Every day’s a new day: a captain’s reflection on a losing season

Carson, Fraser and Walsh, Julia 2018, Every day’s a new day: a captain’s reflection on a losing season, Sports, vol. 6, no. 4, pp. 115-115, doi: 10.3390/sports6040115.

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Title Every day’s a new day: a captain’s reflection on a losing season
Author(s) Carson, FraserORCID iD for Carson, Fraser orcid.org/0000-0001-9720-8577
Walsh, Julia
Journal name Sports
Volume number 6
Issue number 4
Start page 115
End page 115
Total pages 1
Publisher MDPI
Place of publication Basel, Switzerland
Publication date 2018-10-10
ISSN 2075-4663
Keyword(s) leadership
elite sport
basketball team
social phenomenological analysis
Summary Being captain of any team is a significant and prestigious position. In elite sport, the captain plays a vital role in both team and organisational leadership. To date there has been minimal research investigating captaincy, and none assessing the impact of regularly losing performances. A captain of a women’s national basketball league team participated in an in-depth, semi-structured interview reflecting on her experience during a losing season. Following Schutz’s (1967) framework, a social phenomenological analysis approach was taken, with seven higher-order themes emerging: being captain; relationship with coaching staff; relationship with teammates; team development; stressors; stress management; and self. Results suggest that while poor results affect all team members, there are increased levels of stress for the captain. The captain is expected to lead by example and avoid external expression of negativity. Further strains are placed on the captain, as they are the conduit between coaching and playing groups. As a result, the captain needs to have good support networks, from a variety of sources, to cope and minimise the impact on personal performance.
Language eng
DOI 10.3390/sports6040115
HERDC Research category C1 Refereed article in a scholarly journal
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