Captain (sports)

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In team sports, a captain is a title given to a 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. In either case, it is a position that indicates honor and respect from one's teammates – recognition as a leader by one's peers.

The longest serving captain of any major professional sport
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 is the Detroit Red Wings
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' Steve Yzerman
Steve Yzerman
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, who led the Red Wings for two decades from 1986 to 2006 in the National Hockey League
National Hockey League
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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
    Martial arts
    Martial arts are extensive systems of codified practices and traditions of combat, practiced for a variety of reasons, including self-defense, competition, physical health and fitness, as well as mental and spiritual development....

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