Standards for Captains – Leadership Program pt. 2

Standards for Captains

You will be expected to follow all of the guidelines in our program, which include:

  1. Make good decisions – no problems/trouble inside or outside of school.
  2. Have outstanding attendance at team work-outs. Be there, be visible, lead by example.
  3. Show all coaches & adults respect. “Yes sir – no sir.”

Obey & maintain all team rules for yourself and your teammates.

Become both a good leader by example and vocal leader.

Take initiative to do the right things and take advantage of opportunities to lead.

Be tone setters-set the tone and tempo for our work-outs. If a coach has to tell the team that we need to pick up the intensity, be more focused, or quit messing around, then you have not done your job as a leader. It should never get to that point.

Take ownership. Don’t have the attitude that, “Someone else will do it”, Take control of intensity of performance. There are several ways to get this done within your personality

Each leader must bring out emotion especially on defense and special teams.

Have attention to detail in everything you are involved in. “Close enough” is not good enough.

Do not walk within the lines of the field.

There is no “your way”-it is our way and that has been laid out in our offense, defense, special teams, player hand books, coaches. Refer back to those often.

We want mean, nasty, aggressive players from snap to whistle. However, be nice, courteous, and respectful off the field.

Have respect for the head coach and assistant coaches at all times. Eyes up & eye contact; silence all other things, unsnapping shoulder pads, removing tape, etc. stops when a coach is addressing the team. Correct your teammates who do not understand this.

Understand the proper way to address your coaches if you feel there is a problem or if you have a suggestion.

Address problems to the people who can solve the problem. Otherwise you just become a complainer.

We included his quote from the movie “Braveheart.” It points out that leadership is much more than a title. This is something we wanted our players to understand as well.

Nobles. Now tell me, what does that mean to be noble? Your title gives you claim to the throne of our country, but men don’t follow titles, they follow courage. Now our people know you. Noble, and common, they respect you. And if you would just lead them to freedom, they’d follow you. And so would I.

-William Wallace

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