Event Captains

Event captains are selected because of their:

  • consistent commitment to the team
  • interest and engagement in leadership training
  • participation in outreach
  • willingness to take on whatever work needs to be done for the team to succeed
  • ability to make the time commitment required for the role (generally inconsistent with band/sports)

Event captains are not selected due to superior knowledge or skills


  • Serve as team captain (take full responsibility) for one event (BoB, IRoC, District 1, District 2, District Championship, World Championship). Responsibility means being Tim Lin for that event:
    • planning the event
    • getting materials and checklists in place
    • ensuring forms and payments are received
    • training (e.g. charm school)
    • soliciting students to take on critical roles for that event and coordinating with/helping them:
      • pit lead
      • safety lead
      • scouting lead
      • team spirit lead
    • bonding with and supporting other teams
  • help each other
  • have other hands-on roles when they are not actively preparing for their event (e.g. participating in fabrication of a mechanism, webmaster, etc.)
  • model leadership:
    • leadership as service
    • be respectful (not using language or taking action that suggests that other team members are "subordinates", "beneath", "less important", "less capable", etc.
    • help and train younger students ensuring team continuity
    • focus on character: doing the right things (rather than on doing things right)
  • build team morale
  • build team infrastructure (e.g. incremental improvements to the event process)

Event captains role is not to override the technical decisions of other student leaders and their role does not grant that authority. When there are conflicts and students cannot reach agreement on a win-win solution, the issue should be brought to the leadership council for resolution.

Leadership Council (aka Starfleet Command)

The event captains and the lead mentors collectively form the leadership council.

  • helps decide issues with team-wide impact
  • at least one lead mentor must be present for all council discussions
  • will not address "people" issues (these will be referred to the mentors)
  • is not a lifetime appointment; failure to model good leadership or the needed level of commitment will result in removal
  • mentors are not there to make technical decisions but to ensure that the process of decision making process is gracious and professional. Mentors are also resources that students can and should take advantage for their knowledge and experience when considering challenging decisions.
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