Have you ever wanted to be more then just a spectator at your child’s youth sports game? If so, volunteering as a team parent could be the perfect role for you. For many sports moms it's a great way to get to know other parents while lending a helping hand to coaches and players.
That is exactly what our Team Mom of the Week, 45-year-old Tara Bilbao from Long Beach, California, wanted to achieve when she stepped up to the plate last season for the Colorado Buffalos, the youth football team her husband Marc coaches and 9-year-old son Jake plays on. She enjoyed the position so much, that she decided to volunteer as team mom for her 13-year-old daughter Megan’s softball team the Los Alamitos Voltage this spring.
As she takes on another season full of practices, snack duty and car pools, this stay-at-home mom and part-time papercrafter continues to reap the rewards. “I am the parent in the stands that everyone knows, and feels comfortable starting a conversation with,” wrote Bilbao. Indeed, her personable attitude and sincere love of the job has gone a long way.
She also understands that communication and organization are important if you want to be respected as team mom, which is why she has found Weplay to be the perfect online home for her teams. Posting team polls, documents and sending out event reminders are some of her favorite features.
Tara, congratulations on being named our Team Mom of the Week, It's well deserved! Kudos to you and the girls for getting a shut out your second game of the season.
Tara Bilbao’s Three Recommendations for fellow Team Moms:
Start a Weplay page right away!
Keep sunblock, a camera and a first aid kit with you at all times.
Store all your team parent info in a binder and throw it in the car, it usually comes in handy.
Nominate your team mom, and they could be honored as our next TMOW.