National Team Manager Day takes place every year on November 6 and celebrates the unsung heroes and the glue that holds every team together: team managers. Regardless of their sport, league, or size, team managers are often overlooked and undervalued, but today we recognize the countless hours they spend making sure their team’s whole season runs smoothly and successfully, and all the work they put in acting as the liaison between coaches, parents, and players.
History of National Team Manager Day
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- November 6, 2019
National Team Manager Day is Founded
FlipGive and National Today teamed up to create National Team Manager Day, held annually November 6, to recognize the major role team managers play in helping ensure their teams’ seasons run smoothly and successfully.
FlipGive is Launched
FlipGive, a team funding platform that has taken the fundraising and social giving worlds by storm, launched as Canada's first B Corporation-- a certification that requires companies meet the highest standards of verified social and environmental performance, public transparency, and legal accountability in their pursuit of maximizing profit and purpose. The platform now enables its members to shop for groceries, gas, and clothing from a number of major retailers.
High School Football Season Starts
As school begins and fall is around the corner, high school football season starts to pick up speed as they prep for the opening kickoff. That's a busy time for team managers, who are often still locking down practice times, fundraising, transportation to away games, and much more.
Little League World Series
The Little League World series is held every August in South Williamsport, Pennsylvania. Team managers are an integral part to every successful little league team, let alone making sure they have a strong showing at the World Series. With so many teams coming from all corners of the globe, fundraising is a key element to making it there.
AAU sponsors first ever track and field championships for women
Up until then, women were not allowed to compete in athletic events sanctioned by the AAU. The inclusion of women into the sporting lexicon has created more opportunities for team managers throughout history to make sure that all youth athletes have the resources they need to succeed.
The creation of the AAU
The Amateur Athletic Union was created in 1888 by James E. Sullivan, establishing itself as one of the most influential amateur sports leagues in the United States. Many future Olympians and professional athletes got their start being introduced to their sport of choice by none other than dedicated team managers for AAU club teams in a variety of sports.
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National Team Manager Day Activities
Thank a team manager!
National team manager day is a great time to stop and thank a team's manager for all the help and hard work they dedicate to the club and making sure the season runs smoothly - whether it's a year-long sport or just an off-season club.
Volunteer to pitch in!
Team managers take on so much. They might appreciate having a helping hand. Maybe you could organize the next team social or figure out where the team should grab a bite after the next tournament game.
Join a team!
If you're not already on a team, join one! Team managers need to fill rosters so the team always has enough personnel to not have to worry about forfeitures. By joining a team, you not only put yourself in a position to get in great shape and grow as a person, but also help out team managers by filling in empty spots.
Why We Love National Team Manager Day
They're the unsung heroes
Team managers are typically the unsung heroes. They do the dirty work to keep a team going without any of the credit that the coaches get, or (obviously) the glory the athletes earn. Yet, they're just as much a part of the team's fabric and success, making sure that if an athlete needs uniforms, water, equipment, or a place to practice they have it.
They hold the team together
That being said, team managers are the glue that holds the team together. They're that special someone taking care of the small details that propel a team from more than just a coach and an athlete to a full operation with a schedule, itinerary, and a complete roster. They're the glue that binds coaches, parents, and athletes as one unit.
They go above and beyond
Because team managers typically spend most of their time in the background making sure everything goes smoothly, they often go above and beyond the line of duty to make sure the team, its players and personnel, all get what they need and when they need it, often without enough recognition - except for today.