[BEHIND THE SCENES] How to become a Varsity captain at SPA

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Galen Juliusson

Boys soccer captain Thomas Bagnoli clearing the ball. Photo Submitted by Galen Juliusson

The process of becoming a captain at St. Paul Academy and Summit School is an annual thing. For the captains, it is a simple process but for an outsider one may have no idea of the process. Every sport has at least 1 captain and each captain has to go through the same process required by SPA. 

The process involves filling out a standard form with questions. The questions involve real-life scenarios where they ask about topics such as hazing on the team and how you will lead the team. It also asks standard questions such as why you want to be a captain. Girls Basketball Captain Rashmi M. Raveendran said, “The process was pretty simple because we had to fill out a form with some questions and respond to certain scenarios.” Most captains agree that it is a simple process that seems to combat problems with hazing and unsportsmanlike contact. After filling out the form there are two options, either the coach decides who becomes a captain or the team takes a vote.

“I was excited when I became captain because I wanted to have a positive impact on the team and help try to push the team as far as possible and it was also a position that I knew I wanted to have during my high school soccer career.””

— Peter Wilson

When becoming captain you take on responsibilities that you have to live up to. Boys Soccer captain Peter Wilson said, “I was excited when I became captain because I wanted to have a positive impact on the team and help try to push the team as far as possible and it was also a position that I knew I wanted to have during my high school soccer career.” When you are a captain you have to lead by example and Wilson has done so. 

Being a captain means a lot to players since you get to lead the team and get more respect. Wilson said, “being the captain gave me a new perspective on the team as I was in more of a leadership role than I had been prior”. You get to see the complexity of what it takes to lead a team. Raveendran said, “I think being a captain will shape my experience of connecting with the team because it helps me contribute more to a team I care about”.