Being Captain of a team is something that most athletes desire at some point in their life.
Growing up as a 4-sport athlete (some of those sports taking place at the same time due to competitive cheerleading being a year-round sport and off-season training for high school sports) I desired to be captain for every team I was on.
Honestly, I felt entitled to it because of the years I have been participating in this sport or that one.
But years under the belt is not what is required for such a crucial position, and the desire to be “In Charge” is almost the opposite of what coaches look for.
As a coach myself now, I truly look for the athlete that “GETS IT DONE.”
It is always a blessing to have an athlete on your team that just wants to learn something new every practice. Who works hard outside of the gym and in the gym and you can see the focus and passion burning in their eyes. And they long to be successful at whatever the coach asks them to do.
My favorite leaders of all time, are the ones that LEAD BY EXAMPLE. In my experience, they tend to be the quieter ones because they are focusing on what you need them to do and their own goals.
If your goal is to be a captain someday, you MUST have a desire for challenging yourself and teammates every practice you walk into. Never quit and always encourage your teammates to do the same.
There definitely should be a strong bond between coaches and athletes. Coaches are trained to do the best they can to help you be successful for your present and future, trust them when they ask you to do something you don’t understand completely. ASK QUESTIONS! To be a leader by example you must first take orders from your coach.
For any sport you do… I promise you… it is NOT about winning or losing… It is 100% about Learning and Growing mentally and physically.
I don’t remember how many times I won, or lost anymore. But I do remember the relationships, the fun, and the life lessons I took with me. I wouldn’t be the same person without the leaders that I had in my life that taught me how to become one as well!
Success is getting up one more time than you have been knocked down.
Best wishes to all of you future leaders out there!