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By Jeanette Lee
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October: Paying It Forward
October 2009
Q. I want to start my own team because I'm often the odd man out due to league handicaps, but I'm worried that I will upset the team I have been on since I started playing. How do I approach my great captain, who has taught me so much, knowing that I will end up playing against him during the season?
Reiko B.; Groton, Conn.

A. The greatest thing you can do when you learn from a "great captain" is to pay it forward. You were so fortunate to be part of a great team - and the fact that you appreciate it says a lot about your character. I think you will do your captain an honor by becoming a great captain yourself, giving credit to him as your mentor. To love is to give, and by creating more teams and getting more people crazy about pool, you are growing the sport, you are giving to the sport. Do not hold on tightly to a team that is limiting people from getting to play as often as they would like. Please, please, go to your captain, tell him he has inspired you to start your own team and that you only hope that you can be as great a captain as he has been to you. Tell him that you hope you can go to him for advice and guidance as you move forward in your pool journey. Good luck!