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A captains meeting before a waterpolo match.

In team sports, a captain is a title given to the member of the team. The title is frequently honorary, but in some cases the captain may have significant responsibility for strategy and teamwork while the game is in progress on the field.

The longest serving captain of any major sport is the Detroit Red Wings' Steve Yzerman, who led the Red Wings for two decades from 1986 to 2006 in the National Hockey League.[1] In international sport Allan Border Australia's former Test Cricket Captain, along with Stephen Fleming of New Zealand are considered to be the longest serving captains.

Depending on the sport, team captains may be given the responsibility of interacting with game officials regarding application and interpretation of the rules.

Various sports have differing roles for team captains.

  • In martial arts, the class lead instructor, acting under the direction and authority of the Master or a senior belt, may be called the captain.


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In team sports, a captain is a title given to the member of the team who has to make choices about strategy and teamwork while a game is happening.

This is most important when a game's rules say that the coach of a team cannot tell the players what they should do while a game is being played.

In some sports, team captains may have to talk with game officials about the way the rules are applied.


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