Team Captainship

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  1. jazjar

    jazjar Member

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    Is not being a team captain a deal breaker? I will be on the track and field team this spring, and although I will probably letter, (it's also varsity because there is only a varsity team) I will probably not be a team captain. Is my leadership part of the WCS utterly ravaged because of this or can I make up by showing leadership in other areas (boy's state, CAP, Science Olympiad officer, Orchestra principal 2nd Violin, etc.) My grades and everything else are otherwise fine, but it's only this I'm unsure about.
     
  2. napjim

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    My DS was not a team captain -- and just get notified he will receive an appointment. I think if you have questions like this, reach out to your Regional Commander and discuss what's going on and be prepared to describe your leadership background. My understanding is that RC will be in the room when they discuss your file -- establishing a relationship with him will give him more incentive to help you out.
     
  3. Stevewar2

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    Deal Breakers

    Very few things, in isolation, are deal breakers (drugs/felonies/etc). If your well rounded, you should be ok. Stand out in a few areas and be average or better in all others with one or two chinks and you should be in the mix.
     
  4. jazjar

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    Thank you for the replies. The Regional coordinator is listed out in the portal, and I am able to contact him from there, correct?
     
  5. napjim

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    Definitely on the website. . . Gives his/her picture name and contact information. . .
     
  6. USCGA_2018

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    Many will likely disagree with me on this, but I think High School Sports Team Captain can be overrated. Simply being named captain does not necessarily mean that you have leadership skills and abilities. Many HS captains are the son or daughter of the coach. Others are the biggest, fastest, strongest, but not the best communicators, motivators, examples, leaders, etc...

    Personally, I would look for a broader range of leadership attributes across many areas. If you did JROTC, what rank did you achieve and what areas did you excel in? If you were in a club did you have a position of responsibility? Did you plan, organize, budget, recruit, raise money, and so on and so forth.

    I'm sure there are many outstanding athletes that are also team captains and no doubt great leaders on top of all that. Just don't want candidates thinking sports team captains is the only leadership that matters.

    Captains of academic bowls, debate teams, chess teams is a leadership accomplishment. Leadership without titles in things such as Junior Achievement, 4H, Scouting, volunteerism, etc...

    Leadership is an area where many young people underestimate their contributions and abilities. Talk to your track coach. Ask about what it takes to be a captain for your school team.

    In other words...

    "if you want to be a knight, act like a knight" - Mark Van Doren explaining Don Quixote to his college students (Quiz Show 1994)
     
  7. jazjar

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    I am in Civil Air Patrol, and although my official title is that of an element leader, I take an active interest in aersopace lessons and teach some of them and help plan all of them. I also drill my element itself, which is part of my job description as element leader.
     
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    A closer look is needed. You are not selected as a Leader, but for Leadership Potential. WP measures that potential through three aspects: sports, extracurricular activities, and teacher evaluations. Seeking out leadership positions doesn't make you a good leader, but shows that you have the potential as you were selected/appointed and have had to deal with those leadership responsibilities as part of your development. So that kid who's dad made them the team captain, but isn't involved in anything else and the other teachers don't like them because of their attitude...well you can guess how much a single dimensional individual loses out.
     

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