There's no denying that being a tennis captain involves a lot of work and can be a thankless job. That's the nature of the "business", as most leadership positions whether at work or in sports involve lots of work and are thankless.
That's why I think it's imperative to have a zest for it and a positive attitude. Anything less will only negatively impact the captain/leader outlook, which in turn will be picked up on by the rest of the team.
Of course, it doesn't hurt if you have ulterior motives for serving as a tennis captain. That alone can serve as a powerful motivator to deal with all the work and that comes with being a tennis captain.
I agree that there are some who simply aren't cut out to be a tennis captain or for holding leadership positions. It's not a knock on them. Perhaps it just isn't their "time" to lead right now.
I don't think I'd make a very good tennis captain at the moment because I'm just starting to play tennis again. My tennis skills, knowledge of strategy/tactics are rusty at best. I'm also new to my area (Atlanta), so I'm not very familiar with the in's and outs' of the local tennis league (ALTA) or the national one (USTA) for that matter.
These "weaknessess" outweigh my "strengths" (motivation, positiveness, organization skills).
I think I'd be doing a tennis team a disservice by serving as its captain until I get my game back to speed and familiarize myself with how the tennis leagues "work".
Originally Posted by Cindysphinx
I view it as a chore because it IS a chore.
I am an unpaid volunteer. I put in a lot of hours to captain a team. There is no question that it is work. (One thing that makes the work more difficult is players who have never captained yet think they have all the anwers.)
Nevertheless, I keep doing captaining. Why? In my case, the main reason is so that I know I will be able to play on league tennis team that is run the way I think league tennis teams should be run. Then when I play on teams captained by others, I can be chill about it. I've no need to second-guess my captain, as my whole season is not invested in how they run their team.
The secondary reason is that I cannot be sure us friends could stay together if I stopped captaining. The team might split up, which would deprive all of us of playing opportunities, perhaps.
The final reason is that some folks are not cut out for captaining, but some folks are. I am a pretty organized person and can handle captaining, so I might as well do it since it doesn't take a toll on me the way it does for some other people who do not handle running the show very well.
There's some insight for you, should you ever decide to join a team or try to captain. FWIW, I decided to captain a team as a 2.5 beginner who had never played a tennis match before. Your long layoff does not disqualify you from captaining if you think you can handle it.