One of the most important aspects of a team is its chemistry. A team could have the most talented roster, but never succeed because their players don’t get along. OR, a team could have an amazing bond with weaker talent and still win a state championship. Everyone can always learn how to be a better teammate, because a team is only as strong as its weakest member.
- CHEER!! No, you are not on a cheerleading team. BUT, cheering on your team is a great way to be a better teammate. Everyone loves getting their ego stroked, so don’t be afraid to let people know when they do a great job.
- SET A GOOD EXAMPLE!! Be on time. Do extra wallball and conditioning. It doesn’t matter who you are or what your role is on the team, everyone can be a leader in some way.
- PITCH IN!! Don’t be that person who never carries the ball bag. There’s no place for grade supremacy on a team. Your age doesn’t matter on the field, so it shouldn’t matter off the field either.
- BE SUPPORTIVE!! Always have each others’ backs. On and OFF the field. Yes, you may have silly squabbles with your teammates over an illegal check someone threw at practice that day, but no one messes with your team. No one.
- RESPECT! As Bruce Lee once said, “Knowledge will give you power, but character respect.”
We are lucky enough to play a sport that involves a team so make sure to show your teammates you care. Always be the teammate you would want to have because long after you stop playing, your teammates will remember more about the person you are than the player you were.