So far in this Day Book, we’ve discussed the team leadership positions held by the Scouts themselves. There’s a good reason for this, we need to let them lead. As a Varsity Coach it’s your job to see that they can and to let them do it.
Of course adults have important roles to play in the success of a team but those roles are designed to allow the youth to lead. Adult must let them learn and practice effective leadership skills, and to have the satisfaction of knowing that with the guidance, coaching, and support of adults, they did it themselves.
Assistant Varsity Coaches
These men are adult team leaders who assist the Coach in providing supportive, coaching guidance to Scouts in a team. They can step in if the Coach is absent from a meeting or team activity. They may be assigned primary responsibility for training and supporting youth holding certain team leadership positions—quartermaster, scribe, etc. The presence of one or more assistants at team meetings and Scouting events constitutes the two-deep leadership requirements, but also enrich these experiences for the entire team.
This group is a vital part of a team’s support. They are a kind of interactive advisory board often made up of parents of young men in the team and chartered organization members who are interested in youth programs. The committee is composed of a minimum of three members, one who serves as committee chair. There is no maximum number of committee members, but it is best to have five committee members to serve as mentors to you program managers when you can.
The Coach and the team committee should should have a strong working relationship. Difficult issues are sure to confront team leaders now and then and the Coach should be able to turn to his committee for assistance, support, and encouragement.
Coaches should never be let to go it alone. The team committee should there to shoulder some of the weight of team a success, freeing Coaches to invest their time and energy to be with the youth, to connect them to heaven and to let them lead by training them well.
How are you going to use your committee?
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Author: Darryl Alder | Strategic Initiatives Director, Utah National Parks Council, BSA. He was a Team Coach for three years during the pre-pilot phase of Varsity Scouting and then became a Varsity Scout trainer when the program launched.