The Managers of the drill team
can be a great help or an annoyance and distraction if their duties are not spelled out
for them. Often they get bored because of uncertainty of their specific responsibilities
or discouraged because of lack of self esteem or importance. As I always had several
managers, I divided their duties as follows:
*One acted as the 'nurse' or
'trainer' and always carried the first aid supplies as well as the medical release forms.
She was required to take CPR, first aid and training skills from the school athletic
*One was in charge of all tapes
and sound equipment during practice or performances. She also ran music and duplicated
practice tapes for the team members.
*One was 'wardrobe chairman,' in
charge of all props and costumes to issue and check back in each week. She would also
monitor inventory and prop repairs as well as re-orders.
*One was my 'business manager'.
She was usually the one that was an upper classman that had taken computer, typing or
bookkeeping classes. She would type letters, transfer mailing labels to the computer,
write memos, receipts and general team bookkeeping.
The Booster Club I had was great.
There were always many parents eager and willing to help. We broke into groups and
committees for fundraising, costume making and chaperones. I met monthly with committee
chairmen and executive board members to plan the needs and strategies for the team.
To mobilize each of these groups
into action may require more planning and meeting time in the beginning stages, but the
results will allow you some mental freedom when you leave school in the afternoon and see
more proficiency in the business mechanics of your team.