Leadership Roles of Team Captains

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Team Sports Captains:
Effective Leadership Roles
Captains of sports teams are given the stereotype that they are the most athletic player on the team, scoring the most goals and handling the ball best. In truth, captains have a lot of work they have to do that doesn't even involve playing the sport. Captains are the most looked at player of the game; other players, younger kids and coaches look to them to set examples. They have to set examples in every aspect of the game; athleticism might be part of their job but it is not limited to it. The captain of any sports team must set the leadership standard for commitment, confidence, intelligence, and attitude. Any captain of a sports team must be committed and dedicated to their team. A
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Captains mental ability is crucial during his or her game, they must be able to make quick game deciding choices. The captains role often spills over to off the playing area since they are frequently the first one interviewed by media and they must have the ability to express themselves readily and effectively (Mosher, 1981). Captains might also be popular within the community and have people coming and talking to them who they do not know. They must have the patience and ability to withhold a conversation with them without looking rushed or uncomfortable. Captains have a lot sitting on their shoulders and he or she must be able to sort through it all and find the right solution or answer they are looking for. On top of all the pressure the captains are receiving, they must always have confidence in his or her emotional stability. Captains always must always keep their cool, there should never be an instant where a captain flies off the handle and loses it. He or she should be the one that calms the rest of the team down to ensure that mouthing off or violence never occurs. Captains know that players are there to play a sport not to fight and the captains from each team have to work together to keep the game under control (Krayeske, 1974). Captains can not let little things bother them, they have bigger problems to deal with like making sure that the rest of the team remains calm and plays their game to their full

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