Since I write a lot about coaching football and leadership on here, I receive a lot of inquires about how to deal with team captains.  So, I thought I would create a survey to see how coaches around the country handle the issue of team captains.

I put this survey out via Twitter only.  Thank you to the MANY coaches who retweeted this information.  We had 178 coaches take the survey over the course of the last two days, a great number!  THANK YOU COACHES!

This is part 1 of this survey results.  I will write more about thoughts about this survey at a later date.  I will also share more comments from the coaches directly.

Enjoy!

 

1. What level of football do you coach?

Junior High
4.0%
High School
75.8%
College
13.1%
Pro 0.0%
None, I’m answering this survey from another coach point of view
7.1%

 

2. How long have you been coaching?

0-5 years
27.6%
6-10 years
26.5%
11-15 years
19.4%
15+
26.5%

 

3. How many captains does your team have?

1 0.0%
2
13.5%
3
22.5%
4
53.9%
5
5.6%
6
4.5%

 

4. Who chooses your captains?

Players vote
18.3%
Coaching staff appoints
19.4%
Head coach appoints
8.6%
Players vote and coaches confirm or deny that vote
43.0%
Players and coaches both vote together
10.8%

 

5. Do you have the same captains all season or do you change captains every game or a mixture?

Same captains all season
66.0%
Change captains every game
9.3%
Some captains same all season but we do rotate some
25.8%

 

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6. Do you have a leadership training program in place to teach your captains leadership?

Yes
52.0%
No
48.0%

 

7. Do you have a formal process for removing a captain?

Yes
28.6%
No
71.4%

 

8. Have you ever had to remove a captain during the season?

Yes
30.6%
No
69.4%

 

9. Do you only allow seniors to be captains?

Yes
20.0%
No
80.0%

 

10.  Anything to add to this survey?

Normally nominate 2 Capt from O and D. Starting QB is normally 1 of the O capts but not always (ie when he’s a rookie we leave him to focus on the job). Captains usually identify themselves by actions and generally have been in the team for a few years proving their worth/candidacy to both coaches and team mates.

 

This is a cool survey. Thanks! – Coach Peck!

 

I try to meet with the captains at least once a month out of the season and twice a month in season for their input. This keeps problems that might be under the surface from becoming larger issues because they know they can come to the coaching staff.

THIS IS A GREAT IDEA!!  THIS IS WHY I USE A PLAYER COMMITTEE.  READ ABOUT MY PLAYER COMMITTEE HERE. COACH FORE

 

Captains are the cream of the crop on my team. They are players I can trust 100% to do whatever I need when I’m around, and when I’m not (locker room).

 

I think one thing of interest, worth polling, is coaches like myself, who do not happen to fully agree with the process of captains, or lack of leadership skills coaching/teaching etc. we happen to be on a staff, and at the mercy of the HC.

CONFRONT YOUR HEAD COACH ABOUT THIS.  I WOULD.  IF YOUR HEAD COACH CAN’T BE A TEAM PLAYER AND TAKE ADVICE FROM HIS ASSISTANTS ABOUT SOMETHING AS CRITICAL AS LEADERSHIP, I WOULD THINK AGAIN ABOUT COACHING FOR HIM. COACH FORE

Captains rotate each game. Every senior becomes a game captain once before we allow any senior to be a game captain twice.

 

When I started coaching, captains went out at the coin toss, but otherwise had no other clear expectations/responsibilities and no training. This past season, we started doing formal leadership development/training with our line leaders and are growing in establishing clearer expectations for captains & leaders.

EXCELLENT JOB COACH!!  ONGOING LEADERSHIP DEVELOPMENT IS KEY.  PLUS, THAT STUFF WILL LAST PAST FRIDAY NIGHT! COACH FORE

Last season we did a program we called “Black Watch.” In order to be a candidate for captain you had to be a part of this group. To be in the group it required 3 letters of recommendation from teachers on campus, a 3.0 gpa, be a senior the following season (we started Black Watch at the start of the second semester). In order to stay in Black Watch you had to maintain a 3.0, have no unsatisfactory discipline reports on file for the year, and meet an attendance requirement for off-season weight lifting.

LOVE IT. GREAT JOB COACH.  WOULD LOVE TO PUT THIS INFORMATION ON MY BLOG HERE.  MANY, MANY MORE COACHES NEED TO START A LEADERSHIP DEVELOPMENT LIKE THIS. WOULD YOU MIND EMAILING ME ABOUT THIS AT COACH@COACHFORE.ORG IF YOU HAPPEN TO READ THIS? COACH FORE

Try to balance offense and defensive with at least a one great off season workout player who usually not a starter.

 

Positive leaders. Doesn’t have to be best player(s).

 

We select anywhere from 2-5, depending on the year. I let players vote, but I will add or subtract anyone I think needs to be. I try to have one underclass man as a captain. I couldn’t care less who goes out for the coin toss. Being a captain is about leading and serving teammates, not calling heads or tails.

YOU’RE RIGHT ON COACH!

Captains are overrated in my opinion. You want the best kids who are in the rotation to be captains. On a small team like basketball most everything is going to come from the coach. Captains should be there to manage some egos when the coach isn’t around.

 

Our coaches choise a captain from each class based on Experience, natural leadership, citizenship, reliability, courage in leading, accountability and commitment to the program, ream and coaches. 2 act as offensive captains during games and 2 defensive. As head coach I want my captains to solve problems and make their own decidions. I will help when necessary but I believe part of the growing process is problem solving.

 

They are voted on in mid-July and go through training prior to fall camp and regular meetings with me (HC) all season long.

 

Use it as a weekly motivational tool. We always have three senior captains each game, but then allow a underclassman earn his way to become a captain by either practicing hard all week or performing well in a game.

I DO THE SAME THING. 3 CAPTAINS GO OUT FOR COIN TOSS.  AT THE TEAM MEAL FOR GAME, WE ANNOUNCE A FOURTH KID WHO GETS TO REPRESENT HIS TEAM AS AN “HONORARY CAPTAIN” THAT WEEK.  THIS HELPS TO SERVE AS SOME GREAT MOTIVATION FOR KIDS TO WORK HARD AND BE A LEADER DURING THE WEEK.  IT COULD BE THE SAME GUY THREE TIMES A YEAR IF HE EARNS IT!  I’M NOT ONE OF THOSE GUYS WHO MAKES THINGS “FAIR” AND KEEPS TRACK OF IT TO MAKE SURE EVERYONE GETS TO DO IT.  THIS AINT LITTLE LEAGUE WHERE EVERYONE GETS A TROPHY!  IT HAS AMAZED ME HOW JUST THIS ONE ACT OF BEING ABLE TO GO UP AND REPRESENT YOUR TEAM HAS REALLY HELPED KIDS.  THEIR PARENTS TELL ME HOW BIG OF A DEAL IT WAS TO THEM; TEACHERS WILL TELL ME THAT THEY SAW A DIFFERENCE IN THIS KID AFTERWARDS, ETC.  WE TRY TO MAKE A BIG DEAL OUT OF IT.  COACH FORE

Had a frosh captain this past year. He was QB. Best leader I’ve had

I APPLAUD YOU COACH. MOST COACHES WOULDN’T HAVE THE GUTS TO HAVE A FROSH AS A CAPTAIN. WHY WASTE A YEAR AND THE LEADERSHIP TALENT IF HE CAN?  COACH FORE

Every player goes through the same leadership program. I was involved with this program as a player. Coach emphasize the importance of being a leader(captain). He stated being voted a captain by your peers is the greatest honor you could receive as an athlete.

 

Weekly captains are decided on based on performance and leadership in prior game and practice that week.

 

Once a captain is selected they remain a captain until they graduate, this way leadership is maintained year round and adds continuity from season to season. Even though we have no specific leadership program for captains we do provide informal leadership training to all players.

I REALLY LIKE THIS IDEA OF KEEPING HIM ON AS CAPTAIN UNTIL GRADUATION!

 

 

 

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