Leadership of Team Captains Shows Strongly at BHS

 Senior Logan Aitken in a game last year against Castilleja High School.

Senior Logan Aitken in a game last year against Castilleja High School.

For every sport, being team captain means something different. For some, they are the representatives of their team and serve as the communication between coaches and referees. For others, the captain’s role is more of a coach, stepping in to lead by example and help their team with warm-ups and drills.

Senior Gray Goodman is co-captain of the boys varsity basketball team this year. Goodman, along with senior Jack Baker, was chosen by the coach to be captain. A large majority of captains at BHS are seniors because most seniors have three years of experience prior to their senior season.

“Since I am one of the few returners from last year, I have and exude a sense of leadership that not many people on the team have,” Goodman said.

Goodman’s role as a captain is one that looks to lead, support, and rally the rest of the team at practices and games.

“I represent the team during meetings before the game and provide leadership during important moments for our team,” Goodman said.

These important moments have become especially important this season for boys varsity basketball. Even in a down year, the team continues to push to win their Wednesday and Friday games.

Senior Logan Aitken is one of the girls varsity lacrosse team captains. Aitken stepped up as a leader in the preseason and was able to get a head start on her season.

“I wanted to start conditioning as soon as we were allowed to so we could get ready and be in the best possible shape for our upcoming season,” Aitken said. “We didn’t know who our coach was going to be but I was allowed to run conditioning.”

She organized a group of returning players and interested new players and started meeting with them four days a week to start running and drills.

“I felt that it was important to get our team together so we could start bonding early in order to have a successful season,” Aitken said.

Aitken was chosen by her coach, Chris Chirico, to be captain. In a captain, Chirico looked for “someone who is responsible, hardworking, encouraging, and has humility.”

Junior Gabe Hyman, captain of the boys varsity soccer team, was chosen by his players in a voting process.

“Everyone nominates someone who they think should be captain, and then they do a second vote with the nominees,” Hyman said. “And then they do a final vote with the last two players.”

Hyman was voted to be “players’ captain,” and was chosen by the team and not the coach because his role is to represent the players.

“I’m the player’s delegate to both the coaches and the referees on the field. In theory I’m supposed to be more the players’ delegate than Brice Redmond is. Brice is supposed to do more with the coach, but we really do the same thing,” Hyman said.

Redmond was chosen by his coach to be captain. The purpose of having captains chosen by both the coach and the players is to create a sense of balance and equality between the team and their coach.

“Our coach wants the players to have a say in who represents them,” Hyman said.

Many captains at the end of the year will “pass on” the team to the likely future captains in their Senior Wills. These wills will be featured in the last Burlingame B issue of the year, so stay tuned for the passing on of teams to the future seniors.

Posted on February 25, 2017 .