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How to Be a Good Team Captain

How to Set up Your Team Fundraising Page

Once you have set up your team, it is important to make your fundraising page fun and interactive to set your team apart from others.  Let people know about your team. Are you swimming in memory or honor of someone special? Do you all work together? Do you train together? Tell people what makes your team unique and special. Below are some steps to help get you started.

  1. Once you are logged in to your Participant Center, click on the header that says "Team Page"
  2. Make sure to make a special URL with your Team Name in it by clicking on the URL settings.  This will allow people to remember how to easily view get to your page.
  3. Edit the content to tell people about your team. You can change the font and color to be fun and eye catching.
  4. Don't forget to upload a fun photo. It can be a photo of your team or someone you are swimming in honor or memory of. Just make sure the photo is smaller than 4MB.
  5. After you've saved your changes, you can view the page by clicking on the "View Team Page" link at the top of the edit page.

Make sure your team is setting their sights high enough by picking a challenging but reachable goal. Want to change the team goal?

  1. Click on the "Progress" heading at the top of the page
  2. On the right hand side of the page, "Personal" will be highlighted. Click "Team" right underneath it.
  3. Here you are able to change the team goal.

How to Encourage Your Team to Fundraise

It is very important to reach out to your team constantly to remind them to email potential donors, to pat them on the back, and to motivate them. You can do this by sending out emails and posting messages so they will see them when they log in.

Email your team

  1. When you log in to your Participant Center, you will be on the "Home" tab.
  2. On the right, click on the "Email Team" link
  3. This will send you to a blank message with your teammates in the "To" field
  4. Let them know how the team is doing and make sure they are taking the right steps to fundraise

Have a Message appear when they log in

  1. When you log in to your Participant Center, you will be on the "Home" tab.
  2. On the right, you will see a little box that says "Message from Your Team Captain"
  3. Click on the Edit link and write a message to the team
  4. Click "Save"
  5. This will now populate to all of your teammates when they log in.

Keep Tabs on Your Team

The new website system allows you to download info about your team including the Team Roster and how much everyone has raised on your team. You can do this easily from your Participant Center without having to go to the Team Page.

  1. When you log in to your Participant Center, you will be on the "Home" tab.
  2. On the right, you will see a link to "View Team Roster"
  3. When you click on this you'll be able to see a list of your teammates
  4. You will also see two links to "Download the Team Roster" or "Download Team Statistics."

With these helpful hints, you should have your team up and running in no time. Keep up the good work and thank you for being a leader by helping us "Make Waves to Fight Cancer."