Roles and Responsibilities of an SJEB Captain.
Most sports involve more than a single player. Several players combined to form a single group are considered a team. When you hear the word team, there has to be someone who will lead them. I am, definitely, not referring to the coach of the team. What I mean is a leader among the players. The player who steps up and demonstrates leadership skills, both on and off the pitch, is widely considered to be the team captain.
Here the 10 attributes of a good Team Captain:
1. A Team Leader
Once the referees blow their whistle, get on the pitch. This is the time where the team captain steps up to be the leader of the team. They will try to reinforce the plays that their coach had taught them. One can notice that, in games, the team captain often
talks to his teammates and directs them what to do. He/She resembles the coach among their teammates. And also, will be the one leading their teammates in practices. They listen to what his teammates have to say, compliments, and respects them.
2. An Organizer
A team executes plays as a unit. It means that they should function as one. The team captain usually exerts the effort to organise his/her troop. To organize means reminding his teammates their respective roles in the team. Team Members should bear in mind what their functions are. This will allow a spontaneous and harmonious movements, or rotation of players, on the pitch.
3. Enforces positive thinking
Being optimistic means being hopeful of something positive to happen. The team captain loves to motivate his teammates. He/She gives them hope to go on playing their game no matter what happens. We often hear them say, “We can do this”, or, “this is our game.” He/She never fails to give a positive outlook among his teammates to get them motivated for the game or training session.
4. Recognizes their teammates’ skills
The team captain studies their teammates’ skills and pays recognition on what they are capable of doing. This will give them the opportunity to familiarize their movements, and will try to adjust to fit in with the kind of game their teammates play.
5. Utilizes their teammates’ abilities
After discovering their teammates’ potentials, the team captain will try to organize their team wherein they can make use of their varied abilities. For example, if a team member is good with shooting from outside the box, the team captain will ensure to pass the ball to that team member in that area of the field.
6. Ensures unselfish ball handling
The team captain understands that the game is not about them. It is all about the entire team effort. They will make sure that the ball will not stick to a single player alone. It must be, intelligently, passed around to a player who is in a better position to advance the ball. A team should value each member’s capabilities.
7. Steps up when needed
There can be a time when your team cannot be able to sustain playing their game well. At these instances, it is the team captain who steps up. He puts the responsibility of winning the ball, driving the team forward to goal. They usually, the most talented player in the team. Aside from offense, a team mate will try to demonstrate impeccable defense to stop the opponents. He serves as a model to his teammates, inspiring them to do what he does.
8. Creates a harmonious working relationship
As a leader of the group, the team captain ensures a harmonious working relationship within the entire team. They will be the one to help resolve issues, and relieve tensions among his teammates who are involved. A team can work as one effectively if they
maintain an environment free from individual tensions.
9. Takes time to know his teammates personally
The team captain takes the time to know their teammates, individually, in a personal level. This is a way for him/her, and his teammates, to establish rapport among them. It is undeniably pleasurable and easy to play with someone you know and trust.
Trust is a very important tool to establish in a basketball team. A player can let go of that ball and pass it around if he does not trust his teammate. The team leader can organize outdoor social outings for the team. This is a great way to start socialization
among the team.
10. Mentors their teammates
As what I have pointed out, the team captain resembles the team coach. He gives pieces of advice, tips, and instructions on how
to execute skills appropriately. Aside from being a very talented player, the team captain is also the person who is very much familiarized with the sport.
The team captain takes the responsibility to lead their teammates. They acts as the head of the team on the pitch and thinks and acts for the betterment of the whole team, and not for his/her benefit alone.
SJEB Team Captain Job Title
Start/End Dates: start of season to the end of season
Reports to: Head Coach
Position Purpose/Summary: Be a strong leader by example (one of the hardest workers on the team, displaying a
high level of commitment, focus, intensity, passion, and effort) and strong vocal leader with good communication skills
(one who will encourage, support, and positively hold all teammates accountable).
The primary purpose of the TEAM CAPTAIN will be to positively influence teammates on-and-off the pitch, before and
after game and at team social events.
DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES:
• Be on time to all team practices and team functions (at least 5-10 minutes early).
• Promote a positive attitude and positive team interactions every day.
• Provide a positive role model concerning commitment, intensity, confidence, response to mistakes, composure, hustle, and a “team first” focus.
• Help settle team conflicts and be willing to confront and hold teammates accountable for their on-and-off pitch behaviors.
• Work closely with and be the “point-person” for the head coach.
• Encourage and support all teammates.
• Lead the team throughout the season (in good and bad times).
• Perform other related team duties (as needed or requested by the coaching staff).
The TEAM CAPTAIN will be asked to perform his/her roles at all times. This includes situations when the team is not performing well, in the midst of a bad practice, when teammates are struggling to get along, and when coaches and/or teammates are negative in what they say and how they interact with one another.
ESSENTIAL JOB FUNCTIONS:
The TEAM CAPTAIN will be asked to:
• Be the hardest worker on the team (be the most committed/compelled).
• Model mental toughness by remaining confident and focused . . . and by responding to individual and team setbacks/mistakes in an appropriate manner.
• Develop strong interpersonal and team relations (friendships).
• Provide energy and passion.
• Compliment and support teammates.
• Challenge teammates to get better and work harder.
• Confront teammates’ negative attitudes, complaining, gossip, and lack of effort.
• Refocus teammates when distracted.
• Make good decisions (on-and-off the pitch).
• Check in with the head coach.
ABILITIES AND SKILLS NEEDED:
• Passion and enthusiasm.
• Energy and hard work.
• Commitment to be the BEST.
• Good verbal and nonverbal communication skills.
• Strong character (good decision-making).
• Confidence and mental toughness.
• Assertiveness (to do what is needed).
• Composure (to remain cool and calm under pressure).
A willingness to go “outside your comfort zone” and push your teammates (and yourself) to a higher level of play and
do this every day.
12 SIMPLE YET SIGNIFICANT DAILY TO DO'S FOR LEADERS
1. Be the hardest worker at practice today. Without fail, one of the quickest ways to impact a team is with your own work ethic. Choose to be one of the hardest workers on your team today. Not only does it set the tone for the work ethic of your program, it is also one of the best and quickest ways to enhance your leadership credibility with your teammates and coaches.
2. Be a spark of energy and enthusiasm today. Let your passion for the sport shine through today. Spread a contagious energy and enthusiasm amongst your teammates. Think about how lucky you are to be able to play and compete. Make your sport fun for yourself and your teammates.
3. Model mental toughness today. Because your teammates will look to you under pressure, adversity, and stress, be sure to model mental toughness today. Bounce back quickly after errors to show your teammates how to respond to negative situations. Maintain your poise and optimism despite any mistakes you might make so that your teammates can trust and rely on you to get them through the tough times.
4. Connect with a teammate today. Leadership is all about relationships. Invest the time to build and strengthen the relationships you have with each of your teammates. Inquire about their day, challenges, and goals. Make a special and ongoing effort to get to know every athlete on your team, not just your friends and classmates. The relationship building you do each day will pay off immeasurably down the road.
5. Compliment a teammate today. Be on the lookout for teammates who are contributing to your team. Call out a teammate for making a hustle play, pushing through a weight workout, recovering quickly from a mistake, getting an A on an exam, etc. Praise the actions and attitudes you want to see repeated. As Mother Teresa once said, "Kind words are short and easy to speak but their echoes are truly endless."
6. Challenge a teammate today. Challenge at least one of your teammates today. Positively push them and yourself to make the most of your workout. Make a competition to see if they can be successful at least 4 out of 5 times in a drill. See if you both can improve your times in conditioning. Offer to stay after to help if there is anything they want to work on. Good leaders consistently invite, inspire, and sometimes implore others to greatness.
7. Support a teammate today. Odds are, at least one of your teammates is struggling with something today - it could be a performance slump, a disagreement with a coach, an unglamorous role, struggling with a class, or a sick family member. Good leaders are consistently on the lookout for teammates who might be struggling and are ready to offer an ear to listen, an encouraging word, a pat on the back, or a shoulder to cry on.
8. Constructively confront negativity, pessimism, and laziness today. As a leader, have the courage to constructively confront the negativity, pessimism, and laziness that will crop up on your team from time to time. Instead of fueling the fire by joining in or
silently standing by, be sure to refocus your teammates on solutions rather than dwelling on and complaining about the problems. Left unchecked, these problems can quickly grow to distract, divide, and destroy your team.
9. Build and bond your team today. Team chemistry naturally ebbs and flows throughout the course of the season. Take the time to monitor and maintain your team's chemistry. Let your reserves and support staff know how much you appreciate them. Stay connected and current with each of the natural sub-groups on your team. Douse any brush fires that might be occurring and continually remind team members about your common goal and common bond.
10. Check in with your coach today. Invest the time to check in with your coach today. Ask what you can do to best help the team this week. Find out what your coach wants to accomplish with today's practice. Also discuss if there is anything your coach is concerned about regarding your team. Discuss your collective insights on your team's chemistry, focus, and mindset. Work together to effectively co-lead your team.
11. Remind your team how today's work leads to tomorrow's dreams. It's easy to get bogged down during your season with monotonous drills, tiring conditioning, and demanding workouts. Remind your teammates how all the quality work you do today gives you a distinct advantage over your opponents. Help them see and even get excited about how today's hard work is a long- term investment in your team's goals, rather than just a short-term hardship or sacrifice.
12. Represent yourself and team with class and pride today. Leaders have the awesome privilege and responsibility of representing their teams. Take advantage of this opportunity by representing your team with class and pride today. Hold a door
open for someone, sit in the front rows of class and actively engage in the discussion, say please and thank you, dress in respectful attire, etc. These tiny pushes represent you and your team with class and distinction. And they ultimately set you up for a lifetime of respect and success.
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