Team Captain Selection
Each season the FMS team will have, up to but not limited to, 4 captains, chosen at the beginning of each season. Swimmers eligible to be a team captain must meet the following criteria:
- Be an 8th grade student
- Attend 75% of FMS practices (other program attendance will not be considered)
- Attend a majority of all the swim meets and social events
- Show strong work ethic, have a team player mentality, and a positive spirit
- Be willing to mentor and lead teammates at the pool and beyond
If you are interested in being captain you will have the opportunity to read a prepared statement, about 1-2 minutes in length, to the team and coaches at practice explaining why you should be selected as team captain, what qualities make you a good leader for this team, and how you plan to lead the team and your commitments if you are selected. Team members and coaches will collectively select team captains. Captains will be announced and awarded a gold team cap at the first meet of the season.
Earning your “Rank” at FMS
All swimmers will have the opportunity to earn the Admiral Award this swim season. Earning this award is similar to earning your “letter” in high school athletics. This award is given at the end of the season to a select number of swimmers who are an exemplary model of what It means to be an admiral: dedication to our team, time invested, role model, willing to do what is asked and expected, supportive to teammates on and off deck, and give maximum effort at all meets and practices.
Additional criteria taken into consideration for the Admiral Award:
- Swim in at least 3 swim meets throughout the season
- Attend 75% of practices at FMS or other program
- If practicing with a year-round team, attendance must be supported by your club coach
- Attend at least 2 FMS social events (ie. rock climbing, bowling, team dinners)
- Legally swim all 4 strokes (per coaches’ discretion)
- Consistently display to coaches and teammates a positive attitude, strong work ethic, and team spirit at practice and meets.
An important aspect of being on this team is learning and growing in ways that go beyond the pool, like showing good sportsmanship, overcoming challenges, developing strong friendships, and working towards team goals larger than yourself. It’s Corey’s goal to aspire to this in many ways throughout the season, one primary way we do this is to have “Social Events” outside the regular practice and meet schedule during the season. Examples are going rock climbing, bowling, to Blaze Pizza fundraiser, and team dinners at Jason’s Deli following each swim meet.