Altmar-Parish-Williamstown Athletic Director Bert Conklin hosted the second leadership training brunch of the school year for varsity winter athletic team captains. The brunch provides student-athletes an opportunity to collectively examine, develop and strengthen their leadership skills both on and off the playing field.
Team captains from cheerleading, girls’ and boys’ basketball, indoor track and volleyball were represented at the recent training and participated in a self-assessment exercise where they were asked to complete a leadership playbook and reflect upon their individual strengths and weaknesses as well as define their roles and responsibilities on their respective team.
The captains were introduced to the John Wooden Pyramid of Success and some of the leadership development techniques utilized by Duke University. The group watched a video, The Team Captain’s Guide to Great Leadership, which encourages captains to view their role as a privilege, understand the responsibilities associated with being a team captain, and be a leader that is a good communicator, that is trustworthy and credible and that has integrity and can handle adversity.
Conklin spoke about the importance of earning a coach’s respect as well as the respect of the team and encouraged the captains to think about how they are going to be remembered after the season’s over or after they have graduated and said, “Lead better then you were led.”
A brunch, prepared by the APW Food Service Department, was served to the captains and Conklin presented each student with a leadership certificate as acknowledgment of their participation in the brunch and their commitment to their team and their school as a team captain and a leader. In attendance for the brunch was APW Superintendent of Schools Gerry Hudson who wrapped up the training by reiterating the importance of leadership both on and off the playing field and spoke about how student leaders often find themselves in leadership roles well beyond high school. “It’s your destiny,” he said to the group of captains.
The third and final captains’ brunch of the school year will be held at the start of the Spring athletic season and will focus on a different component of leadership. For more information about the brunches or other aspects of athletics in the APW District, contact Bert Conklin at the APW High School.