Mid Atlantic Pom & Dance Association

Being a Captain

This position can be difficult at times, but you don’t have to do it on your own. Ask your sponsor and/or co-captains for their help and support as needed. There will be days when you feel like it’s too much, but stay positive and you will soon see the reward.

Responsible – take ownership for your team’s successes and failures

Dependable – be on time, meet deadlines, follow through, keep your word

Cooperative – with team members and your sponsor; mediate conflicts

Organized & Prepared – set a goal and know what it takes to accomplish it

Confident – you don’t have to be an expert, but believe in yourself

Enthusiastic – positive energy is contagious; you set the tone

A Motivator – keep your team pumped about the task at hand

A Strong Performer – teach and demo the way you want the team to perform

A Strong Student – be a role model outside of the team too

Decisive – you’re in charge; assert yourself

Detail Oriented– it’s the little things that make the big difference

be willing and able to devote time and energy above all other members!

IN SCHOOL

Always remember that your team represents your school. You should consistently promote school spirit and uphold the school standards.

Set an example of good behavior.

Build a relationship with the school administration. Keep them informed of team events.

Interact with team members and promote a “family feeling” outside of practices and performances.

Control all gossip pertaining to the team.

OUT OF SCHOOL

You are always the captain of your team. You should consistently serve as a good role model and lend a helping hand as needed.

Get involved in community service projects. Invite team members to help out.

Other Captains who may need help. (performance or personal)

Remind the members that their individual actions affect the entire team.

PRACTICE

  • Your goals should be to lead drills and exercises, teach and clean/perfect routines, and maintain fair and strict discipline while enjoying yourself.
  • Stay positive! Your attitude will set the tone for the entire team.
  • Exercise diplomacy by learning how to communicate with team members. Each has a different personality and should be handled accordingly.
  • Let the team help itself. Wait for them to quiet down rather than reprimanding them.
  • Comment on both the positive and negative aspects of practice.
  • Recognize those who have improved in front of the entire team.
  • Praise members who work hard. Let them sit out once and critique.
  • Incorporate warm-up, stretching, technique, teaching, conditioning and cool down.
  • Run practices in a timely manner in order to maintain discipline, attention, and interest.
  • Teach in sets of eight-counts and watch for mistakes – correct immediately.
  • Encourage team input and ideas, when appropriate.
  • WORK AS A TEAM AND HAVE FUN!

PREPARATION

  • Half of your job as captain will take place behind the scenes, yet could be the most important part of what you do.
  • Stay ORGANIZED!
  • Keep an open line of communication with your sponsor/coach.
  • It is important that you work together every step of the way.
  • Keep team members informed of activities, requirements and deadlines.
  • Be sure the music and choreography is suitable for the audience and/or theme.
  • Choreograph within (or slightly above) the limits of your team’s potential.
  • Be sure all moves are safe for team members to perform.
  • Plan practices one-week in advance and go through the schedule with your sponsor/coach.
  • Set team goals - yearly / seasonal / monthly / weekly / daily

PERFORMANCE

  • All you hard work is going to pay off.
  • Motivate the team while maintaining good discipline and togetherness.
  • Lead the performance by whistling, counting, or cueing the team into beginning position.
  • Keep the team together during the games. Make sure they look uniform.
  • Promote school spirit and emphasize HAVING FUN!
  • Make your last comment before a performance a POSITIVE one.