Monday, May 24, 2010

The hallmark of a great captain is the ability to win the toss, at the right

The main job is to be the team leader of the team on the day/week of the event

Team representative: Represent the team in all official matters, including the appeals

Team leadership: No cheerleader but instill confidence in all players by maintaining positive attitude throughout the tournament.

Work with team and players to set performance target.

"If the highest aim of a captain were to preserve his ship, he would keep it in port forever". So a captain must be prepared for a losing day and support team in refocus if poor initial performance. Consistent atttitude whether things are good or bad


Ensure best conditions for tournament (appropriate accomodation, foodstuff, getting early, plenty of rest...)

Ensure apppropriate pre-game and post-game routines.

Game plan:

General sitting strategy, based on knowledge of competitors and players, supported by coach pre and during tournament.

Keep track of performance on the day. Decides who plays when and against whom.

Makes clear decisions and equally important is clear communication of the overall plan to players.

Event report:

Keep track of team performance and report on performance of the team, including thoughts/feedback from players, lessons learnt...

A winning team is a team where all have the ability, and all know it. They support each other , pick each other up, and they never never quit.


  1. I don't always have a worthwhile comment, but I'm enjoying (the uniqueness of) your blog.

    Bridge players talk to others, read, study, etc. to improve their bidding and play. They don't "think outside the box," however, to discover other aspects of the game.

  2. you've captured most of the key aspects.
    i would add to the list something that ish did for us in the pabf : peruse the opponents' convention cards before the event starts, highlighting unique arrangements for a quick look before the game starts.

    It is a powerful statement when you show up to the table, prepared for the opponents, dont even glance at their convention card, and soak up all the information they throw at you with their count, their suit preference or whatever else.

  3. Many many stars to Ish for doing that. Very professional!! The difference between men and children. , the children believe in magic, the men believe in hard work:)
    I have listed that prepration work as an important part of the coach's job. Of course, in the absence of such, the players & captain need to pick up the slack.

  4. Bob MacKinnon explores some of the psychological aspects of bridge that you may be interested in. You can read his latest, if you click here.

  5. Hey thanks for the tip. Quite a good read.
    Me I have been a bit too busy recently to keep up with the rest of your fellow bloggers :)