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Re: New Captain Advice
« Reply #15 on: January 19, 2018, 12:03:27 PM »

I took on my first season of 1st XI captaincy last season and I can agree with everything that’s been said before me. It’s tough, on and off the pitch. I’ll try not to repeat too much, but here are some important points:

Delegate: I had just finished uni and had time to spare so I was first in, last out every single Sat and got burned out. Delegate tasks like roller, stumps, sightscreen, discs to others, on a rotation perhaps so it’s fully shared about perhaps by 5 guys one week, 5 the next. It’s SO much more efficient. There’ll likely be ex-captains in your side who know what it’s like and who’ll be happy to lend a hand.

Communication: I was the youngest player in the team so this was important for me. As others have said, treat others the way you’d expect them to treat you. There will be guys you won't always see eye to eye with, but listen to what they have to say, accept you won’t get everything right, and just back your instinct.

Giving Others ‘A Game': I had 6 guys who played most weeks and had a few ringers each week. Age-old debate - do you give people ‘games’ in 1st XI cricket at a decent standard? It was my first year, and not wanting to disappoint those doing me a favour, I did so about 90% of the time. Whilst I don’t think it completely changed certain results, it was tough for me as instead of batting 3/4 and bowling 6+ overs, I’d bowl myself as a last resort and bat 6-7 30% of the time. In hindsight, it wasn't always the right decision - remember you're paying the same as they are. All I’ll say is just go with what you honestly think you should do in the situation, but keep those drifting through the game ‘involved’ as much as you can. At the very least, if you buy them a drink or two in the bar, they won’t mind!

Just Enjoy It: It’s not easy, but you’re playing the game you love with your mates. It’s club cricket - no-one’s expecting Brearley-like decisions or Churchillian speeches. Play it the way you want to, back your decisions, back your teammates and if you get some runs / wickets yourself in a winning cause, there’s no better feeling.
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Re: New Captain Advice
« Reply #16 on: January 19, 2018, 01:42:25 PM »

Don't allow  captaincy to  become a poison chalice.
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Re: New Captain Advice
« Reply #17 on: January 19, 2018, 04:53:04 PM »

Great words of advice guys I'm sure others along with myself have really enjoyed reading all that's been written and shared. Somewhat more sensible than I expected.

I think the delegation advice is key and is something I'll be trying to work on this year.
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Re: New Captain Advice
« Reply #18 on: January 19, 2018, 06:24:57 PM »

in my opinion listen to your team mates. ask them what we need to do . Keep an eye on individual performance to help team performance.

last season our captain keep giving chances to their older members ( older not by age but time playing for club) and few young one who been playing long before i joined club. one of our opened played 6 maiden overs and got out but he keep opening with average around 9. for that reason we lost few matches .

on other hand i batted at 7, 8,9 being a batsman not a bowler i helped with loosing draw by not getting all out playing 15 odd overs.

one occasion our captain was not playing so my team mate promoted me up the order instead of him and i scored my first 50 . still that didnt change my luck in rest of season . frustrated i dropped out for rest of season as i was wasting my time and money .

As a respect i did not say anything to my captain .

 I know this story is mostly based on me but lesson is take a seat and look at your players and promote them if they performing well. 
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Re: New Captain Advice
« Reply #19 on: January 19, 2018, 08:27:24 PM »

Captaincy is a turd sandwich. Avoid it. :D

On the field part is nothing. Getting 11 good players, preparing the food, ground work, and fees/scoring is just a mood killer.

No thank you.
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Re: New Captain Advice
« Reply #20 on: January 19, 2018, 08:35:35 PM »

Captaincy is as good as the players you play with. Choose a bunch of premadonna's and it's a total ball ache. Choose a bunch of kids and you will have no umpires, scorers, people who will look for the ball etc. Choose decent people who understand what it takes to run a sports club and they will understand that everyone needs to play a part.
Choose clubmen, not necessarily the 'best players'. Funnily enough, the clubmen have also paid their subs and have their match fee every week too. The premadonnna's are invariably in debt.
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Re: New Captain Advice
« Reply #21 on: January 19, 2018, 09:38:51 PM »

Captaincy is as good as the players you play with. Choose a bunch of premadonna's and it's a total ball ache. Choose a bunch of kids and you will have no umpires, scores, people who will look for the ball etc. Choose decent people who understand what it takes to run a sports club and they. Will understand that everyone needs to play a part.
Choose clubmen, not necessarily the 'best players'. Funnily enough, the clubmen have also paid their subs and have their match fee every week too. The premadonnna's are invariably in debt.

Amen to that
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Re: New Captain Advice
« Reply #22 on: January 20, 2018, 02:42:53 PM »

Unless you're playing in the first team at a high standard, just try and cultivate a decent atmosphere rather than stressing too much about winning at all costs.

Everyone is paying out of their pocket and giving up their Saturday/Sunday so just make it enjoyable above all else and people will be happy. A kid who bats 10 and only gets one over because his first over went for 11 doesn't care that you won the match but he'll remember standing around in the field all day and will just stay at home playing Xbox next weekend.
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Re: New Captain Advice
« Reply #23 on: January 20, 2018, 07:14:06 PM »

So a lot of people say 1xi or a high level shouldnt ensure all players get a game etc. What counts as a high level ??

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Re: New Captain Advice
« Reply #24 on: January 20, 2018, 07:31:02 PM »

Think at any level you try and cultivate a decent atmosphere and make it fun to play. No matter how good a standard you are playing in, a win at all costs environment is never a healthy environment to be a part of.

Create a healthy, happy environment and the results will follow as long as the team is good enough. Force a win at all costs (No Swearing Please) environment on the side and youll always be fighting for results/support.

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Re: New Captain Advice
« Reply #25 on: January 21, 2018, 12:37:13 AM »

So a lot of people say 1xi or a high level shouldnt ensure all players get a game etc. What counts as a high level ??

If you're getting paid or every week your opponents have guys with cricinfo player profiles in the team, then yeah you can take it seriously.

Everyone else should relax and have a bit of fun. Why pay subs and match fees to get stressed about cricket?
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Re: New Captain Advice
« Reply #26 on: April 25, 2018, 02:43:31 PM »

I captained out 2nd XI 2 years ago after being dropped from the 1sts. It's not something I'd done since school cricket, also  didn't help that I was one of the younger member of the side with no club captaincy experience before, but we ended up winging the league and I ended up leading scorer for the division. But as mentioned earlier ensure you delegate to other members, this takes pressure off yourself and you can mainly concentrate on tactics you want to use for the game. Also try your best to listen and take on board what other players have to say- this doesn't mean you have to agree but as long as there is communication, the other lads will appreciate this too. Lastly, it definitely helps if you take wickets or score runs- effectively leading by example.
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Re: New Captain Advice
« Reply #27 on: April 25, 2018, 03:48:33 PM »

I think most points have been covered. I am reluctant captain meaning no one wants the responsibility outside the ground. However, everyone wants to be a captain on the field.

- Focus on having fun
- Share your responsibilities specially outside the ground
- Give 1-2 players chance to bat up the order or bowl every game so they feel involved. Those are the players who  show up every week, pay their dues and do not complain
- Do not lose sight of your game while being nice to everyone
- Encourage and ask other sharp people around you for advice
- Pass on the captainship after a season if someone is willing
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