Being a captain for any sport is a privilege that one must not take for granted.
Every team will vote and choose their captains differently. Sometimes the coach will let the players vote for their captains, sometimes the coaching staff might deliberate and choose the captain themselves, and sometimes there might be a different sort of revolving captain council happening for the team.
No matter how the captain is picked, once a captain their role on the volleyball increases to one of a leader. And because of that responsibilities and roles evolve.
Being the best player on the team doesn't automatically give that player the right to be a captain. Sometimes the best players on a team should not be a captain.
Being a captain goes beyond playing level and into something a little deeper. Captains need to inspire and motivate others to reach a goal that everyone is working hard for.
What A Captain Literally Does
A captain is the person who will stand with the referees and other team before the match and do the coin toss to see which team serves and which team chooses the side of the court they want to start on. That's what everybody gets to see the captain do.
There is also a floor captain, who might be a team captain or might not be. Floor captains are usually players who never leave the court and players who understand the rules of the game and are able to be assertive in their choices. The floor captain will talk to the R1 if there are any questionable calls or plays and will relay the decision back to the coach and teammates before the game continues.
Being A Leader Behind the Scenes
Behind the scenes, behind everyone's eyes, the captain is also the person who helps lead the team. They build the culture, with the coach, that the team wants to continue.
A captain supports the teammates while also pushing them to be their best, to work harder than they think they can work.
A captain pushes herself in the weight room so that people will follow.
A captain addresses any conflicts before a conflict turns into a problem.
A captain cheers for their teammates the loudest.
A captain gives 100