The Critical Role of Mothers In Youth Sports (Harper Collins)sports
  3. 3. Today’s Program  What I will talk about:  The 10 most important steps to keep parents & kids coming back  How to manage your league effectively from a business perspective  How to balance your role as a league official using business best- practices  Short survey -who is in our audience?  Time: ~ 40 min. presentation, followed by Q&A  Questions? Send them via the “Question” section on the right-hand side of your screen, we’ll take them at the end of the presentationsports
  4. 4. Survey  Answer short survey in “Poll” section of your screen.sports
  5. 5. What is a “Successful” Sports Organization? Repeat Trust Satisfied Customers Customerssports
  6. 6. Example: More Than Six Leagues in Chicago Youth Football  USA Youth Football (governing body)  Pop Warner  Chicago Bears Youth Football  Chicago Land  Howard Griffith – Spartans  Snoop Dog League  Chicagos is a division of the league he established in Los Angeles in 2004.sports
  7. 7. The 10 most important steps to keep parents & kids coming back#1 Child-centric  Know your customers  Listen to what the children want  Kids need to be the focus at all times#2 Parents as Partners  Strong Communication-Communication is King Communicate early and often  Encourage Parent Input  Open Meetings  Allow Anonymous Questions/Comments#3 Safety  Has to be a top priority-define a safety plan  Physical, sexual, and psychological#4 Inclusiveness  Scholarship programssports
  8. 8. The 10 most important steps to keep parents & kids coming back#5 Teach the Sport  Provide ongoing training for coaches and umpires  Include child development segment#6 Mandate a 2-adult rule  Protects kids  Protects adults#7 Be accountable and transparent  (will cover this in next slides)sports
  9. 9. The 10 most important steps to keep parents & kids coming back#8 Provide contact information of all adults involved  How and when can parents get in touch with coaches, administrators etc#9 Parent training  provide a non-threatening fun program#10 Have a fair grievance process  Provide the correct channels to lodge a complaintsports
  10. 10. How to manage your league effectively from a business perspective Do a SWOT analysis  Strengths  Financial Security  Abundance of Volunteers, etc  Weaknesses  Struggling Financially  Lack of Volunteers  Opportunities  Great Coaching Staff –  Threats  Disgruntled Parents  Kids dropping out  Negative Press ( Accountant caught embezzling, etc) * Consider hiring a consultant to help with this.sports
  11. 11. How to manage your league effectively from a business perspective  Be accountable and transparent- Self-regulation not the answer  Identify decision makers  Non profit or for profit  Seek Parent Input  Parent Advisory Group  Open Meetings  Board meetings should be advertised and open  Term Limits  New Blood  Financial accountability  Public Financial Discloser  Benchmarking  Track performancesports
  12. 12. How to balance your role as a league official using business best-practices  Balance female and male coaches and administrators  Provide lots of opportunities for communications  Implement a comprehensive risk-management plan  Establish a youth Sports council  Utilize Active Network products  Let MomsTeam help you with parents information & educationsports
  13. 13. Please submit questions in the “Question” section of the toolbar on the right-hand side of your screen. For more information, visit MomsTeam at: www.MomsTeam.com http://twitter.com/#!/MomsTeam http://www.facebook.com/MomsTeamsports
  14. 14. Thank you for attending! For more information about league management software and online registration, please contact us at ActiveSports@ActiveNetwork.com To answer questions about this webinar, please contact delench@momsteam.comsports

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