MANAGER'S CORNER

U10 TEAM MANAGER

U12 and up TEAM MANAGER

U10 TEAM MANAGER

Thank you very much for stepping up to manage your child’s team. As a volunteer organization, we rely on parents to help out. The job of team manager is a fun and rewarding one that will allow you to become more involved.

Key duties of a team manager are to liaise between coaches and parents, keep an up to date team list with relevant phone numbers and email addresses, put together a team party and co-ordinate coaches gifts at the end of the season. A new team manager responsibility this year is to send Martin Bellemare, our JW racers website director, a list of Jozo finishers from each race to be added to the website. We will show you how to collate this information.

Coach Liaison

As soon as you find out who your team coaches are, send them an email introducing yourself. Each coach will have their own expectations of a team manager. Some coaches may ask their team manager to send out a weekly email to the team advising what discipline will be worked on that weekend and information about upcoming races.

Collate a Team List

Try and arrive the first day with a pen and paper to gather names, phone numbers and email addresses of the team. You will need the name of the racer, their parents names, email addresses and phone numbers for both racers and parents. Put the information in a spreadsheet and distribute to the team. This information can come in very handy for arranging lifts to and from races or retrieving items left behind after a race.

Races

All U10 races are held at Blue Mountain. 2 day U10 racers also take part in Canning Cup which is a race between Jozo Weider and Toronto Ski Club Jozo hosts either a Slalom or GS race and TSC hosts the other discipline. For all races held at Jozo, parents are expected to help out with the various on-hill race positions. An online sign up sheet can be found on the jwracers.ca website under the ‘Teams’ tab at the bottom.

Voluntary Membership and Banquet

Each family is asked to purchase a voluntary membership. This fee offsets the cost of medals and trophies plus funds Jozo’s social events like the AGM, Family Day party etc. Once a volunteer membership has been purchased, you will receive this year’s Jozo gift. The banquet at U10 level is free forparents and racers. The racers from the 1 day Saturday program have their banquet in the afternoon of the last Saturday of the program. The 1 day Sunday and 2 day program has their banquet on the Sunday afternoon of the last day of the program.

Team Party

Each team has a team party early in the season which offers racers and their parents an opportunity to build team spirit and get to know each other better. Ask if a parent is willing to host a team party at their chalet as those are great opportunities to get the team together as a group. A pot luck is a great way to organize a team party in a chalet. Depending on the size of the team, team parties can be fairly large as typically racers, siblings and parents are invited. If no one is in a position to host, there are a number of suitable external venues to host a team party. Here are a few options:

  • Head Over Heels gymnastics, the kids can run and jump in the gym while the parents can mingle in a function room.
  • Georgian Bowl in Collingwood,
  • Plunge in Blue Mountain Village or
  • Collingwood Trampoline.

Coaches Gift

A couple of weeks before the end of the season, start collecting money from parents for a coaches end of season gift. As many of the coaches are young, a visa gift card is a great gift idea as they can be used like cash. There are also Blue Mountain gift cards that can be used for most retail outlets and restaurants in the village. Alternatively, if you know your coach(es) well, you can always purchase a more personal gift If you have any questions, please email Mareka Ellis-Smith

Have a great season!!

 

U12 and up TEAM MANAGER

Thank you very much for stepping up to manage your child’s team. As a volunteer organization, we rely on parents to help out. The job of team manager is a fun and rewarding one that will allow you to become more involved.

Key duties of a team manager are to liaise between coaches and parents, keep an up to date team list with relevant phone numbers and email addresses, organize home races, put together a team party and co-ordinate coaches gifts at the end of the season. A new team manager responsibility this year is to send Martin Bellemare, our JW racers website director, a list of Jozo finishers from each race to be added to the website. We will show you how to collate this information.

Coach Liaison

As soon as you find out who your team coaches are, send them an email introducing yourself. Each coach will have their own expectations of a team manager. Some coaches may ask their team manager to send out a weekly email to the team advising what discipline will be worked on that weekend so the racers know whether to arrive with Slalom or GS equipment as well as information on upcoming races.

Collate a Team List

Try and arrive the first day with a pen and paper to gather names, phone numbers and email addresses of the team. You will need the name of the racer, their parents names, email addresses and phone numbers for both racers and parents. Put the information in a spreadsheet and distribute to the team. This information can come in very handy for arranging lifts to and from races or retrieving items left behind after a race.

Away Races

A team manager should arrive at away races early to get the start list and lift tickets from the coaches. Keep a pen handy as you will be marking off racers on the start list as they arrive. It may also be helpful to have a highlighter so you can highlight Jozo racers on the start list. For each away race, a team manager will have to organize 2 or 3 parents to coat run. There are usually extra lift tickets for each race but if there are not enough tickets, a team manager could ask at the race office of that hill for an extra ticket or 2. If that is not possible, tickets will have to be purchased and the cost of the tickets divided up amongst all of the parents. If your team has a race at a hill that requires an overnight stay beforehand i.e. Hidden Valley or London, the team manager could pre-book hotels for the evening before as hotels near those ski hills typicaly book up well in advance. A couple of weeks before the away race, advise parents that hotel rooms have been booked and it is their responsibility to confirm the booking. A week before the race, the team manager can cancel any extra rooms previously booked without incurring any cost.

Home Races

If your team has a home race, it is a manager’s responsibility to organize on-hill volunteers for the race. Ensure that parents are aware of the expectation for every home race, that one parent will be an on-hill volunteer. The JW racers website has a Volunteers Sign-Up under the ‘Teams’ tab at the bottom. Email your team at the beginning of the week with a link to this page so they can easily go in and sign up for a position. Check on a daily basis as you may need to send out a reminder email or two. If you are still short of volunteers a couple of days before the race, contact Mareka Ellis-Smith who will email the team on your behalf. In these cases, parents will be assigned duties and it will be their responsibility to find a replacement if they are not able to fulfill their duty.

Warming Jackets

Each team will receive a few warming jackets (also known as moo moos) that the racers can put over their race suits as they are lining up at the start gate. The team manager brings the warming jackets to each race and hands them off to a coach who takes them to the top of the race course. At the end of the race, make sure to grab the jackets and store them until the next race.

Voluntary Membership and Banquet Tickets

Remind your team to purchase their banquet tickets early (the evening banquet is for U12 and up plus their families) as the banquet is very popular and sells out every year. Also, each family is asked to purchase a voluntary membership. This fee offsets the cost of medals and trophies plus funds Jozo’s social events like the AGM, Family Day party etc. Once a volunteer membership has been purchased, you will receive this year’s Jozo gift.

Team Party

Each team has a team party early in the season which offers racers and their parents an opportunity to build team spirit and get to know each other better. Ask if a parent is willing to host a team party at their chalet as those are great opportunities to get the team together as a group. A pot luck is a great way to organize a team party in a chalet. Depending on the size of the team, team parties can be fairly large as typically racers, siblings and parents are invited. If no one is in a position to host, there are a number of suitable external venues to host a team party. Here are a few options:

  • Head Over Heels gymnastics, the kids can run and jump in the gym while the parents can mingle in a function room.
  • Georgian Bowl in Collingwood,
  • Plunge in Blue Mountain Village,
  • Collingwood Trampoline,
  • Moguls restaurant and bar in Collingwood (suitable for U14 and up).

Coaches Gift

A couple of weeks before the end of the season, start collecting money from parents for a coaches end of season gift. As many of the coaches are young, a visa gift card is a great gift idea as they can be used like cash. There are also Blue Mountain gift cards that can be used for most retail outlets and restaurants in the village. Alternatively, if you know your coach(es) well, you can always purchase a more personal gift
If you have any questions, please email Mareka Ellis-Smith.

Have a great season!!

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