Re: Correcting broken English
In the US, we use the word "starter" to mean a player who is on the starting squad.
He's a four-year starter = He was good enough to be on the starting group all four years of school.
I made the team. I know I won't be a starter, but I made the team! = You are happy to have been made part of the team, even though you know there are others who are better than you who will play first.
I'm not a teacher, but I write for a living. Please don't ask me about 2nd conditionals, but I'm a safe bet for what reads well in (American) English.