So I’ve been doing the captaining thing for Ultimate Frisbee for a long time. Generally speaking, I have great teams. We don’t always win a lot, but we have a lot of fun in the process and I think just about everyone comes away having learned something and with renewed spirit in Ultimate. I always assumed that player’s on other teams where having just as great a time.
This summer I had to take a season off from captaining (too much on my plate already), but I would never give up playing, so I signed up as just a player. I won’t bore you with the details, just a paraphrase of a Simspon’s character… Worst. Captain. Ever. (And no I’m not talking about Janeway. Nerd Humor, sorry.) Now, normally I’d just step in and take over, but like I said, too much on my plate already… and eventually someone did take over which helped to make the tourney very enjoyable.
Yet, this got me to thinking about what it meant to be a captain, what kind of person it takes, what it required, and what one got out of it. I kicked around a lot of notions, but eventually it occurred to me that anyone could be a decent captain if someone would just tell them how. And then I started writing.
So here, at last, is my article detailing that How To Captain.
Go forth, read, and then sign up to captain.