Monday, October 08, 2007

Commissioner Duties

Once I passed the craziness of the registration/scheduling phase of the fall season, I quickly fell into a fairly easy routine with respect to my duties serving on the Board of Directors for our soccer association. While I still have to deal with irate parents (got a lovely e-mail this last weekend from a mom that was a little irrational) and sometimes frustrated coaches, the main role I fulfill now is to monitor at the fields and enforce rules of proper citizenship.

For the most part this is a pretty easy task. I've only had to talk with 2 coaches with respect to proper etiquette on the field. And the coaches in these instances were not at fault but their parents were giving our refs grief.

When I first signed on for the board, my wife was a little concerned. During registration and scheduling, she was near frantic and was looking for an out. I think now, on Saturday's as I monitor, she's less stressed and maybe even relieved as I take as many of the kids with me (they like to ride on the golf cart).

So for anyone that is thinking about volunteering, I would say it's worth it. I feel empowered to make a difference in the association for which my children play. I also get first dibs on schedules and advanced notice on camps and info that is beneficial to my children and teams. While it is a lot of work (at least 2 additional hours at the fields per week), it's worth it.
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