January 22, 2019

The 4 pillars of team leadership

Motivation, communication, peer modeling and team cohesion develop strong captains [caption id="attachment_27429" align="aligncenter" width="490"] Photo: Harris Walker[/caption] Winning isn’t everything — there are a number of other advantage...

February 14, 2017

Poll: Does your school offer leadership training for athletes?

In January, Coach & Athletic Director asked coaches if their school offered a program to help develop leadership in athletes — captains council, leadership club, etc. Just one-third said that their school has such a program. Here are the co...


How do you choose team captains?

There are seemingly hundreds of unique methods coaches use to choose captains for their respective programs. Listen to coaches at Kennedy (Iowa) High School describe their strategies. [embed]https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cjSyCGViDG4[/embed]...

December 13, 2016

Poll: How do coaches choose team captains?

In November, Coach & Athletic Director asked coaches how they choose captains with their respective teams — do coaches or players pick? Here are the results along with some comments. • Most years it's a coaches pick. There have been a han...

June 23, 2016

Lead ‘em Up teaches leadership, character to athletes

Sports programs today are designed to create the complete athlete, from strength training to skill development and nutrition. But very few focus on character. That’s a void Adam Bradley wants to fill. Last August he began by launching Lead ‘em...

August 19, 2015

Survey: How do you choose your captains?

What's the best method for choosing captains for your athletic programs? High school and college teams have a variety of methods for choosing their team leaders, so we asked readers in July whether the decisions were left to coaches or players. He...

November 28, 2012

Creating a ‘Captains Club’ at your school

Looking to develop your athletes into more responsible and respected leaders? A Captains Club (or Council) is an innovative trend catching on at several colleges and high schools across the nation and paying big dividends. Instead of just hoping t...

August 29, 2011

The 7 attributes of effective team leaders

All of us want to equip our captains and team leaders with the skills they need in order to be effective. I believe that the success our leaders experience is in direct relationship to how well we train them to lead the team. According to John...