With my team picked and the first few practices behind us, I have turned my attention to picking team captains. in my experience, team captain's have been vital to building a successful team. leadership and communication can not always be left to a coach… especially while in game on the field… and having effective captain's can be the difference between a team folding in crunch time under pressure or pulling together, turning the tide and scoring a winning a goal at the end. in my experience as an assistant coach, i've had the luxury of seeing how several different coaches approach the assigning of team captains. the most popular are by player vote, coach pick or some combination of the two. i've seen these different strategies work well or fail depending on the situation. With my first go at this as a head coach i'm trying to take the best of everything i've seen so far and put my own personal spin on it based on books i've read about leadership and nation building. Let me preface this by saying also, that based on my experience as well as the information i've seen on the subject is that there are two very effective ways of governing: democracy and military dictatorship. As Americans, we have seen first hand how well democracy has worked in this country. It is the basis for personal individual success and freedom that we have seen in our nation. On the other hand, other countries have found success and STABILITY using military dictatorships. Obviously, some of these countries under military dictatorships also suffer huge humanitarian atrocities, but they are also extremely effective at getting a large group of people to act in unison towards a common goal. That being said, I will employ a means of determining team captains that take both strategies into consideration. There will be 2 team captains. The first will be elected via vote by players and coaches. Players receive 1 vote while coaches receive 2. We will total the votes and the player with most votes will be elected team captain. The second team captain will be determined by "physical force". We will have a single elimination tournament with all remaining players. 2 opposing players will be stand on opposite ends of a 10 by 10 square coned off. A ball will be rolled into the center the square, at which time players will need to run into the square, grab the ball and try to leave the square with the ball in their possession. Kicking, punching, tripping and hair pulling will not be allowed, but I want to see them "fight" for that ball. I really believe this best of best method will allow for the team captains to be the best of both worlds… one will be able to politically get what he wants done because he is popular and the people's leader. The other will be able to get what he wants done because he is respected physically by the other players.