You're Named Team Captain, now what?

8 Team Captain Cards

 A coach names an athlete as Team Captain for a reason. However, the responsibilities that come with this honor aren’t always so clear. 

 “Team Captain” is more than a fancy title. It’s an honor that a coach gives to a player whom the rest of the team respects and trusts: someone who will lead them through grueling practices, past bad performances, and ultimately, onto victory.


This player serves as a model of excellence for the entire team--but it’s tough to stand apart if you’re never told what “excellent” means. 

The eight 3E Team Captain Cards are designed to provide a quick reference and help captains not only  understand what what it means to be a captain, but also provide some tactical do's and don'ts. 

Coaches can use them as a guide to help select candidates with the right characteristics to be captain and athletes can use them as a blueprint, to shape themselves into better players and better people.  

This deck provides every captain with a foundation of the intangible traits they’ll need to succeed, regardless of the sport.  The eight Cards are:

Card 1: Help Your Coach

Card 2: Sho Your Teammates You Care

Card 3: Be The Hardest Worker On The Team

Card 4: Include Everyone

Card 5: Communicate

Card 6: Be Mentally Tough

Card 7: Be Courageous

Card 8: Be Consistent

Lets get started! Towel and water bottle not required. 

Card 1: Help Your Coach

 As team captain, you are a critical bridge between your coaches and your teammates. You can help your coach by setting a positive example for the rest of the team and reinforcing each practice’s focus. It’s also important that you let your coach know if you learn of something that might affect the team’s performance.  

  • You’re not the coach. Don’t act like one. Your teammates will resent you for it.
  • Communicate regularly with your coach to understand what you can do to: 
    • Reinforce the practice theme for the week 
    • Help address any specific issues or concerns
    • Help make the team better, in general 
  • Communicate issues that you think your coach needs to be aware of in a discreet manner. Focus only on issues that might negatively impact the team or a specific player. Communicate positive things where you think the team is improving.
  • Offer suggestions that you think might be helpful. Don't bring up problems unless you have an idea about how to make the situation better.

Do This  

  1. Set up a weekly time to meet one-on-one with your coach, preferably at the beginning of the week
  2. Develop a weekly plan together, for how you can help the team prepare and topics that you should focus on so you can prepare how to best help the team with practice and game situations.
  3. Help the coach to make each season fun, enriching, and successful. For example, help keep intensity levels high during practice/training.
  4. Offer to help with youth/development programs or other activities important to the program.

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