I have heard some neglecting comments about the job what team managers has to do. This is why I want to post this article. On my point of view, being team manager should be a great honor. It's a fascinating to manage things and get the information to your team, when it's done with proud. I have been able to follow now four world champs how managing team is done perfectly! This is the style I would like to have in the team if I will get my own team one day.. Of course you take it easy with being team manager and skip all of the following things I say. For me, if you make yourself to be team manager then your should be ware that you need to be on the event every single day, for example, it's not a excuse to skip your job if your kid gets hurt. If you are not able to have someone to take care of your children while you are working, then don't sign in as a team manager.
- Get to know the event area. Check that everything works, and if not make up an other way to deal with the problem and ask the organizer to look at your idea.
- Before the event get as much info to your team as possible.
- When you get the number plates, make sure all the riders have same number on their number plate as they have on the list.
- Manage the team manager job with proud. Go to the meetings. Write down the main things. Invite your team to get together and tell everyone how things are gonna be run. This is also a good time for team to chill together.
- Make a group in facebook, or email group, where you invite all the members, share to new info in this group.
- On the raceday, be there first and last. Minimum BE THERE! Take some extras with you, couple tube, all the extra is bonus. Especially when the parents are not able to get to the riders area, there is always gonna be someone who don't have water, or snacks..
- Make a list for your team where is everyones motos, and gates. Also bring out a lists for the finals, so everyone knows what's happening.
- Take care of your riders. Make sure everyone are drinking and eating, streching.. Might sound like I'm telling you to be a mom, but race days are pretty stressful. Simply things might turn out to be challenge.
- Make sure your riders are on the call up place on the right time. Or delegate someone to do this. It's also good to have someone there in the line, in case of riders need something. For example if rider has a flat tire, s(he) needs someone to bring up the tools. If he goes back to the team area, it means pretty much that (s)he missed the race.
- If someone stops racing for any reason, make a note to the race organizer.
- If there is a need for complaining or some correction, you are the only one who can do it.