Booster clubs can be fun, and they’re a great way to support your students and make new friends. However, like any organization, sometimes the daily operations or coordination of events can be frustrating. Today, we’re looking at common booster club frustrations and how to solve them.
Unless you’re hosting concession stands at each event, holding more than a few fundraisers throughout the year can be frustrating for both parents and booster club officers. It’s a common mistake to think that more fundraisers equals more money, but often, members may be tapped out after a few fundraisers. Plus, the ongoing workload of many different fundraisers can exhaust even the most enthusiastic committee chair.
Not Understanding the Club’s Job
Sometimes booster clubs may overstep boundaries with coaches or their role regarding school-sponsored activities. Meeting with the school administrators and the team’s coach or sponsor can help ensure that the club provides support all around. Clear and precise communication ensures good working relationships. Many booster club problems arise from a lack of boundaries and communication.
Conflict Between Booster Club Members
Conflicts can arise when committee chairs or executive board members don’t completely understand their roles and responsibilities. Confusing policies or lack of best practices may put members at odds with one another, leading to fighting over responsibilities and duties. Putting clear operating policies in place can reduce frustrations. Strong leadership with defined roles can help mitigate conflict among members.
Senior Parents Running the Club
Many senior parents may feel like they’ve gained, well, seniority after four years of participating in the booster club. While they may have the experience and may know more of the kids and parents, having senior parents hold all officer positions and committee chair roles may leave the club without experienced leadership once the new year rolls around.
Incorporate some younger students’ parents into some leadership roles, such as a vice president or committee co-chair, so that the following year’s booster club has some experienced leadership.
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Our Club Has Been Using Charms and Has Student Accounts — Why Is This a Bad Idea?
There’s a lot to like about Charms Office Assistant. This program has been a music program stalwart and can help schools and boosters communicate with students, manage assessment data, and collect payments.
We get the appeal of using Charms to support your band’s billing activities — the system is already in place, and you can collect payments from students and parents all in one platform. However, Charms wasn’t really designed for booster clubs. It was really designed to be used by the school or music director.
Most booster clubs are non-profits. The activities and best practices are different. For instance, non-profits can not fundraise for the benefit of one person. They must fundraise for the group as a whole. Also, fees can not be mandatory in a non-profit. You can certainly say “100% participation is highly encouraged,” but you can not require anyone to pay to participate.
By replacing Charms with a purpose-built booster solution, your club can:
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Round Rock Volleyball Is Ahead of the Game by Using BoosterHub MVP
After each sports season, the coaching staff gets together to review what went well and what they can do better next year. Often, coaches will turn to league winners for inspiration. During this process, they analyze film, look at stats, and explore ways to incorporate these insights into their own coaching strategies.
Your athletic booster club can apply these same principles to get better at fundraising during the off-season. On that note, let’s turn our attention to the Round Rock Volleyball booster club and how they’re delivering for student athletes with BoosterHub.
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Is SMS a Good Way to Communicate with Donors and Booster Club Members?
Finding effective ways to communicate with donors and members is a problem as old as your school’s rivalry with the neighboring high school football team. And just like that generation-spanning rivalry, you never seem to be able to maintain the upper hand for long.
During your time as an athletic booster club member, you’ve probably tried a variety of communication techniques, from phone calls to flyers and even email. If that’s the case, you know that none of these strategies are especially effective for relaying information to your membership.
While you’ve probably considered using SMS messaging to talk to donors and booster club members, you may be hesitant to make yet another change to your communication strategy. But trust us — SMS messaging is the way to go. With the right SMS messaging tools in place, you can effortlessly share information, keep parents in the loop about upcoming events, and make 2023 your most productive fundraising year ever.