After four years in the job, during which time the UK has been well and truly put back on the world backgammon map, Tim Cross is stepping down as UK Team Captain at the end of this year. It will be a tough act to follow, because Tim has led teams to phenomenal successes during his tenure, but someone must do it!
Are you the right person to lead our national team for the next two years? All current UK team members as well as those who have been selected to represent the UK in past events are welcome to apply, but if you have never been selected to play for the UK on the world backgammon stage don’t let this alone deter you. You may for example see yourself as a non-playing captain, enabling you to motivate other team members without the pressure of having to play yourself. Or you may consider yourself second team material for events which accept more than one team from each country. In this case you may decide to assume a non-playing role for single team events. You must, however, be a reasonably strong player and you must be a current UKBGF member.
As well as leading the UK Team in live World Team events, the new captain will also assume responsibility for online teams and any other team competitions, for example women’s team championships, in which the UK is invited to compete. The captain will have discretion about whether to delegate these additional responsibilities to others.
The role of Captain is a demanding one – it involves selecting squads from the ranks of strong UK players and helping them to function as more than just a collection of individuals. Team-building and motivational skills are high on our list of priorities, along with a familiarity with the UK’s leading players in order to make good selections. You would obviously be expected to travel overseas with your teams to attend national team championships. Currently all team members pay their own travel costs, accommodation expenses and entry fees…but if successful they keep any prize money which the team wins! The costs of registration fees and team shirts are covered by the UKBGF.
You would also need to make the necessary time commitments for online and any other events, unless delegating these responsibilities. The main live event is the World Team Championships which this year took place in April in Montenegro, and which will be held next year in Forges-Les-Eaux, France, from 6th to 12th January 2020.
If you wish to apply to be the next UK Team Captain please email firstname.lastname@example.org by Saturday 15th June expressing your interest and stating why you think you are suited to the role. If you are unsure about applying, please email us first with your questions or concerns and we will try to answer them.
The UKBGF Board will appoint a preliminary selection committee of three individuals who are not applying for the position. This committee may request further information from the candidates and will in due course report to the Board which will make the final decision. We intend to inform the successful applicant, and make an announcement, at the next UKBGF AGM which will be held at 5pm on Friday 30th August – the first day of the 6th UK Open – at Woodland Grange Hotel, Leamington Spa.
The new captain-designate will therefore be in place in good time to select and lead a team to the World Team Championships in France in January 2020.
If you decide to apply, good luck, but remember that after Tim Cross the UK has high expectations!