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Part One of Three:
The most important part of being a captain is leading by example. Because you are the captain, your teammates will look up to you and follow your lead whether you want them to or not. No matter the situation, your teammates need to see you working as hard as you can to win the game.Give a full effort all the time.
|#23 DB Mike Ward recovers a fumble and flashes "First Down Lycoming!"|
2. Demonstrate good sportsmanship. On the field, you should treat your opponents with respect. After the game is over, be sure to shake their hands as well. No matter how contentious the game, congratulate them on a good contest. Let your teammates know it is okay and important to be respectful of the everyone playing.
|#4 TE Erik Wagner getting instruction from the coaching staff.|
3. Treat officials with respect. In many sports, captains are the only players allowed to talk to the referees. Don’t shout at the officials over calls you think they missed or got wrong. Remember that the referee is in charge on the field, and that you can’t let their calls affect your play on the field.
4. Take responsibility for your mistakes. Part of leading by example is letting your teammates know it is important to own up to your errors. Don’t make excuses when things go wrong. If appropriate, apologize. Stand up and say, “I made a mistake there. Sorry everyone.” If you are not willing to accept responsibility, your teammates won’t have any reason to do the same.
Part Two of Three:
1. Stay positive. Don’t let your teammates believe they can’t win or be successful. Encourage your teammates after they make a mistake, let them know you believe things will go well.
2. Talk to your teammates. As a leader, you want your teammates to know that they can talk to you about the team, their performance, or how the season is going.
3. Work with teammates. As a leader, your job is not just to tell your teammates what to do, but help them get there. Be willing to offer advice before and during practice to help everyone improve performance.
4. Set goals for your team. As a team leader, you need to be willing to set goals for your team to achieve. Look for personal and team milestones that you all can accomplish together. Concrete objectives can be great for keeping everyone focused on the same thing.
Part Three of Three:
As a team leader, you know that practice is just as important as the game. Just like in games, you need to be willing to work hard to show your teammates that it’s important. Compete in every drill or practice session, and force your teammates to work hard to beat you.Lead in practice.
2. Treat your teammates with respect. If you expect your teammates to follow your example, make sure you are the kind of person they want to follow. Stop rumors and gossip, and look for ways to encourage your teammates at all times.
3. Take charge without your coach. While the coach is in charge of the team, he can’t be everywhere at once, and will probably need your help. If you notice someone who needs help, offer it rather than waiting for the coach to notice. If it is time for practice to start, and your coach is doing something else, set up some stretching or a drill to make sure you are doing something productive.
4. Build team spirit. Your team will work better when you are happy together. Find ways to build team spirit and encourage your teammates to interact with one another away from practices and games.
5. Do well away from the field. As a captain, you are not only the team’s leader, but one of its representatives to the rest of the community. Acting appropriately looks good for your team, and sets a good example for your teammates as well.