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Sport Club Management

Sport Club Management

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    Sport clubs are firmly established and play an important role in the development of athletes. However, few resources are available for those responsible for organizing, developing, and managing club sports. Sport Club Management provides

    administrators, managers, and coaches with the background and examples necessary for running a sport club by considering its unique demands. With this outstanding guide, leaders have the tools to develop and sustain organizations that are viable and financially successful and that satisfy the needs of athletes and those who support them.

    This resource breaks down the complex fundamentals of management for all club sports—whether a multi-age-level program with an extensive budget or a local club with limited resources. Those who manage and lead clubs will find that they can develop a successful business plan without sacrificing their player development program or their club mission. In addition, they’ll gain the latest information on creating a distinctive club culture, organize their procedures, and encourage profitability by running the organization using a business mentality.

    Unlike most books written for sport club managers, this resource recognizes the responsibilities of leaders and administrators by extending beyond the coaching level. In addition to player development, the content focuses on successful business tactics as they relate to sport clubs, including how to meet the management, marketing, retention, communication, and administrative needs of the organization. The book also provides advice on determining the organizational structure of the club, hiring effective leaders, understanding parental relationships, and facing legal and ethical issues. Every chapter in the book includes reader-friendly features that aid in comprehension:

    • Thought-provoking opening scenarios, revisited at the chapter’s end, draw readers in and invite them to consider how they would respond to similar situations.

    • Successful Strategies sidebars discuss real-world examples of issues a club manager might face and how those issues were resolved.

    • Numerous reproducible sample forms make it easy for readers to implement new strategies based on the administrative needs of their own clubs.

    Sport Club Management expertly shows readers how to run a club in today’s demanding, high-tech environment. With this guide, leaders will be able to communicate their club’s mission, establish its brand, and bring in the revenue required to ensure long-term success.


    A professional reference for club sport administrators, coaches, and club managers. A text for higher education courses in sport club management and sport management and administration.



    Chapter 1.The Club

    Richard Butler

    The Club Plan

    Scope of Club Services

    Single-Sport Club Versus Multisport Clubs


    Policies and Procedures

    The Club Entity

    Club Governance


    Chapter 2.Leading a Sport Club

    Organizational and Management Theory

    Functions of Management

    Levels of Management

    Leadership Styles


    Understanding the Environment


    Chapter 3.Human Resources Management and Development

    Human Resources Management

    Job Description

    Hiring Process

    New Employee Orientation

    Enriching the Employee Experience

    Individual and Program Performance Evaluation

    Job Satisfaction of Employees


    Chapter 4. Effective Coach–Parent Relationships

    Dena Deglau

    Embracing Collaboration

    Developing a Shared Understanding

    Being Transparent About One’s Coaching Philosophy

    Engaging in Appropriate and Ongoing Communication

    Collecting Data to Guide Decisions and Assess Progress

    Providing Social Opportunities Outside of the Coaching Context


    Chapter 5.Legal Aspects of Club Management

    Legal Principles




    Chapter 6.Business Aspects of Club Management

    Budgeting and Accounting



    Chapter 7.Sponsorship and Fund-Raising

    Sponsorship Versus Fund-Raising

    Creating the Corporate Partnership


    Capital Campaigns

    Grant Writing


    Chapter 8.Club Facilities

    Matt Robinson and Christopher A. Sgarzi

    Rent or Own

    Finance Partners

    Planning the Facility

    Facility Management


    Chapter 9.Long-Term Athlete Development

    Richard Way and Istvan Balvi

    A Cooperative Sport Environment

    Club Programming Based on Existing Models

    Long-Term Athlete Development Model


    Chapter 10.Ethical Issues in Club Management

    Why Discuss Ethics?

    Basic Ethical Concepts in Sport Club Management

    Ethical Theories

    Applied Ethics in Sport Clubs

    Codes of Ethics





    About the Author

    Matthew Robinson, EdD, is associate professor and director of the sport management program at the University of Delaware. He also is a member of the legal studies faculty, has a secondary appointment with the School of Education, and serves as director of the International Coaching Enrichment Certificate Program funded by the United States Olympic Committee and the International Olympic Committee’s Olympic Solidarity fund. Robinson also serves as director of management education for the National Soccer Coaches Association of America and developed the organization’s director of coaching course.

    Robinson earned his EdD in athletic administration from Temple University. He is the author of another successful sport management text,has written over 25 articles, and has delivered over 100 national and international scholarly and professional presentations. He is president of CPTM Sport Enterprise, a sport consulting firm.