Student-Athlete Leadership Training Program
The Student-Athlete Leadership Training program was designed to develop the leadership skills of our student-athletes and will be facilitated by Ravenscroft administrators and coaches. The student-athletes are nominated by their respective head coaches. The competencies of the Citizen Leader Framework: Leading Self, Leading with Others, and Changing Your World are the core of the leadership model. Discussion topics, breakout sessions, and guest speakers will discuss accountability, self-awareness, resiliency, communication, collaboration, and empathy with and for teammates and coaches, in hopes that the Student-Athlete can help their team on and off the playing field.
Quotes from Past Participants
|DJ Washington ’16 Football and Wrestling|
"As a captain of state championship football team, a state runner of wrestling team, and student body president, the SALT group was a great place for me to reflect on my leadership skills and how I can further advance my teams accomplishments. Throughout my two years in the SALT program, I started to really focus on myself and how I handled situations. If I was not playing to my full potential and giving it my all each and every day, my teammates would believe that is acceptable. I began to critique myself more than others because I know as the leader if I set the standard of work, everyone else would follow. It was always good to receive inputs from athletes on other teams and understand how they reached success. People rarely talk to other sports teams about how they got to where they are, so the SALT group really helped in that sense too."
|Daniel Strong ’16 Football, Swimming, Track
"I first came into contact with the Student Athlete Leadership Team my sophomore year when a senior at the time, invited me to a bring a teammate session. I couldn’t form an opinion after just one meeting, but luckily I was nominated by one of my coaches to attend the meetings my junior and senior year. Just as years before, as the season got underway independent of what sport I was playing, I faced constant troubles from my teams. Ranging from poor performances to simple lack of effort, I had exhausted all avenues of solutions to motivate my teammates. The SALT group comforted me that I was not alone in my troubles and other athletes dealt with the same thing. It also allowed me to brainstorm with other top competitors at our school on solutions to common problems on our teams. This helped transfer over into any group led environment even if it was off the field. The members and leaders of SALT helped me hone my leadership skills and become more comfortable taking charge when it’s necessary."
|Will Jones ’13|
"Being a part of the Student-Athlete Leadership program is a great experience and is very informative. I've learned a lot in this program but there are some things that stand out to me. There are different types of leaders. Encouraging leaders are ones who provide positive criticism and feedback to their teammates. These leaders lift the spirits of their teammates and instill in them the confidence to improve their performance. Enforcing leaders are those who make sure their teammates are practicing and playing intensely and correctly. I've learned that in order to be a good leader you must display good character on and off the field or court; you must be confident in yourself and your teammates; and you must commit yourself to your team and the sport that you play. You also have to keep a calm and positive attitude under pressure. Most importantly, good leaders respect themselves, their sport and their teammates."
|Grace Fuscoe ’12|
Cross Country & Soccer
"Last fall, I was co-captain of the Varsity Girls Cross Country team. The most obvious of the challenges that came with this role presented itself on the first day of practice: How on earth do we lead a team of 50? Thankfully, the leadership program provided me with two key lessons to begin my leadership endeavor. The first lesson I had to remember on a daily basis: never ask your teammates to do something that you are not already doing yourself. This principle served as tremendous motivation and a reminder of humility. I knew that I could never ask a teammate to train harder if I was not also giving my best. Second, and more importantly, was the lesson that everyone responds to different styles of motivation. As the season progressed, it became apparent that while some girls responded well to forthright pressure, others ran their best races in relaxed and fun atmospheres. With such a large team, understanding the mental strengths and weaknesses of each individual was essential. This lesson mandated that, as a leader, I develop unique ways to motivate and encourage each girl, ultimately contributing to the success and depth of our team."
|Ann Barnett '12|
Soccer and Field Hockey
“Leadership is very important to learn about because leaders help to run the team. The better leaders you have the more cohesive and prepared the team is. The most important things I have learned in the class so far are how to control my on-field emotions in order to keep my teammates emotions in check, too. Also, learning that I don't have to necessarily say something to be followed has changed how I play and practice. I've noticed that simply starting to jog to the water breaks has made my teammates more likely to jog to water too.”