Student-athletes in the Altmar-Parish-Williamstown Central School District were recently honored at the district’s third and final captains’ brunch of the 2012-13 school year.
APW Athletic Director Bert Conklin coordinates the seasonal brunches to recognize varsity team captains for their achievements both on and off their respective playing fields and serve as a time for the captains to examine, develop and strengthen their leadership abilities.
Captains from the spring girls’ track, boys’ track, girls’ softball, golf and boys’ baseball teams were represented at the recent brunch.
Conklin and the group of student-athletes talked about the essence of leadership and collectively reviewed some of the different responsibilities and attributes that characterize a good team captain.
“The chemistry on the team will determine how good a team you will be,” Conklin said, and encouraged the captains to be diligent about working to develop the right chemistry on their team. “How do you want to be remembered as a captain?” he asked, “How will you help your team?”
To help develop the characteristics of good captains and leadership, Conklin showed them a video featuring Greg Dale, the Director of Leadership Programs at Duke University, who talked about leadership saying, it is not a popularity contest, or a right for those who have been on the team the longest. “It is a privilege to be called a captain or a leader,” he said, adding that captains have the ability to influence team culture and legacy through their strength of character and with leadership by example. He also talked about how true leadership and character are often seen most during disagreements and encouraged the captains to be a positive role model for their teammates, even in the face of adversity.
Following the video, Conklin presented the captains with a certificate of recognition and then spoke to the young men and women about 12 things that a captain needs to do each day including: 1) be the hardest worker at practice; 2) be a spark of energy and enthusiasm in practice; 3) model mental toughness; 4) connect with a teammate; 5) compliment a teammate; 6) challenge a teammate; 7) support a teammate; 8) constructively confront negativity, pessimism and laziness; 9) build and bond your team; 10) check in with your coach each day; 11) remind your team how today’s work leads to tomorrow’s dreams; and 12) represent yourself and your team with class and pride.
Conklin spoke to the students about expectations now and expectations when they leave school and go on to college saying, “I feel it’s my job to tell you what it is like at the next level,” emphasizing the importance of following rules and showing respect for coaches, teachers, parents, and fellow teammates.
For more information about the brunches or other aspects of athletics in the APW District, contact Bert Conklin at the APW Junior/Senior High School, (315) 625-5232.