My football mom duties have suddenly changed, because we’re changing teams! It’s funny how invested you get in these things. We learned last week, that our coach is unable to participate this season, so we’re headed to another team. It’s going to feel strange, playing with a team that’s been our rivals for the last couple of years. It’s ok though, they asked for my son by name!!

It’s a bit sad though, because only one of the boys from our previous team is going with us. It’s mostly sad though because this new team is the Raiders. As a Kansas City Chief’s fan it feels wrong to root for the Raiders at any level. We’ll get through it though!

With this shift in team dynamic, there’s no longer a need for me to be an official team mom. Don’t worry, I’ll still share my tips and tricks for getting through the season with various meal planning, and other tools. Be sure to stay tuned for more updates!

Football Fundraising Ideas

As part of my Football Mom duties, I’ve been trying to come up with some ideas for fundraising for the year. For my older son we’ve done a couple of quite successful fundraisers in the last few years, so I’m hoping we can gain that same momentum with the younger guys. Below are a few of the fundraising ideas I’ve come up with so far, and a little about how each will work.

  • Football Wreaths – Here are a few I found on Pinterest that I really liked. Stay tuned in the coming week, I will be showing you how to make each of these!!

From top left – Deco Mesh with ribbon from Etsy / Top Middle – Rag Wreath from Etsy / Top Right – Tulle on foam form (Link no longer available) / Bottom Left – Tulle and Ribbon from Etsy / Bottom Right – Rag Wreath

With the wreath fundraiser we would target parents / grandparents / aunts / etc of our team asking them to purchase wreaths to support the team.

  • Paint and Wine night – Seriously LOVE the idea of a Paint and Wine night. With this event we have the opportunity to reach beyond our regular team supporters into the community.
    • I’ve been eyeing canvases at our local craft supply store this past week they had them buy one get one free!! They also have the awesome acrylic paints on sale from time to time.
    • I have a few personal friends who are able to lead the classes, so a small donation for their time, and we’re able to use the rest of the funds for the team.If you aren’t lucky enough to have someone you can leverage, you can also google different options, many come with step-by-step instructions for completing a designs.
    • It’s important to have snacks available.
    • Guests should bring their own bottles of wine. (Feel free to pick up some glasses at Dollar Tree, or you could of course use plastic ones.)
  • Sonic – Our local Sonic restaurants offer us the opportunity to pick up a stack of $5.00 cards for FREE and sell. They have items like $.99 Route 44 drinks, cheap value combos, and more. We did great with this during our kindergarten season, so we’ll definitely do this one again!
  • T-Shirts – T-Shirts are a pretty staple fundraiser. Here is another opportunity to tap our supporters with themed shirts. This year we’re looking at a couple of unique designs. I was walking through one of our local malls a couple of weeks ago and saw a guy airbrushing shirts, and it hit me, that we would have shirts airbrushed this year. It’s a little less standard, but I LOOOOVED the look. (We’ll probably also get a few hats made) Here’s what I’m envisioning

This is probably just the tip of the iceberg for us. There are lots of other options we can throw in there. What types of fundraisers will your team do this year?

Football Mom Duties – Getting Organized

I can’t believe I’m already talking about football this year. Our season doesn’t start for another couple of months, but believe it or not, we’re already under way in many other aspects. This year I’ve been appointed team mom for my youngest son’s team, so there is lots of work to do. I will be learning along the way, so I want to share what I learn with you!!

Sports Mom Duties Getting Organized

First in my plan is trying to figure out how to get organized. We’ll have copious amounts of information to keep track of once the season starts so it’s better to figure out that system early. Generally speaking I HATE paper, but for all of the information I have, I anticipate needing to have it available. Maybe at games, practices, and other special events.

First on my list is the player information worksheet. Here’s what I’ve captured on the sheet.

Seahawks Player Information Sheet

You can download a blank copy here. Customize with your team name, and you’re off and running! I will also be responsible for the T-Shirt, and Uniform orders. Just the thought of it makes my head spin really! Thankfully our vendor will provide us with a detailed order form, so I don’t have to mess with it. We will be adding on an additional option of Air Brushed hats and shirts for parents and players, so we will need a sign-up sheet for that. I haven’t created one yet, but I’m thinking something similar to what is noted above should help.

For our vendor shirt (sweatshirt, hat, blanket, etc) we will also put together a “look book” with each individual design, and separate sections for Men’s, Women’s, and Youth looks. This is done in PowerPoint, if you ask REALLY nicely your shirt vendor may provide this to you, along with the SKU’s and matching excel order form. This really helped last year so everyone knew exactly what they were ordering. It was especially helpful as I like my t-shirts fitted a specific way, so I knew which was which!

Speaking of shirt orders I learned a valuable lesson last year, have each family fill out their OWN order form, whether via email, or a physical copy that they return to you. This way you have something to reference when the shirts come in. If there is any mistakes, you will know where it was made. We had a mom who ordered a sweatshirt, but really wanted hoodies. We were able to go back and look at the forms she completed, and it was marked in the wrong column. Save yourself the headache from the beginning.

Seahawks Preview

One additional tip, and this one has been quite successful for our team for 2 years. Start a Facebook Group, Blog, email group, and any other communication channel you can think of. Our coach doesn’t use Facebook, so I knew having an alternative this season would be important. For that reason, I started a blog. Most of the posts will be duplicate (though likely MUCH shorter on Facebook.) This will also give me a place to share pictures taken at the game, communicate about our Season Kick Off BBQ, discuss fundraisers and more. I’ve already started encouraging parents to sign up for the blog, and will send out a link again after our picnic when I’ve gathered everyone’s email address.

I’ll be back soon with some additional information on how I plan to stay organized for this upcoming season, and look forward to learning some of your tips and tricks along the way!