Managers are the glue that holds everything together...and we do mean EVERYTHING! Managers are the only reason that players know when to show up, that coaches know who is on their team, and that parents know everything they need to do/bring/help with. This page is all about providing at least a starting point on a broad range of topics that will come up during the season.

It is important to know that you are not alone! Even though you may be the person everyone on your team goes to for answers, you may not have all the information and it is much better to ask for clarification or assistance. If you have questions, there are a number of places you can go for help. If you are a team manager, other team managers or your division ambassador will serve as your best support network. As well, our staff are always here to help resolve situations you are uncertain of.

Together, all of our managers and division ambassadors form the Thunderbirds Manager Support Network.

What Is The Thunderbirds Manager Support Network?

The Thunderbirds Manager Support Network (TMSN) is an online resource for team managers to have access to everything we have thought of that you may need to know. Over the season, if we have missed something, we are counting on our network of team and division ambassadors to help us fill in the gaps so that this section can become an up-to-date resource meant to help throughout the season.

While an online resource will be helpful in most situations, we also know that nothing can replace the ability to speak with someone who has been there in the past. The TMSN also serves as a mechanism to reach out to others to ask for help, ideas or just a tip or two.

A team manager can shape the experience for the players and parents and we want to make sure all who volunteer for this role are surrounded by support and know they always have others to call upon to help answer the questions that come up - no matter how crazy they may be!

The Essentials to be a Rock Star

So you put your hand up as the team manager, awesome! Now where do you start?

Your Linemates

A great season means a great leadership team - here is what you need to know about the other team staff roles

Getting Everyone on the Same Page

Your best friend will be having a solid plan in place for meetings and communicating with your team.

Tasks A to Z

What needs to be done and when throughout the season - including how the other parents can help.

Let them Play!

What is needed for all the games - ice times, administrative aspects, officials, rescheduling and tournaments.

It's all fun and games until...

Safety of all of our members - players, parents and team staff is of paramount importance.

Wrapping up the Season

When the last ice time is around the corner, there are a few things to be ready for before the final party is wrapped.