Sunday, December 14, 2008

O Captain! My Captain!

When Santa is checking is Naughty/Nice list this year, 8 Ball Express Team Captains are sure to be found on the "Nice" side! For members who are not Captains, now is the time to maybe consider at least a Holiday card this year, if not more for whomever heads up your team. ;)

Captains are people that step up to the plate and organize a team. Their names appear at the top of a roster. Score sheets and notices are sent directly to them and they are the designated point of contact 8 Ball Express uses for a team of 5-8 people. But, 8 Ball Express Captains are also:

  • Team Accountants - making sure all the fees collected, paid and correct

  • Logistics Coordinators - ensuring their team mates are where they are supposed to be when they are supposed to be

  • Primary Scorekeepers and Stat Trackers - correctly filling out all boxes and totals

  • Head Strategists - deciding the nightly team line-up

  • Supply Managers - making sure flyers, patches and membership cards get to their rightful owners, that there is a pen to write with and a coin to flip with
They are the heart of the team and without them the League would simply not work. 8 Ball Express extends to each Captain items to help them with their duties - folders and clipboards, rulebooks, pens, etc, but it's nothing compared to the appreciation they would receive from their players, the people they spend each week with.

How might you thank them? Perhaps in the form of a good ol' fashioned "thank you", a round of their drink of choice or even volunteering to handle the duties for one night. (There is a team out of Matthews Ale House that actually rotates their Captain duties on a weekly basis. Now that is teamwork if I've ever heard of it.)

Because, remember, when the $10,000 checks are cut, the Captain gets an equal portion of the prize, no bigger or smaller. So...have you thanked a Captain today?

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