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    Post by AudienceOfOne on Fri Sep 12, 2008 6:09 pm

    I'll be one next year (scary). our guys team has a good senior captain this year(even though i'm faster). but the girls team has a captain that can't break 22:30 and seems to think that being a good captain means counting louder in the stretches than everyone else, and we have a 19:15 frosh girl on our team. i'm boutz to ask my coach to make her girl's captain.

    but whatever.

    What makes a good XC captain?


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    Post by runlikethawind on Fri Sep 12, 2008 6:13 pm

    definitley dedication
    u shouldn't make someone a captain just cuz their a senior, especially if they haven't ran for four years, and think practice is a joke. if sum 1 ran all summer, and is actually willing to lead the team, that'd be some good qualities for a captian.
    the captains on my team are slow, don't care, but their seniors so they're automatically captains, so whatev
    wow that was long
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    Post by AudienceOfOne on Fri Sep 12, 2008 6:16 pm

    runlikethawind wrote:definitley dedication
    u shouldn't make someone a captain just cuz their a senior, especially if they haven't ran for four years, and think practice is a joke. if sum 1 ran all summer, and is actually willing to lead the team, that'd be some good qualities for a captian.
    the captains on my team are slow, don't care, but their seniors so they're automatically captains, so whatev
    wow that was long
    yea captains IMO shouldn't neccessarily be the fastest, but they should work their butt off and be top 3, be mature when they need to be, and they need to have the respect of their team.


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    Post by Running With Scissors on Fri Sep 12, 2008 7:03 pm

    Captains should
    1. Train over the summer unless injuried.
    2. Care about how they run.
    3. Try to help the newbies
    4. Be the last person to leave practice.
    5. Be one of the fastest.

    I'm not the captain but I still do all of the above. I even go to all the junior high meets I can make it to just to help out.
    I am almost positive I'll be captain in 3 sports next year.


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    Post by hxc on Fri Sep 12, 2008 7:04 pm

    I was only captain in middle school, and that was just because I was the fastest.

    A good captain would probably be dedicated, and chill. All the super-straight edge kids on our team who did intervals everyday all summer pretty much cried when they found out that they got worse and that they aren't captains.

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    Post by atcg on Fri Sep 12, 2008 7:17 pm

    Be to all practices

    Lead by example (and no, that does not mean be the fastest, that means work how you want others to work)

    Concern yourself with the performances of each and every teammate, not just your PRs

    Motivate those around you

    Be assertive and decisive.
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    Post by Kugar on Fri Sep 12, 2008 7:23 pm

    We have two captains this year--only one is in the top seven.

    Both are seniors.

    I can't say that I disagree with coach's decision, but I do know that there are other girls who would be better leaders. The two girls in question (captains) aren't particularly dedicated to the sport, but they are usually not distracting or destructive of the time we have together.

    -shrug- I don't really care who's captain, as long as I get to run my race.
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    Post by AudienceOfOne on Fri Sep 12, 2008 7:25 pm

    Kugar wrote:We have two captains this year--only one is in the top seven.

    Both are seniors.

    I can't say that I disagree with coach's decision, but I do know that there are other girls who would be better leaders. The two girls in question (captains) aren't particularly dedicated to the sport, but they are usually not distracting or destructive of the time we have together.

    -shrug- I don't really care who's captain, as long as I get to run my race.
    ya, i wouldn't really agree with that.


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    Post by Kugar on Fri Sep 12, 2008 7:33 pm

    AudienceOfOne wrote:
    Kugar wrote:We have two captains this year--only one is in the top seven.

    Both are seniors.

    I can't say that I disagree with coach's decision, but I do know that there are other girls who would be better leaders. The two girls in question (captains) aren't particularly dedicated to the sport, but they are usually not distracting or destructive of the time we have together.

    -shrug- I don't really care who's captain, as long as I get to run my race.
    ya, i wouldn't really agree with that.

    Nah, but their job is pretty much just organizing things so we deal with it.

    I would have thrown in my hat for our second-fastest girl. The fastest is mostly just naturally that way, and easily sidetracked. But the other girl (and four and five too, actually) put a lot more heart into it.

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    Post by ButterySmoothStride on Fri Sep 12, 2008 7:49 pm

    we do a vote. to be eligible for captain you must be A) a current junior and B) getting a letter. To get a letter you need to finish top 7 in 3 races and go to practice consistently. personally I think sophs should be eligible as well.

    edit: we vote at the end of the season for the next season's captain


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    Post by alex-likes-running on Fri Sep 12, 2008 8:13 pm

    imo, a good captain...
    -gets along with everybody on the team, or at least tries to
    -is one of the faster runners on the team
    -is encouraging
    -isnt a douchebag

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    Post by Pinthin on Fri Sep 12, 2008 9:08 pm

    I'm a captain and not our number one girl...the freshman girl who's faster then me has a extra year of xc under her belt, but she's kinda immature. & We vote on who we think should be captain.

    I agree with Alex^^
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    Post by Running With Scissors on Fri Sep 12, 2008 10:16 pm

    alex-likes-running wrote:imo, a good captain...
    -gets along with everybody on the team, or at least tries to
    -is one of the faster runners on the team
    -is encouraging
    -isnt a douchebag

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    Post by CT Track on Fri Sep 12, 2008 11:57 pm

    There are leaders and there are key contributors. The star players have to be good, leaders do not. Whoever steps up and everyone believes in makes a good captain. Sometimes how good you are determines how much respect the others give you, but it defenitely isn't the key factor. My senior year I was the fastest on the team, however it was only my second year and I was just there to make the team and my teammates better, but I was in no position to take over a leadership role that the one captain did. Our captain was a senior also and one of the slower guys, but everyone respected him and he led well so everyone looked up to him. I led by example and kept teammates focused. Just because you have the title of "Captain" doesn't make you a leader. Jeez didn't anyone ever watch Mighty Ducks?
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    Post by eternally_running on Sat Sep 13, 2008 3:16 am

    we dont really have a captian...small team Rolling Eyes
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    Post by alex-likes-running on Sat Sep 13, 2008 8:19 am

    CT Track wrote:Jeez didn't anyone ever watch Mighty Ducks?
    i used to always watch those movies haha.

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    Post by Hurdle-Gurl on Sat Sep 13, 2008 9:07 am

    Running With Scissors wrote:Captains should
    1. Train over the summer unless injuried.
    2. Care about how they run.
    3. Try to help the newbies
    4. Be the last person to leave practice.
    5. Be one of the fastest.


    I agree with all but #5. If they're someone that everyone can look towards then does it really matter how fast they are? It truly shouldn't. The fastest girls on the team could be the most stuck-up and just use their title as a tool. On our team it's whoever does the top 4 things on that list gets to be a captain.
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    Post by runner_dude on Sat Sep 13, 2008 12:22 pm

    I don't know if our team has official "captains" or not, but there are two distinct leaders on the team. Blair, even though he's not the fastest (he's had a number of injury problems) is always joking around, but as a 5th year student (only in his second year of eligibility) he knows the ropes and has experience. Rustie, the other is the fastest, and is quieter, but leads more by example.
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    Post by FinishingKick on Sat Sep 13, 2008 7:23 pm

    They have to be one of the fastest on the team. In miler's case if there's no one else sub-20 then the 19:15 girl should be captain unless she doesn't really know anything. Your captain has to be someone you can rely on and lead you in a race too.

    Other than that they need to be knowledgeable, motivational, and chill.
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    Post by BA_Sadie. on Sat Sep 13, 2008 7:27 pm

    we usually vote on captains and they have to be seniors at our school ehh its not that big of a deal here though.
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    Post by Running With Scissors on Sat Sep 13, 2008 8:55 pm

    Hurdle-Gurl wrote:
    Running With Scissors wrote:Captains should
    1. Train over the summer unless injuried.
    2. Care about how they run.
    3. Try to help the newbies
    4. Be the last person to leave practice.
    5. Be one of the fastest.


    I agree with all but #5. If they're someone that everyone can look towards then does it really matter how fast they are? It truly shouldn't. The fastest girls on the team could be the most stuck-up and just use their title as a tool. On our team it's whoever does the top 4 things on that list gets to be a captain.

    True maybe I should have put it this way:
    5. Be one best workers/ Put a lot of effort into each practice.


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