The Truth about Mananging

Beena Jacob ‘14
EE Staff Writer

Rumor on the street has it that managing a sport is one of the easiest ways a person can get involved with athletics, without actually having to do any work. Nevertheless, in all actuality, this rumor is the furthest thing from the truth.

Back in March, I was offered the position to manage for the Trumbull Boys Tennis Team. I was told that the job would entail a minimal set of tasks. At the very most, I was picturing recording scores, occasionally making baking goods for the team and spending hours passively watching the guys as they played in the hot sun, while I sat drinking iced coffee.

While these tasks did serve as key components to the job, to my surprise, an abundance of other responsibilities came forth with the position. As manager, on top of the responsibility for me and my co-manager was to record the result of every single game and deliver the bookkeeping to the FCIAC chairman, Stamford Advocate and Trumbull Times. It was the duty of the manager to appreciate all eighteen members of the team on a daily basis as well.

The key to good managing is going beyond what is expected of you, and adopting an element of compassion. Rather than simply recording the scores, managing entailed getting to know every player and asking each one the daily question, “How was your day?” By carrying out this daily routine of asking how everybody’s day went, the team got to know each other and develop a relationship that goes beyond teammates, but instead, friends.

Essentially, beyond the physical work of managing, there is a moral responsibility that comes along with the task. It is the duty of a manager to encourage friendship, create an element of comfort and to serve as support system for the group as a whole.

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