Floor Captain & Athlete Advisory Council
The role of a Floor Captain and member of the Athlete Advisory Council is to lead, support, inspire, and represent their teammates fairly and consistently at all times. They will act as role models for the Club and their team. Both roles will report to their team coaching staff as well as the Club Directors.
Desired Floor Captain and Athlete Advisory Council qualities
- Competent - Knowledgeable about the game, rules, and lineup.
- Committed - Shows commitment by being on time and prepared for every scheduled team event unless communicated ahead of time to coaches. Goes the extra mile.
- Disciplined & Faithful - Does what they need to do without being asked or reminded. Hardest worker on the team.
- Adaptable - Able to be flexible with changing circumstances with positivity on and off the court. Additionally, she helps support the team through these moments.
- Dependable - Consistent contribution, no matter how tired, overwhelmed or distracted, you must be able to deliver.
- Team Builder - Always looks for and initiates moments of connection between team members. Build others up as a habit.
- Decisive - Makes decisions that are in the best interest of the team.
- Enthusiastic - Source of energy for the team. Willingness to do more. Always striving for excellence.
Athlete Advisory Council
Role & Responsibilities
- Athlete Advisory Council members must communicate to teammates, coaches, Roots Staff, other coaches, parents, and referees. They must be able to communicate with respect and confidence in all of these situations.
- Promote unity among teammates and coaching staff - proactively engage coaching staff if any issues arise with teammates.
- Be intentional about creating an inclusive and relational team environment where all teammates feel comfortable, included, and valued.
- This includes attitude at practices and tournaments, appropriately handling conflict, partnering with different members of the team at practices, communication on and off the court, and being encouraging to all teammates.
- Manage athlete communication channels (GroupMe, WhatsApp, group text) and notify coaching staff of any inappropriate, disrespectful, and/or disunifying messages.
- Attend all practices and tournaments. If a circumstance arises where an Athlete Advisory Council member will miss practice, communicate first with the coaching staff about the absence and then (if approved by the coaching staff) notify teammates of the upcoming absence.
- Designate uniform and practice apparel schedules and communicate with teammates to ensure everyone has the same uniform and practice apparel.
- Facilitate team warmup at practices and tournaments.
- Use downtime at tournaments for team-building activities.
- Encourage teammates to attend all practices and additional training sessions. Inform the team of any changes to the schedule.
- First Sunday every month - Leadership meeting with all coaches and club staff 30 minutes prior to practice on Sundays. The meeting will be rescheduled if all teams have a Sunday tournament.
- Last Sunday of the month - Leadership meeting with team coaching staff 30 minutes prior to practice on Sundays. The meeting will be rescheduled if all teams have a Sunday tournament.
- Five Minute Post Practice Huddle with coaching staff after practice
- Athletes who want to be considered as a member of the Athlete Advisory Council will tell the team and coaching staff at a pre-selection meeting.
- Athletes will present a short, planned, and prepared speech communicating their leadership style, the value they will bring to the team as captain, and why they will make a good member of the Athlete Advisory Council at the selection meeting.
- Team and coaches will vote on Athlete Advisory Council members and they will be announced at the next practice.
- If coaches and/or Roots Directors feel that a Floor Captain or Athlete Advisory Council member is not fulfilling their role and responsibilities, coaches will initiate a meeting to discuss needed areas of improvement and establish a performance improvement plan.
- If a member of the Athlete Advisory Council violates Roots Volleyball Club Conduct Policies at any time, they will be removed from their role as captain.
Roles & Responsibilities
- Knowledgeable about the game and the rules - The Floor Captain must understand the rules of the game. During a volleyball game, only the Captain can talk to the referee. The Coaches can only communicate with the referee through the Floor Captain.
- Confident Communicators - Floor Captains must communicate to teammates, Team Coaches, Roots Staff, other coaches, parents, and referees. Floor Captains must be able to communicate with respect and confidence in all of these situations.
- Meet with the referee prior to each match and communicate the results of the coin toss with the Head Coach.
- The Coaching Staff will select the Floor Captain for their team.
- Floor Captains can change from tournament to tournament and match to match.