By: John DiColo, CMAA - Northwest Jersey Athletic Conference
All too often I have attended a sports banquet conducted by one of my coaches and I sat there wondering "Why did that just happen?" Usually, it was because the coach did not take the time to prepare for the banquet as he/she would prepare for a big game. Coaches need to understand that public relations are a large part of their job responsibilities and when speaking in front of parents they can make a lasting impression - the objective of this article is to help ensure the lasting impression is a good one!
Below are some helpful hints to consider when conducting a banquet to avoid costly mistakes or embarrassing circumstances:
Consider the inclusion of:
2. Seating Arrangements
Seating arrangements can take a variety of acceptable forms. However, adequate reserved seating should be set aside for Board of Education members, Administrators, special guests, coaches’ spouses and escorts, etc.
Whenever a program is used, every effort should be made to insure accuracy. Be sure to include all players on your roster as well as managers, stats, etc., and be certain that names are spelled correctly. Exclusion from a team list or the misspelling of a name can cause undue embarrassment for one of your athletes as well as yourself.
4. Itinerary of Banquet
It is recommended that the following be included in your banquet proceeding:
Be sure to extend special thanks to banquet organizers and others that contributed to the success of the affair including the facility personnel and servers. Thank everyone for attending.