Team Captain’s Leadership Manual

Develop your student-athletes into responsible and respected leaders with our Team Captain's Leadership Manual, Team Captain's Culture Manual, and our online Team Captains Network!

The Team Captain's Leadership Manual

Over 50,000 leaders across the world have used the practical Team Captain's Leadership Manual to become more responsible and respected leaders. The Team Captain's Manual includes an easy to follow 10-module leadership development program. Your emerging and established leaders will learn how to become more vocal, hold their teammates accountable, manage team conflict, and set the tone for your program on and off the court/field/track/etc. Get a copy for each of your leaders, discuss the ideas, and you'll develop a strong leadership team.

Top Colleges Across the Country Who Have Used the Captain's Manual to Develop their Leaders: Michigan, Stanford, Arkansas, South Carolina, Florida, Illinois, Pitt, and hundreds of others...


"Jeff Janssen's work with our student-athletes has been tremendous. This book should be required reading for all coaches and team captains." John Beilein, Michigan Men's Basketball Coach

"If you are a team captain or aspire to become one, you absolutely must have this book! It covers everything you need to know to inspire your teammates, overcome team conflict, and lead your team to the top." Leah O'Brien-Amico, 3-time Olympic Softball Gold Medalist

"As an Olympian and college coach for 33 years, I believe leadership is the single greatest factor determining a team's success. Jeff's practical Captain's Manual is outstanding and has had a significant impact on our program." Karen Shelton, Field Hockey Coach, Seven-time National Champions

"I just finished the Captain's Manual (and most of the activities in it) and I am absolutely amazed. It turned out to be easily the best book of its type I've ever read. My relationship with my coaches has never been better, and I have never been more passionate or dedicated to something (leadership) in my life. I am truly inspired to first change my team, and then later in life, change the world." Amanda Waugh, Former Central Michigan Women's Soccer Captain, MAC Champion (See complete letter below.)

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The Team Captain's Culture Manual

Advanced Leadership Training for Your Team Leaders

The next level Team Captain’s Culture Manual provides advanced leadership training for your team leaders. It truly is the next level of leadership training for your captains and the perfect follow up resource to use after your leaders complete the original Team Captain’s Leadership Manual.

The Culture Manual is a comprehensive 10-module Advanced Leadership Development Program designed to help you and your captains develop a Championship Culture in your program. This easy-to-follow, 10-module program provides you with a practical and proven, step-by-step Advanced Leadership Development Program to develop the leaders on your team.

“I’ve been in the business for over 30 years and there are a lot of different programs I’ve seen. What the Janssen Sports Leadership Center does is the best out there. It builds on itself. It is not a one-time seminar. You will see a change in student-athletes in terms of leadership on the field, in the classroom, and everywhere else.”


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Designed specifically for college and high school team leaders and used with the nation's top athletic departments, the Culture Manual is written in an engaging workbook format complete with insightful questions, in-depth evaluations, helpful checklists, enrichment exercises, coach/captain meeting notes, etc. So your leaders can customize all the Championship Culture building concepts to your team and their leadership on a weekly basis. (208 pages, $29.95 for 1-4 copies, $24.95 for 5-9 copies, $19.95 for 10 or more copies)

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Team Captains

The Team Captains is an online leadership development resource and support network for student-athletes. The one of kind site, designed specifically for college and high school captains, contains a wealth of leadership ideas, team building activities, advice from top athletes and coaches on leadership, Captain's FAQs, and much more. Get the latest team building tips and leadership ideas as the site is updated regularly and often throughout the year. Special school and group membership rates are available.

"My leaders love the Team Captains Network website and the regular leadership emails." Cheri Harrer, Baldwin-Wallace Women's Basketball Coach

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The Impact of The Team Captain's Leadership Manual and Team Captains on Amanda Waugh, former Central Michigan women's soccer captain and MAC Champion:

My sophomore year is now done and I just finished the Captain's Manual (and most of the activities in it) and I am absolutely amazed. It turned out to be easily the best book of its type I've ever read.

My relationship with my coaches has never been better, and I have never been more passionate or dedicated to something (leadership) in my life. I am truly inspired to first change my team, and then later in life, change the world. I respect immensely that you are doing just that; changing the world and helping out so many people by sharing your brilliant insight.  

I also joined the Team Captain's Network you have online and the resources on there seem to be ENDLESS. I keep calling my coach thrilled at all these things I am finding and dying to try out on our team.  

I had to jump at the opportunity to let you know how much you have made a difference in me. I now have all the tools I need to be the best captain I can be for my team next fall and I'm hoping that my team will be a better program thanks to you. I will take these lessons with me beyond the soccer field and will probably always communicate better with people in general having read your book.

I had a 3.4 G.P.A. in the fall semester (one of the lowest on my team) but during the spring, as I was reading your book and meeting with my coaches and just striving to BE BETTER in my second semester, I'm proud to let you know that I ended up with a 4.0 after that semester. I was working harder in all areas of my life while reading your book, and will now continue to do so having read it.  

I loved the Teammate Mental Game Assessment. It took me nearly 4 hours to complete but it made me feel like I understood each of my teammates so much better and know how to get through to them effectively now.  

Next fall will be very difficult for me as leadership is going to be CRUCIAL: we have TWELVE freshman coming in (they will make up almost 50% of our team)! It will take a lot of great leadership to make sure they go through the transition smoothly, and that our team chemistry stays strong. I am SOOO glad that I read your book beforehand so that I am better prepared to lead all these newcomers.  

I also really liked the Commitment Contract and am going to do that with my team in our preseason this August. In the past, we have established rules and goals but it is difficult to ensure EVERYONE is committed to them and I think by doing this it will make sure we are all on the same page. Plus, I also agree that it will then make it SO much easier to confront people who stray from it (because I HATE doing that!) I am COMPLETELY an encourager and need to work on my enforcing. I also tend to be a "Teddy Bear". I'm going to aim to care less about popularity and more about respect.  

Know that I am grateful for you and think your book and all your online resources are absolutely unbelievable. THANK YOU SO MUCH!!  


Amanda Waugh

A Changed Captain

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