Captains give sports team effort

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From left: Football team captains seniors David Jones, Patrick Leyendecker, Cameron Owens and Lorenzo Neal meet with rival Strake Jesuit’s team captains for the coin toss at NRG Stadium Friday, Sept. 4.
From left: Football team captains seniors David Jones, Patrick Leyendecker, Cameron Owens and Lorenzo Neal meet with rival Strake Jesuit’s team captains for the coin toss at NRG Stadium Friday, Sept. 4.

Being chosen as team captain is one of the greatest possible privileges any athlete could ever receive in their sport, but with great privilege always comes great responsibility.

A team captain is someone that the entire team can model themselves after. He is someone who leads his team to victory by setting an everyday example for his teammates to strive to be like. A great team captain is someone that loves the game that they play.

Captains have the special ability to make others follow them through thick and thin towards the ultimate goal of victory. A team captain always maintains a positive attitude. Whether your team is down by 10 or up by 10, the captain will always be positive. You will never hear the captain complain or nag about his sport.

A team captain does not have to be someone who yells and screams constantly. They do not need to have the coolest equipment on the team. They do not even have to be the greatest athlete on the field. The team captain must be someone who walks the walk and grinds his team to success. Being chosen as the team captain means that the team looks up to you. It also means that you are someone to stand behind when the going gets tough. To be a team captain, you need to be a leader and you need to be courageous.

Everyone on the team must respect you, and you must be able to lead them down the path to success. A true captain is the type of person who would bite the head of a crusader off if it meant winning. They are the most cutthroat members of the team with an innate quality to lead their team to glory. Whether it is winning the state championship or losing in the final seconds of the state championship, you are always the one that they look to for answers.

It is their job to keep teammates in the game or to make sure that everyone goes at 110% every day at practice.

“I have to show up to practice early every day, I have to make sure that everyone is getting their stuff done and that no one is goofing off. I also have to make sure that everyone is keeping their grades up and going to class. But most of all, I have to make sure that no one is getting too crazy outside of school events.”

-Junior Riley Lam, Lacrosse Captain

You must be the first one to arrive and the last one to leave, the first one to cheer when you win and the first one to shed a tear when you lose. The position of captain is an emotional roller coaster that only certain individuals can handle. They must always show up and you must always perform at 110%. If you are not giving all you have, no one else will give all that they have.

Whether its going through the fundamentals of your sport or running excruciatingly painful sprints on the field after practice, you always must be leading the way. Although the responsibilities on the field are a huge part of it, they also must be a captain off of the field. They have to make sure everyone is going to practice and you have to make sure that everyone is getting their things done in the classroom. Captains need to be the most committed and hard-working player on the field. They need to be able to stand up when no one else is willing to. They have to put the team above and beyond themselves.

Every team captain means something to the team. Being a team captain is a privilege that must be earned by hard work and demonstrating leadership among your teammates. With all their hard work, the coaches will notice them and soon enough, they could be rewarded with being the team captain. Being a team captain is every player’s dream and once their dream comes true they do not know how to handle this moment because it is so life-changing.

They will feel so accomplished and will have to keep doing what they are doing so the do not lose this honorable and important position. Also, they will be recognized and honored for what they have done for the team by faculty, staff or other students and this will definitely give them a confidence boost but they will also feel pressured. Overall, being a team captain is awesome and it comes with some great incentives.

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Senior at St. Thomas High School. Proud member of the UCAL Basketball league Hall of Fame. Drake enjoys long walks on the beach and poetry.

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