Being a Battle of the Books team manager is a very important job. The team manager helps the team work together by dividing up reading responsibilities, helping the team practice, and making Battle of the Books a fun, positive experience. We encourage new team managers to view our informational DVD where an experienced panel of team managers explains how theyíve handled this rewarding job. This video is available near the Battle Books in the Youth Services department. There is no charge to check the video out, but overdue fees will apply.
We also encourage you to attend the Battle Briefing in January with your team. You will be able to see first-hand how Written and Oral Battles are conducted and have a chance to ask questions.
As the team manager, it is your responsibility to register your team at the Youth Services desk. Team Registration forms will be included in the Team Manager Packet handed out at the Battle Kick-Off or will be available at the Youth Services desk after Kick-Off. The completed form must be returned in person to the Youth Services Desk by the registration deadline in January. Some schools have additional forms to be filled out, so also check with your principal, media staff, or school Battle Coordinator about what is required at your school. A person can only act as team manager for one team; however, they can act as assistant manager for additional teams.
When choosing a team name, remember that school names cannot be a part of the team name and that your team name will be listed exactly as it appears on the form. Your team should also select an alternate name, since team names are given to the first team to submit the registration form to the Youth Services Desk, and your first choice may have already been taken.
It is a hard but true fact of Battle that only half of the registered teams will make it to the Second Written Battle, and only sixteen teams will have a chance to participate in Oral Battle Day. But an important part of Battle of the Books is having fun as a team, and there are many ways to accomplish this regardless of how far your team goes in the battles. Numerous suggestions for fun Battle-related activities are included in the Team Manager Video.
We also encourage you and your team to attend the Championship Battle and the reception afterward, which the library hosts to celebrate all of the teams.
The library staff deeply appreciates the hard work and commitment of the team managers who make Battle of the Books possible.
HELPFUL HINTS FOR TEAM MANAGERS
The following hints have been suggested by previous team managers. Please choose the ones you feel comfortable using.