How Can Team Parents Help?

1. Understand the Rules of Interference.

DI Challenges are all about allowing kids to create on their own without help from any adults or non-team members.

 

2. Stay in contact.

If your Team Member is sick, can’t make a meeting, or is struggling on the team please talk with the Team Manager. Communication is an important key to keeping everyone happy. Be sure to ask your Team Manager for the preferred method of communication.

 

3. Honor your Team Manager’s time.

The Team Manager is not a babysitter. Please honor their time by dropping off and picking up your Team Member at the arranged time. If something comes up please let them know as quickly as possible.

 

4. Host the team at your house.

DI teams need a space to have their team meetings and work on their solution.

 

5. Provide snacks.

Between idea generation and building a solution, kids often get hungry at team meetings. Provide them with healthy snacks or purchase them for the Team Manager so that he or she can provide them at upcoming team meetings.

 

6. Share your skills!

Learning new skills is a big part of the DI process and can help teams in solving a Challenge. From acting to engineering to learning how to use a power drill, parents are encouraged to share their skills and talents with their team. You can also help coordinate field trips, shopping trips or outside skills workshop.

 

7. Become a Tournament Appraiser or other volunteer.

DI is a volunteer-run organization. Without our amazing volunteers, we wouldn’t be able to develop Challenges or host tournaments. Even giving back for one day helps!

 

8. Help out as a Co-Team Manager.

One of the biggest gifts you can give is to become a co-Team Manager. By having more than one Team Manager, you can split up some of the work and alleviate some of the pressure. For example, one of you can oversee the Team Challenge while the other oversees Instant Challenge.

 

9. Organize Instant Challenge items.

Ask your Team Manager for copies of several instant challenges and collect the items needed. Many challenges need simple things like mailing labels, straws, rubber bands etc. By collecting these things ahead of time your Team Manager will be ready to go when the teams arrives.

 

10. Round Up Instant Challenge Materials.

Instant Challenge is very material intensive, many of the items can be found around the house. Gift your Team Manager any of the following items: Paper Clips, Rubber Bands, Straws (paper or plastic but not bendy straws) White and Colored Paper, Mailing Labels, Pencils, String, Index Cards, Post-It Notes, Large Washers, Chenille Sticks (pipe cleaners) Markers, Balloons, Paper Plates, Clothes Pins, Ping Pong Balls, Golf Balls, Envelopes, Aluminum Foil, Craft Sticks (popsicle sticks) Twist Ties, Ruler and Scissors

Areas Where Parents Can Be Especially Helpful!

DI teams go through a LOT of instant challenge materials during a season. Team managers LOVE gifts of things like these:  Paper Clips, Rubber Bands, Straws (paper or plastic but not bendy straws) White and Colored Paper, Mailing Labels, Pencils, String, Index Cards, Post-It Notes, Large Washers, Chenille Sticks (pipe cleaners) Markers, Balloons, Paper Plates, Clothes Pins, Ping Pong Balls, Golf Balls, Envelopes, Aluminum Foil, Craft Sticks (popsicle sticks) Twist Ties, Ruler and Scissors. Make your team manager happy – share a bag of “stuff” with them!

If you have a particular skillset that would useful to team members, you can teach them. Things like sewing, welding, comic strip creation, painting, etc. are great workshop ideas.  HOWEVER, no one outside of team members (including parents) can give any ideas to a team about “when or where” to use a particular skill as part of their solution. That’s called interference.