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					                        TUGGERANONG UNITED JUNIOR FOOTBALL CLUB
                              CAPTAIN DUTIES AND GUIDANCE
                      YOUTH AND JUNIOR TEAMS: U10-U18 OPEN AND GIRLS

APPOINTING CAPTAINS
In all Rooball age groups (U6 – U9), there should not be any captains. In junior teams (U10 – U12), there can be
captains but they should NOT be appointed on a permanent basis. Instead, the captaincy should be shared around
equally with every player throughout the season. Only in U13 and older age groups can captains be appointed on a
permanent basis.

COACHES
Coaches should help captains and vice-captains learn and understand these duties as much as possible. Obviously,
especially for younger players, it is unreasonable to expect them to be able to get everything right straight away,
and you don’t want them to feel pressured by all of this. Being a team captain is an honour and a privilege. It has to
be earned, but it should not be a burden. It is the coach’s job to ensure that their captain/s do their job well but
without it becoming a hindrance to their performance or their enjoyment of the game.


REPRESENT YOUR TEAM AND YOUR CLUB
Make sure all of your teammates help you in your job as captain as much as possible – it’s a team game after all.
Make sure you and all of your teammates represent the team and the club well with how you all behave.

AT TRAINING
At training and at games too, make sure everyone follows the team rules. Never let players get distracted with
silliness when the coach wants you to be serious.
Make sure everyone keeps everything positive. Never let anyone tease, put down or get angry at other people.
Use things like high fives as much as possible, with players and the coach, to encourage and congratulate everyone.

BEFORE THE GAME
Make sure players take things like the warm up and team huddle seriously.
Pay attention to what the coach says and make sure no one forgets the tactics and their jobs.
Get your team to walk out in a straight line to where the referee is waiting at halfway, with you at the front.

COIN TOSS
If you win the coin toss at the beginning of the game, always ask to choose which direction the team wants to go
in. Where is the sun now and where it will be in the second half? You don’t want to play with the sun in your eyes.
Shake hands with the referee then lead your team in a line past every player of the opposition team so they can
shake hands and wish good luck to all of them individually. This is probably a new way to do it, but it’s important.

DURING THE GAME
Make sure everyone keeps talking to each other so no one forgets what they should be doing.
Be the team leader by congratulating players when they do well, motivating those who need it, encouraging those
who need it, and helping those who make mistakes.
Represent the team to the referee. Let them know when they do well and don’t let anyone get angry with them.
Give your armband to the vice-captain if you come off the field and tell them what they need to do. Don’t stop
cheering on the team even if you are off the field.

AT THE END OF THE GAME
Make sure the team always believes fair play, and doesn’t become cocky winners, sore losers, cheaters, or start
treating the opponents or the referee disrespectfully.
Shake hands with the referee and linesmen, as well as every player and coach from the opposition team and
congratulate them all on a good game.
Tell everyone how well they all did at the end of the match – even if you lost.
Make sure the team takes their cool down seriously.

                                                  Prepared by TUJFC Technical Director of Coaching Eugene Lawrenz

				
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