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GOMEZ: More captains yields more conflict, greater responsibility

VIVIANA GOMEZ

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After my final dance team performance last Wednesday at the varsity boys basketball game, I decided to reflect upon my two years being on the team.

I have always dreamed of being a dance team captain. Since my freshman year, I knew that I wanted to be on the Roseville High School dance team. The day that the captains were announced, I was not able to attend the meeting. All I remember is receiving a text message from the other captains saying, “Congratulations on being a captain with us!”

My eyes took a second look at my phone because they couldn’t believe what they were seeing. I was so confused about why the group message had four people instead of two. Every past dance team had only two captains, rather than four. To this day, no one knows why the 2016-17 dance team has four captains. Many think that the coaches picked four instead of two because they had trouble picking the best two.

Having four captains has had its pros and cons throughout the season. There have been moments where having four captains has been beneficial, but at the same time the more the people, the more the opinions and conflicts of interest; which has the potential of leading to drama.

One of the many perks of having four captains is being able to split up the tedious process of choreographing a routine, therefore we are not always stressed with so much responsibility. But that doesn’t mean that there aren’t many responsibilities. We constantly strive to be good examples to our other teammates.

As a captain, you are constantly being watched and treated as a role model, therefore you have to be more cautious of your actions and things that you say. Even though having four captains has proved that it’s a good method of increasing team leadership, it has also shown that having two captains probably could’ve been the better decision.

With two captains, meeting up outside of class would be a whole lot easier, simply due to the fact that there are two less schedules to deal with. I personally think that two captains would have been more effective for the team, but understand why four were chosen.

Responsibilities are divided more easily among two dance captains.

Plus, the likelihood of drama reduces with just two captains– which benefits everyone.

All captains have different qualities and ideas that bring an unmatched uniqueness to the team. With an increase of captains, an increase of team leadership followed.

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