Does anyone know of any good resources for team leaders / captains? I saw a great poster one day that said..."A leader knows the way, goes the way and shows the way." We have some really hardworking kids that know and go the way, but don't necessarily do a great job helping to get the less committed students to go along with them. I haven't really seen any good resources written or created for student athletes that suggest ways or inspire them to be great leaders / captains. Any suggestions.
If not, it would be an interesting project to put together. Any good tips or stories about superior team leaders?
Post by Coach Campbell on Jan 28, 2019 14:54:36 GMT
This is a topic that is fun for me to talk about. As the Athletic Director at my school, I have run a leadership class for our athletes on campus. The great thing about being at a small school is that I can reach each and every athlete. The program isn't designed to only reach those that are team captains, etc, but includes EVERY student-athlete that we have on campus. I work with each individual team and run through the curriculum, which changes each year based upon previous input that is collected from each subsequent year. There is a Fros/Soph curriculum as well as a Junior/Senior curriculum. While both have different topics covered and real life situations addressed, the underlying message is the same:
Each student-athlete has the opportunity to be a leader whether they are a team captain or not!
The program is developed on the premise that there are MANY ways to be a leader. We focus on what being a leader means, looks like, and entails. We also focus on what leadership MEANS.
This is an important part of our program as part of our mission of the school is to develop ethically sound leaders on a global scale.
I meet with each team once a month and then we bring in guest speakers and group leaders to address all of our athletes. Small groups of 15 are also put into what we call 'family groups' and are represented by athletes from different sports across campus.
It's been a terrific program that has not only been meaningful in the development of leaders on campus, but has also created an athletic program as a whole that is tightly bonded and has created a built-in respect amongst athletes across the board.
Post by Coach Campbell on Jul 26, 2019 15:38:29 GMT
The importance of a leadership program during the off-season is to assist in developing the future leaders on the football team. I have been apart of a program that accelerates players into major roles as sophomores on the varsity level. This has been a failing recipe for disaster. Players are promoted into varsity position before they are ready. We do not have a leadership program at the school I coach but this would helpful in producing players that are forced to play into key roles for our team at a young age, due to the lack of numbers on the football team. It will invest time building confidence in the players that are to lead the team in the summer program and into the football season. This will not only benefit the player on the field but also after they graduate from high school. These leadership and character traits developing in the program have the potential to improve the success in college/vocational careers, better employees, spouses, and citizens in the community the individual serves.
The disadvantages of the leadership program is the time and effort the coaches must put into this endeavour in order for it to flourish. It might take years before the benefits of a new leadership program at the school to be established. The coaches need to have the ability to stay strong-minded and determined to see the potential of introducing an off-season leadership program. It will return enormous dividends towards the well-fair and success of the team if the coaching staff come together and execute in the leadership program. Another disadvantage that might be encountered while implementing this program is the ineffective approach the coaches take in developing their football leaders. The coaches have to be able to narrow in on the players leadership strengths and elevate their character traits in the off-season.
The football team will participate in the leadership program in starting in December and continue until the month of May, prior to the start of Spring football. The days of the week that this program will be conducted will be every Wednesday morning during the late start days and on Friday after the Strength and Conditions session. The players will focus on activities and assignments that deal with growth and human development, leadership development, and mental growth.
Winning and losing are not the most important part of our coaching profession. The ability to give back to the community and grow players to become a person of moral character and honor is the ultimate goal for a coach. The expectations for the leadership academy is to create leaders that are respected and productive individuals in society.