How Should a Volleyball Captain(s) be Selected?

In the Army, Air Force, Navy, or virtually any military organization there are constantly leaders of troops. These generals, lieutenants, and captains are selected by their particular time in the service, their physical stability, and they are required to take a duty test. After all these kinds of tests, there is another process with higher positioned officers discussing if the possible candidates ability to lead. This process can very easily be translated onto the volleyball court when the decision of who should be the team captain(s).

Coaching Elements in Selecting a Volleyball Captain

If the coach alone is the one to make the decision, they may very well take into consideration all the requirements the military evaluate. The coach will look for anyone who has played the game for some time or has been playing for his or her team for a few seasons. The coach will look the player skills on the court ideally, showing physical talent in every aspect of the overall game: hitting, serving, setting, digging, blocking, and so forth. Now there may not be any paper exam of responsibility like the military offers but the coach will discover someone who can lead all the teammates both on and off the court.

The coach will have a good player(s) in mind to become the team captain, but is it the coach’s responsibility? Does the power rest in the selection of the players being a democracy? The point getting, should the team players decide who they want representing their team and guiding them into the battlefield of volleyball competition?

When the coach were to choose someone that the team may not get along with or believes they really should not be the captain, will the team respond to the choice when he or she is attempting to motivate the team or even assist them in a game or at volleyball practice? Being mindful of this, if the players of the team choose who they wish to be their captain they will most likely will react to the leader better than if the coach picked someone the teammates will not respect.

Best Player or Best Leader?

With the power of who becomes captain in the team’s hands, will the election just become a popularity contest? Will the team merely pick the person who is the best hitter assuming that spiking is the most important facet of volleyball?

Will they select the player who has the highest status in school and out of school? Are the teammates educated enough to know what a genuine leader is and exactly what responsibilities in lie in becoming the team captain? Each one of these aspects come into consideration when a player makes a decision on who their particular team captain should be.

Where does the decision lay? Who has the expertise to pick who leads the team? Does the actual coach who hopefully has experience and played the sport, been around a lot of diverse captains or has been the particular captain on a volleyball team decide the team captain? Or should the players who have to listen to the elected captain pick who they want to lead them? For some clubs it is all different in the decision making of the team captain.

The Key Factor: Leadership

Hopefully whatever process is taken the coach or teammates take into consideration all the aspects that the armed services takes when they promote a soldier to a greater rank. The captain will probably be selected by their time with the team, their own physical stability, if they are a responsible individual, but most importantly they have the ability to lead a team to wins.

Personally, I believe two captains should be selected. One by the coach, and the other voted by the team.