10 Attributes of a good Team Captain


Most sports, like Basketball, involve more than a single player. Several players combined to form a single group can be considered as a team. When you hear the word team, there has to be someone who will lead them. I am, definitely, not referring to the coach of the team. What I mean is a leader among the player themselves. The player who steps up and demonstrates leadership skills, both on court and off court, is widely considered to be the team captain.

Simple Recall
To better understand this topic, let us try to analyze how Webster described the following terms:

  • Responsibility – a moral obligation or duty; a charge or trust.
  • Team – a group of people participating in a sport together.
  • Captain – the leader of a team, as in sports.

Just by the definitions alone, one can perceive what it means, and how hard it is, to be the team captain. Now, we are ready to look at the different responsibilities of a team captain.

Here the 10 attributes of a good Team Captain:

1. He’s a Team Leader
Once the referees blow their whistle, get on the court. This is the time where the team captain steps up to be the leader of the team. He will try to reinforce the plays that their coach had taught them. One can notice that, in ball games, the team captain often talks to his teammates and directs them what to do. He resembles to be the coach among his teammates. And also, he will be the one leading his teammates on basketball practices. He listens to what his teammates have to say, complements, and respects them.

2. He is an Organizer
A team executes plays as a unit. It means that they should function as one. The team captain usually exerts the effort to organize his troop. To organize means reminding his teammates their respective roles in the team. Members should bear in mind what their functions are. This will allow a spontaneous and harmonious movements, or rotation of players, on the court. It is important to deliver the ball to someone who is in good position to shoot that basket.

3. He enforces positive thinking
Being optimistic means being hopeful of something positive to happen. The team captain loves to motivate his teammates. He gives them hope to go on playing their game no matter what happens. We often hear him say, “We can do this”, or, “this is our game.” He never fails to give a positive outlook among his teammates. Positive thinking enables a player to perform a certain level of functioning he never thought possible to happen.

4. He recognizes his teammates’ skills
The team captain studies his teammates’ skills. He pays recognition on what they are capable of doing. This will give him the opportunity to familiarize their movements, and will try to adjust in order to fit in with the kind of game his teammates do.

5. He utilizes his teammates’ abilities
After discovering his teammates’ potentials, the team captain will try to organize his team wherein they can make use of their varied abilities. Let me give you some examples, if a team member is good with perimeter shooting, the team captain will ensure to pass the ball to that team member. In case of a back-court press, the team captain will ensure that the best ball handler in the court is the one dribbling the ball. These are just few examples on how t utilize the abilities of your teammate if you are the team captain

6. He ensures unselfish ball handling
The team captain understands that the game is not about him. It is all about the entire team effort. He will make sure that the ball will not stick to a single player alone. It must be, intelligently, passed around to a player who is in a better position to shoot the ball. A team should value each member’s capabilities.

7. He steps up when needed
There can be a time when your team cannot be able to sustain playing their game well. At these instances, it is the team captain who steps up. He puts the responsibility of scoring a basket over himself. He is, usually, the most talented player in the team. Aside from offense, he will try to demonstrate impeccable defense to stop the opponents. He serves as a model to his teammates, inspiring them to do what he does.

8. He creates a harmonious working relationship
As a leader of the group, the team captain ensures a harmonious working relationship within the entire team. He will be the one to help resolve issues, and relieve tensions among his teammates who are involved. A team can work as one effectively if they maintain an environment free from individual tensions.

9. He takes time to know his teammates personally
The team captain takes the time to know his teammates, individually, in a personal level. This is a way for him, and his teammates, to establish rapport among them. It is undeniably pleasurable and easy to play with someone you know and trust. Trust is a very important tool to establish in a basketball team. A player can let go of that ball and pass it around if he does not trust his teammate. The team leader can organize outdoor social outings for the team. This is a great way to start socialization among the team.

10. He mentors his teammates
As what I have pointed out, the team captain resembles the team coach. He gives advices, tips, and instructions on how to execute basket skills appropriately. Aside from being a very talented player, the team captain is also the person who is very much familiarized with the sport.

The team captain takes the responsibility to lead his teammates. He acts as the head of the team inside the court. He thinks and acts for the betterment of the whole team, and not for his benefit alone.


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I have been playing Basketball for as long as I can remember and coaching from the age of sixteen. My blog,, has been created to help Basketball lovers from all skill levels to improve their game. I hope that you find my blog both useful and entertaining!


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  2. Eitel,
    I am a team captain for my club basketball team. I have read the articles 10 attributes of a team captain and also the expectations of a team captain. I was wondering if you had any suggestioans on how I could be the first one on the court and also the last for workout sessions. That is because I play basketball in a different part of town and my parents already are struggling getting me there as it is. I am getting there sometimes early but also I am sometimes beraly making it. My other question was if you had any ideas on how I could handle this situation. I am the team captain but I am not the point guard. Our point guard is very selfish sometimes and just takes crazy shots. I believe that he should distribute the ball more and use the other teammates abilities. But the problem is that I dont know how to tell him in a way that he will understand because our coach keeps telling him to shoot the ball and he keeps on encouriging him even if he is missing easy shots while others are open. This wouldn’t mind me that much if he actually put hard work in practice, but he does not. He is rarely at practice and when he is, he always sits out and he is the slowest on the team. We have other point guards but our caoch does not let them play as much. And I can tell that the other teammates are annoyed because they tell me while we are discussing basketball. Can you please reply to this issue, I think that it will help my team a lot.

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  4. Eitel,
    Thanks for putting this on the internet. I have been searching for something like this to show my players what it takes to be a good captain. It is in depth and insightful. Well done and thanks again.

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  6. Captain maroba on

    Hi am siya maroba.the captain of cobra stars f.c from ratanda.i really did enjoyed learning about what it takes to be a good captain on and off the field of play.i obviously lead by example in my team and i am a role model to the younger boys(under 12,15 and 17) of my team as it consist of 3 different divisions. It was a great pleasure learning more about what it takes to be a perfect leader,with all said i would like to thank you for teaching me more info. Regards,siya maroba[5].captain of cobra stars

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