Roots Leadership Council

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The role of a member of the Leadership Council is to lead, support, inspire, and represent their teammates fairly and consistently at all times. Athletes will echo the visions, values, and standards of behavior, and help build and protect the culture of the Club. This program will provide athletes both strategies to respond to leadership challenges and opportunities to demonstrate those leadership attributes.

Desired Leadership Council Qualities

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  • 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.

Roots Leadership Council

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Roles and Responsibilities

  • 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.
  • Have the ability to confront problems within their team and find solutions. 
  • Set a positive example for teammates in terms of attitude and effort.
  • Attend all practices and tournaments. If a circumstance arises where a Leadership Council member will miss practice, communicate first with 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. 
  • Work hard towards developing team coercion and community.
    • Use downtime at tournaments for team building activities.
  • Encourage teammates to attend all practices and additional training sessions. Inform team of any changes to the schedule.
  • Bi-monthly Leadership meeting with Club Directors. 
  • Five Minute Post Practice Huddle with coaching staff after practice.
  • The President is an additional position in charge of overseeing both the younger group of council members (14’s & Under) and older group (15s-18s).

Selection Process

  • Athletes who want to be considered as a member of the Leadership Council will submit their application HERE no later than Sunday, October 24th at midnight CST.
  • Club directors and coaches will review athlete applications. 
  • One athlete from each team will be selected for the Roots Leadership Council 
  • If coaches and directors feel that a team representative is not fulfilling their role and responsibilities, coaches and directors will initiate a meeting to discuss needed areas of improvement and establish a performance improvement plan.
  • If a member of the Leadership Council violates Roots Volleyball Club Conduct Policies at any time, they will be removed from their position.