Dear Team Manager,
Thank you very much for volunteering to be the team manager. You play a very important role for your team and our organization. You are the central figure in creating the flow of communication - not only within the team (players, parents and coaches), but also between the team and all the support systems such as NorCal, CAHA, Jr Sharks Board, tournament directors and so on. Running a team is like running a small business - you and your coach(s) are partners working toward the same goal: Making this hockey season enjoyable and successful. Each of you have a specific role in this partnership. While the coach is primarily responsible for the development of the players, your role is to ensure all the off-ice tasks are complete and that the lines of communication stay open and effective.
Team Manager's List of Responsibilities:
Finally, know how to delegate! You do not have to do this alone. It takes a village to run a hockey team, utilize your parents and get everyone involved.
If you have any questions please don't hesitate to contact
Megan Erk (Deputy Director at firstname.lastname@example.org)
Thanks again for your support of the Jr Sharks.
USA Hockey Member (no cost)
As a team manager, you are required to have USA Hockey Number to be rostered. Go to USA Hockey website, click on Become a Member and choose Ice Managers/Volunteers. This must be done each season.
CAHA Screening (fee)
Every Team Manager (as well as chaperone, locker room monitor - anyone who comes into contact with the players) needs to go through CAHA screening. Click on: http://www.caha.com/view.pl?p=screening/index.htm , and you will find the screening instructions. There is a nominal fee for this that is not covered by the Club.
If you or any of your parent volunteers believe that they have been screened, please check the CAHA Screening Compliant List. The screening must be done every two years.
SafeSport Training (no cost)
Team Managers will be required to go through SafeSport Training. The training is available at no cost. The training was produced by the United States Olympic Committee and is comprised of short video segments that take approximately 90 minutes to complete, however, not all training needs to be completed in one session. you will need your USA Hockey Member Number. Information on how to register and access the SafeSport Training can be found at http://www.usahockey.com/safesporttraining. Also, please be sure to select the USA Hockey SafeSport course as there are multiple courses available. The website also has links if you have questions about the training or on registering for the training. This training certification is good for two years, and there is a shorter "update" course available if you completed your initial course in 13/14.
Coaches may differ on how they want things to run. While many want the team manager to communicate all the time, there are some that desire to do some of the communication. To make sure that you have a good working relationship with your coach, it is important to go over different aspects of managing the team and understand the Coaches expectations.