Common Booster Club Frustrations

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.

Multiple Fundraisers

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.