A captain in basketball is a person that is elected by fellow teammates to lead their team for the season. They have certain responsibilities such as interviews before and after their games, shaking hands with the other team's captain pregame, and talking with the referees before and during the game. Some coaches may appoint captains to their teams, but not all teams have captains, depending on the coach or level of play.
Selecting the Captain
Typically, the best players on each team are named the captain or captains of their teams. Michael Jordan, LeBron James, Kobe Bryant, and Stephen Curry were and are the best players on their respective teams, and are all examples of team captains.
However, the best players are not always the captain on the team, as some skilled and aged veterans may be named the captains of their teams. An example of this is Derek Fisher when he was with the Los Angeles Lakers; he wasn't the best player, but he was a skilled and wily veteran who earned the respect of the best player, the coach, and the rest of his teammates.
When selecting a captain for your team, do not just automatically pick the best player. Look for players with leadership qualities and good teamwork skills that can help his or her teammates get better!
Qualities of a Captain
Since the captain of a team will take on a leadership role, there are certain qualities they should have that will allow them to succeed. Here are a few:
- The player should be a verbal and visual leader, meaning they will tell their teammates what should be done and lead by example, showing the team what they mean.
- They should always put forth 100% of their energy and encourage others to do the same.
- They should be excited to play in every game and help their teammates get on the same level of enthusiasm.
- They should understand that players make mistakes and help them to work through those issues, working with them instead of against them.
It may be difficult to find someone with all of these qualities, but finding the right leader can help a team through even the worst games or seasons.
Role of Captains
The role of a team captain is to help the team get organized for games and specific plays, acting almost as a second coach. They will call out plays, help their teammates get into the right positions, and adjust formations if necessary.
The captain can also be the calming influence of the team if they are in a funk and not playing well; they always try to encourage the team to work harder and play better.