I had a thought watching a junior game of football recently about the notion of team captains of junior sports teams. Some children are natural leaders so should we as coaches let these children flourish by providing them greater responsibility within the team. Or to keep the more traditional view of rotating the role between all children in the team.
I understand grassroots sport has a high emphasis on enjoyment and sampling all aspects of sport which is vitally important. However development of all athletes is important so therefore maybe its an idea to allow those children that feel naturally comfortable in this role to have the opportunity on a more regular basis to allow them to take control and step up. This method also allows children that don't like having attention drawn to them be happy with just playing the game.
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