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Now that it is summer, you may have your child involved in sports like baseball or even soccer. In the fall, even more, sports like football and cheerleading, leading to a multitude of tryouts and the joining of sports teams. Your kid does not have to be the only one involved in these teams, however, as you can volunteer and help out too!
1. Be the Team Parent
No matter the type of sports team your child plays for, there is often a team parent. This parental figure handles all of the behind-the-scenes duties such as fundraising and signing volunteers up for a multitude of different opportunities. Team parents are often volunteers themselves, so if you have a close relationship with the coaches or if your child has been on the team for a while, consider signing up. You have to be someone who is outgoing and willing to get your hands dirty when you need to though.
2. Bring Snacks
One of the things that a team parent may request of the other families is to sign up on the snack sheet. This involves bringing a snack and a drink for the players after every practice or after every game. Although this volunteer opportunity seems minimal, it is actually very important for the children as they will be fueling their bodies and maintaining hydration even on the hottest of days. Make sure to choose at least one option that is healthy so that you do not load up the children with junk food and sugar.
3. Wash Uniforms
Sometimes, children do not have access to laundry services at their homes, so they cannot wash their uniforms every week. These families often have to pay to take their sports laundry to a laundromat, paying extra for another washer so the dirt does not get on other clothes. Volunteer to do the laundry for some of the other families, bringing back their uniforms to them on a weekly basis, if you have a washing machine. Make sure to provide special care if the team utilizes sublimation uniforms, however, so that you do not ruin the print.
4. Become an Official
If you have deep expertise in the sport your child plays and do not want to coach, become a rules official. In baseball, there is a need for umpires; while in basketball and football, for instance, referees are absolutely necessary. You must have an understanding of the rules of the game, however, so that you can make the right calls without other parents becoming mad at you for a bad ruling. Make sure too that you are able to form an unbiased approach so that you do not just favor your child’s team.
5. Clean the Field and Court
Many volunteer rules officials and coaches spend their time cleaning the game area before practices and games. Take some of this stress away from them by volunteering to clean up whatever is left behind so that the others can focus on the kids. Do not only worry about picking up trash from the seating area or from the player’s benches, however, as there is much more to do. Volunteer in baseball, for instance, to sweep the dirt; while in basketball, you can volunteer to wipe the court to ensure grip.
6. Offer to Coach
When your child plays for a school team, they do not have to worry about a coach as he or she will be provided by their actual school. When playing for a recreational league, however, coaches are only volunteers. Often, it can be difficult to find assistants to the head coaches, though sometimes, head coaches are hard to come by too! Experience the joy of teaching young minds by signing up to help out in the leading of your child’s sports team, especially if you have expertise in that sport.
It is fun to watch your children play sports. You can get involved in more ways than just watching, however, by spending time in a multitude of different volunteer opportunities. Pick up a role as a team parent, coach, or rules official; or take the time to bring snacks, clean uniforms, and clean up before and after games and practices.