Okay, so I’m no stranger to sports. Our oldest son Remy, 7, has played several seasons of baseball, soccer and flag football. Since the age of 4 we’ve been doing the team sports thing, but this year was our first season coaching (ExhaustDad) and better, yet my first time as TEAM MOM.
Team mom duties were harder than I expected, and honestly, I wasn’t the best at it. @exhaustdad truly took on the majority of all things TEAM and I’m forever thankful to have him as my partner, especially when it comes to being overwhelmed. I did learn a few good tricks, like using a Shutterfly.com where you can set-up an entire group page for the team, add all the parent emails (and contact information by player) and input the season schedule. Along with all of this, you can also share photos and even add a snack duty calendar. HELLO life saver….and it’s FREE.
Running WeeStructed during the basketball season was hard. we had our annual Black Friday sale which kept me hustling during a few of the boys very first practices. Then I did the Santa’s Secret Workshop event on their actual first game. Whoops. Needless to say, I wasn’t super active as a team mom for the first couple of weeks. Thankfully we had a team filled with amazing, understanding and supportive fellow working parents so they took extra pictures and helped this mama keep it all going. GO TEAM!!!
For our team season end party I tried to keep it simple, parent friendly and easy. Our local pizzeria gives each team two free pizzas and welcomes you to have a season end party so we choose to host it this Sunday night. Hello no cooking or dishes for the night. Just go home with happy, fed kids and then straight to bath time and bed time routines. #parentwin
For player gifts, I had these awesome customized water bottles made for each boy from a sweet vendor on Etsy.com My Monogram Heaven. She will make them in any color combo to match your team colors, so check out her page!
Each one was filled with themed color candy from Partycity.com. They have everything you could dream of to throw a team party, including these mini basketballs.
Using team buttons for bag tags was the perfect touch, especially when it came time to hand them out tonight and present their game trophies.
A tip I received from a fellow seasoned team mom was to keep dessert simple. Cupcakes are the easiest thing to pass out quickly (no cutting involved). Off to Sams Club I went for a sports themed platter. The price is amazing too…$14.98 to be exact, so its super budget friendly!
I had leftover black plates from last weeks Batman birthday party so that was a WIN too!
Team mom doesn’t get a jersey, but wearing the husband’s vintage Jack Ramsey camp t-shirt was pretty perfect for the occasion, if I do say so!
All and all, I enjoyed my first attempt at Team Mom duties. It was amazing to see my husband take these little babes and turn them into killer basketball players. To see our son light up having that extra dad one-on-one time was worth it all. After chatting with our parents, I realized keeping it simple really was the best way to go about it. No crazy pressures, just good communication and a simple party really was the winning ticket to this season!