I’m a 10-year coach of a community-based team that meets year-round and my co-coach and I are struggling to figure out what we can be doing to keep continuity and support for the team during this time.
Our team was 2 days before our second District competition when things closed. At least we had one competition, unlike many other teams. But it was a young team and they’re struggling a bit to move on.
We’ve been meeting once a week on Zoom just to touch base (4 weeks now). I send out a survey to find out how people are doing and if they’re ready to pick things up again. During the meeting, we do any announcements, a status check, go over the survey results and do a breakout room team builder. About 60% of the team is showing up - and probably 40% of the mentors. About half of the team is active on Discord during the week - playing Minecraft, etc.
As a coach, I think it’s critical that we keep the Thursday night meeting - it’s the stability that people need right now, even if the energy needed to show up is too much. They know they can if they have the energy to do it. I am concerned with keeping the team engaged and somewhat cohesive - critical if we end up doing normal camp/outreach activities during the summer and continuing on through the fall.
However, we need to move off the talking meetings to some doing meetings. I figure we could spend $100/student to do some activity together since we won’t be doing a State Competition. People don’t really want to commit to doing a lot of work - they’re coping with online school, online work, uncertain closures.
Any suggestions? What are your teams doing?
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