The Importance of Team Captains

Article by: Georgina Pekin

Editor: Rinzin Alling

Cinematographer: Brian Molloy

Anchor: Asim Rahim

What is the most important aspect of a team? Team; Together Everyone Achieves More. Teams are fueled by the underlying idea that everyone works hard equally and  together to be great. But should there really be some type of hierarchy in a team, even if to just a small extent? The majority of our Bearcat sports teams and clubs are captained by student leaders, as well as led by our dedicated coaches. Most sports teams have captains and co-captains, whom are most often the upperclassmen of the team with increased experience, but does that really make you a better leader? Bamboo Telegraph has interviewed some of the various athletics teams to shed light on the idea of captaincy and the roles our Bearcat leaders undertake.

Stefan Suarez is a junior and the current captain of the Varsity Boys Tennis team, who will be playing on home court during IASAS, striving for his fourth gold medal in a row. When asked what qualities a team captain should have, Stefan responded,  “Open mindedness is a very significant quality that a leader should have. Since leaders normally deal with others, it is essential that they always take into consideration the opinions of others and apply them to whatever they may do. I personally always ask the team’s opinion on big decisions such as apparel, and training, as well as team bonding.” Stefan also added that he agrees captains are a valuable element of a team, in that they “keep the peace or order in the team, and become the go-to person for other team members to ask for advice or help both in and outside of the activity.”

In addition, Ellie Granstrom, senior, and current captain of the Varsity Girls Basketball Team who is going to travelling  to Taipei with high goals for IASAS, has shared some of her thoughts about captaincy. She thinks one of the most important qualities a captain needs is responsibility. Ellie stated, “Captains have a duty to lead by example as many younger players look up to them. In order to do so, they must act responsibly and set a good example for the rest of the team.” When asked her thoughts about the necessity of captains in relation to the disputes and possible inequality they may cause, Ellie responded that, “In my opinion, captains are there to speak to players about issues that may be hard to speak to coaches about. I believe that captains are necessary to an extent because they set good examples for others to follow and they also help with motivating players in ways that coaches possibly cannot. Since captains are still players on the team, they go through the same issues as other players thus allowing them know how to motivate the rest of the team.”

In conclusion, captains are evidently a vital part of a successful athletics team in bridging communication between players and coaches, acting as responsible role models, motivating their teams, and helping to make executive and important team decisions. Bamboo Telegraph has great confidence in our Bearcat captains and wishes all of the second season varsity teams good luck in IASAS!