After agreeing to coach to the Providence High School Girls Golf Team, I quickly realized how important it is to be organized. Between ordering golf uniforms, golf balls, scheduling matches and practices with the golf courses, getting approvals from the athletic office, communicating with the girls and their parents about practices and making sure all their paper work is turned in, recording the girls’ practice rounds scores, keeping attendance, etc., I learned there are many more behind the scene elements that go into coaching than I initially thought. I could see how something could easily slip through the cracks.
To address this issue, what did I do? I went to Target. I’m a firm believer Target solves all problems.
I purchased a binder and binder dividers to get myself organized. I started by categorizing all the papers I had and coming up with appropriate named tabs to file them under. This way all the papers are in a central location. Also, they are very easy to access in case I need something specific quickly. This binder is also helpful to my assistant coaches who may not have all the details that I have. If I am not at a practice or match for some reason, the assistant coaches have all the girls and their parents information, other contact information they may need, and many other details.
Golf Coaching Binder
My Organized Golf Coaching Binder
I know it probably seems like common sense you need to be organized as a coach, but I didn’t realize to what degree. Using this binder has made things much easier and helped me keep my piece of mind. I think I’m pretty close to mastering my organizational skills.