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Team Captain Selection

Each year four team captains will be appointed in the manner as follows:

  1. The coaches will choose two captains.
  2. Team members who are at least 11 years of age will elect two captains.
  3. Individuals who wish to be a team captain must inform and receive permission from the head coach to be considered for the position.
  4. Candidates will be allowed to make a short speech to the team prior to voting; however, no campaigning will be allowed at any time.

Captains Minimum Qualifications

  1. At least 15 years of age by June 1st (age up date for the league).
  2. At least 1 year on the Lopatcong Swim team.
  3. Be willing to abide by all Captains’ responsibilities.
  4. Demonstrated maturity.

Captains Responsibilities

  1. Relay team concerns to the coaches.
  2. Assist in maintaining team morale, such as leading cheers.
  3. Lead team stretching.
  4. Implement the coaches’ directives.
  5. Maintain positive working relationships with parent volunteers and assist in marshaling when necessary.
  6. Assign meet and practice set-up/tear down activities to team members in a fair and consistent manner (lane lines, backstroke flags, scoring table, timing devices, deck & pool debris clean up, chairs, tables). Although the parents mostly do this in meets, you will still need to attend to some of them in practice, and to assist during meets.
  7. Always set a good example in your actions on and off the deck, in and out of the pool.
  8. Provide support to our younger swimmers, inspire our older swimmers.

What does it mean to be a captain on the team? See below.


Congratulations on being chosen a Captain for the Lopatcong Swim Team! Start by reviewing your listed responsibilities. :)

This is probably one of the first opportunities you will have at leadership, and it is an excellent opportunity to develop leadership and managerial skills. Unlike other leadership positions open to students in school, being a captain on the Lopatcong Swim Team has real responsibilities; it is not just a title. In addition to working with coaches and parents, you represent more than 120 individual swimmers who will all look to you for guidance. As a result, there will be times when you will have to deal with conflicting demands from coaches, parents, and swimmers. How you resolve these conflicts will not only indicate your potential, but will be an opportunity to learn situational leadership. For example, I may task you with assigning four swimmers to put in lane lines; however, on your way to find the people you will assign, a near tearful six year old needs help with his goggles, a parent volunteer asks for your help in marshaling, and one of the officials wants to know where the coaches are. All the while, you still need to get the lane lines in, lead the team in stretching, warm-up yourself in the pool, and lead the team cheers. Just when you think you’ve got it all under control, I call from across the deck and ask, “Why are the lane lanes too loose? Oh, by the way, get ready for your race, because you’re now leading off the relay team. We changed the line-up.” In the above scenario, you had to deal with different situations involving different people with different concerns. This is called situational leadership, and it requires an ability to effectively prioritize and be flexible in your approach.

Therefore, it is very important that you communicate with the other team captains and work closely with them. As the captains you all must represent the highest qualities of our team, such as, sportsmanship, positive attitude, strong work ethic, responsibility, competitiveness, and a highly developed sense of team play. ALL of you must put your personal feelings aside and do what is best for the team, ALWAYS. Swim teams tend to operate like large families, and it is your responsibility to look after our younger swimmers, and to make sure every swimmer (no matter the age or experience) feels like they are part of the team. You set the tone for our team. When the captains offer encouragement, team spirit, and a willingness to work hard, the team will follow suit, and we will all have a successful year.

Finally, you should always feel comfortable to approach the coaches on any subject and advocate for swimmers’ ideas or concerns. We are here to offer guidance and advice. We created this position not only for you to learn leadership skills, but for the team to have a voice for their concerns, and you are that voice.

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