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What It Takes to Be a Captain

Mackenzie Lowden, Reporter

Most people who play sports for schools, travel teams, rec leagues, etc, would do anything to be a team captain. But what it takes to actually be one..from two coaches perspectives, here is a closer look.

Mr. Cundiff is a varsity coach for the Norwalk High School volleyball team and one of the varsity coaches of the NHS softball team. He explained, “For me as a coach, I look for someone who has the respect for their teammates. It’s not necessarily the best player on the team but the ones their teammates respect.” c

Coach Cundiff does not only look for the respect of others, but their attitude. “Well, I really want someone that’s going to reflect positively on the program and on the high school.” Cundiff says his captains are also his source of communication on and off the court and/or field. When it comes to voting, he let’s his whole team vote however he “reserves the right to make changes.”

Mr. Seaburg is the head varsity field hockey coach for NHS. He takes his final decision of choosing his captain’s very seriously and fortunately his players make it very hard. “You have captains and you have leaders.”

“I look for leadership, passion, the ability to communicate, the ability to listen, the ability to organize, and setting to tone.”

Coach Seaburg’s top expectation of his captains are “to act the part and to live up to their expectations.” He said, “my captains this year are far exceeding those expectations.”

There you have it. From two coaches perspectives, being a captain really comes down to everything.

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