Many teams put on a beginning-of-the-year banquet around this time of year. Family, friends, alumni, donors, and local baseball celebrities are invited to eat and raise funds for the upcoming season. Whether a banquet is flashy or simple, there are key elements to its overall success. Let the following serve as a grade sheet for your team’s banquet.
The flare of your guest speaker can have a big time effect on ticket sales.
A – Big name MLB personality
B – Local baseball legend
C – Former well-known coach
D – Coach on current coaching staff
F – Joe Buck
The success of any banquet rests on the lips of your emcee.
A – A classy, well-spoken individual, radio or TV personalities work great
B – A well-spoken coach with appropriate humor
D – That one guy’s dad
F – A corny, clichéd, long-winded elder with provocative humor
Suicide-squeeze: Try having a graduating senior-player in PR or communications emcee.
Food & Drink
It’s important to remember, most people just want to eat and drink.
A – Classy steak, chicken, and/or fish buffet, anything with au jus sauce, open bar for alumni
B – A filling multiple course meal
C – Pizza
D – A malnourished 2-course meal
F – Fish sticks
A few other things to consider:
• What are the players wearing? A – Matching dress cloths, F – Non-matching khakis and polos
• How long is the banquet? A – 2 hrs 15 min or less, F – 3 hrs or longer
• Venue? Hotel or restaurant banquet room – A, F – Campus gymnasium
Overall, being classy is what it’s all about. With this in mind, a team shouldn’t feel the need to spend a ton of money to put on a great banquet. Use your staff, players, parents, and talents to on the best banquet possible. It’ll all be worth it come opening day. Also, I’m not a fan of Joe Buck.