what makes a good captain/leader ?
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05-25-2010, 11:16 AM
Join Date: Jun 2006
Location: North Shore, MA
Your profile says you're 29. Can I assume that you play in a recreational league and don't have a coach? If so, it's your work off the ice that will be most important.
1. Securing practice ice time and motivating everyone you can to attend.
2. Designating positions and making sure everyone knows their role and responsibilities.
3. Setting line combinations
4. Sending out regular announcements about game times, knowing who will be available to play and how to adjust your lines accordingly.
5. Lastly, devise a fair system of portioning ice time that includes penalty kills (who sits) and end of game situations.
The more prepared you are the easier things will flow and the less blame will be handed around. Maybe some of these things don't apply but the captain of our team is kind of like our soccer mom.
Because the level of responsibility is so high the captain's position is paid -- about half the cost of the season's league fees.
One last thing -- alternate captains. Do you have any on your team? Whether you appoint them or they're elected by the team make sure you get them involved. Learn how to delegate responsibility. It should make your job a lot easier. Good luck!
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