like to play volleyball and have a good
time, but if you stop to think about it, that usually only
teams that are
well run. Being a team captain in
league is about fielding a competitive team and then
and leading your team to the big victory!
Towards that end, here is a summary of what future team
we get into expectations, there are some key principles that
players (captains included) should try to
- All players in this
up to have fun.
means being treated
equally and feeling like
you are a welcome contributor to your team – being
appreciated for the
and effort you bring and getting to play at an appropriate
a competitive team.
who are not
having fun will eventually
stop playing in BSD, so it is fundamental that we as a
league and you
as a team
captain work to provide everyone a fun experience.
to the details!
Who Should Be a
generally prefers captains who have
played at least the previous season in the same division. Sometimes this rule is waived if
is having difficulty fielding enough captains for a
don’t need to be
the most experienced or
best player to be a successful captain. You can draw
commissioners and other
captains for help during the draft and you can draw upon
their input on lineups and strategy. It
take a while for a new captain to feel completely
aspects of the position on his/her own.
best way to field a competitive team is to draft a
good combination of skills, athleticism and personalities.
How do you do that?
you are new to the
league or new to being a
captain, ask for information on how the player draft is
keep in mind –
we all like to play with
our friends, but it’s seldom fun to play on a team full of
aren’t competitive. Your
objective is to
draft a competitive team. Think about
it. If you
draft a team comprised primarily of your friends, and the
team is not
competitive, your friends will not have a fun experience and
not appreciate your efforts!
goal we recommend
going into the team draft
is to have a ranked list of men and a ranked list of women. That way, when it reaches your
turn in the
draft, you can take the highest ranked man/woman still
available – with
adjustments for skills or personalities to fit in with
others on your
do you know enough
to create the ranked
the player experience information listed for team captains
on the BSD
any player’s experience sounds interesting, call her/him
to get more
details. The more you know,
you can gauge where players rank relative to one another.
important: Pay attention to
the next-lower division! If
you want to be
a winning captain, recognize that sometimes players
get placed too low and it’ll help the league as a whole
(and your team
particular) if you spot that talent for the next season’s
course… go to the
tryouts! We hold these solely
captains to see players demonstrate their skills and
abilities. And don’t just
newer, unknown players – even seasoned players
clinics or start playing more often and it will reflect in
their skills. Tryouts can be
chaotic, you will find it
challenging to mentally keep track of players & your
so be prepared to take a lot of notes.
to think about in evaluating a player:
mobile/quick they are,
execute different skills (passing, hand sets, hitting,
know the game and get into the right defensive positions.
Drafting a team is an intimidating thing for newer
certainly seems challenging even to a lot of repeat captains
seem to win. We won’t name names,
on a competitive team is important to many players, but just
as important is their experience
on the team. Captains set the
team and it’s up to you make their experience a positive one. We recommend a few things below to
your team right away!
them know in which division and on whose team they are on.
the season’s schedules are already posted on the BSD
website, ask them
there or, even better, in your note give them your team’s
(dates & times & court numbers).
them your contact information and ask them for their
and phone) if you don’t already have it from their signup
them to let you know in advance, if possible, any matches
might miss due to schedule conflicts.
most important -- be
enthusiastic and positive, let them know how much
potential you see in
them of the league’s rules and
you cannot make a game, ask someone on your team to act as
- Keep track
your player's schedules - ask them to notify you as soon
as they know
they will be missing a match. If your team will have
fewer than 6
players planning to show up for a match, work ahead of
time to arrange
for a sub. Follow the league's rules regarding
and make sure you coordinate your sub with the opposing
before the match starts. Remember, the opposing
captain has a
right to not approve a sub who's skill level is too far
player he/she is replacing. Don't look for a
when arranging for a sub. Your goal in this
situation is to field
a team and avoid a forfeit - your players should be happy
to be playing
ahead to come up with lineups for the players who will be
sure your lineups allow players a fair opportunity to
contribute to the
do not plan lineups that isolate a person to no effective
play. Why do we say this? Because
there have been complaints about
exactly this type of thing in the past, and you would think
it wouldn’t need to be said explicitly, but yet it still
seems to occur every so often. Every person pays the
of money and deserves a fair share of the plays.
Please keep this
our co-ed league, women in the front row often play as
setters in a 4-2
(4 potential hitters & 2 setters on the court at any
time). This is not a rule by
any measure, but the
height nets make hitting a challenge for players whose
plane of the net on a jump. There
been many exceptional women’s hitters in our league, so
your individual players’ strengths.
do not recommend teams playing a 6-2 format or 5-1 format
opportunities are given to the women in the front row for
hitting. Why do we say this? Because
some teams in the past have played
these formats and bias the sets to the male hitters on the
the front-row women with very little chance to play and
contribute. You would think
this wouldn’t need to be said explicitly, but yet it still
your chance to really make a difference – your leadership
of the team
match can give your team an extra edge!
captains will take the time to not only lead with their
play on the
to also observe their team to get a sense of their
will help you
adjust your lineups to balance players – i.e., put quicker
someone who seems to move slow, or put good passers around
struggling to pass well that night.
timeouts, try to keep a positive focus to your comments
praise is a much more effective motivator than criticism –
getting to that ball! Keep talking everyone, say where you
are on a
your interactions with the referee and with the other
a social league, designed for fun. Do
let your competitiveness get the better of you and keep
remember, only the floor captain or team captain can talk
other players should never initiate a discussion with the
etc. Make sure you tell your
to funnel all such questions through the floor/team
commissioner should always be your primary
point of contact for any questions you may have.
can also consult the BSD League directors
for general questions.
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