Students who lack particular athletic talent but would like to be part of athletic teams usually opt for a team manager position. The rapid increase in popularity of being a manager for a team lead to the question: what exactly do managers do?
Being a manager for teams is getting so popular and common that some teams have as many as 7 managers. The boys’ varsity volleyball team is a perfect example. Consisting of around 20 players, the volleyball team currently has 6 managers. Some members of the team felt that there are “too many managers for such a small team.” Others were unsure of the whole situation as they were too immersed in practice.
“I’m not sure why we need 6 managers but I guess each person has less of a workload,” says Christopher Lee ’13.
Jeffrey Lee ’13 is an experienced volleyball player on the team, having played for all 4 years of high school. He feels that volleyball is an underrated sport that people look down upon and because of that it leads people to think that managers don’t do anything.
“Our managers actually need to take care of a lot of things. While we practice, they have tons of sheets to fill out,” Lee defends.
“Managing the volleyball team is actually quite difficult!” says Kathy Wong ’13.
It was Wong’s first year managing the team so it was hard for her to get used to the responsibilities.
“I was actually blown away by the amount of paperwork you have to do! Along with updating the scores, you have to jot down every type of hit and miss each player performs.”
Noreen Begley, the coach of the boys’ volleyball team said, “These girls are great. They rotate so that they don’t have to come to practice every day. The workload is bearable but it’s definitely not all fun and games here.”
Michelle Fong ’14, a boys’ volleyball manager and also a member of the girls’ bowling team, claims that what managers do really depends on the sport. Fong was on the bowling team during the fall and the managers didn’t have to do as much as a volleyball manager would have to do.
“From what I recall, the bowling managers just came, took down the scores, collected money and inputted basic info on the computers, whereas in volleyball it’s more complicated,” says Fong.
Nonetheless, team managers definitely are there for a reason. Managers are there to assist the coach in any way possible. If paperwork needs to be done, managers do it. If players need help, managers help.
“They’re a batch of awesome girls who’re always there to assist,” Begley said.
Managers are the behind-the-scenes crew for a sports team. They take care of all paper work required for PSAL and statistics for the coach’s reviewing. Managers are there to support the team physically and mentally.