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10 Qualities of a GREAT Teammate

10 Qualities of a GREAT Teammate

  • Effort:I always come back to the idea that there are a lot of things you can’t control as an athlete, but your effort is never one of them. The only way to get better is to consistently apply yourself to your fullest ability. 
  • Honesty: All great relationships are built on honesty. As an athlete, there is nothing more frustrating to your teammates and your coaches than not knowing whether you’re telling the truth or not.
  • Humility: Whether you’re the best or worst athlete on any given roster, you’re still part of a TEAM. A team may have a few “stars”, but the success of the team is dependent upon the whole group. Always think of your successes as part of a team effort and be quick to share praise with the rest of your teammates.
  • Responsibility: All of your actions, within and away from the team, are a representation of the organization/team you play for. Take responsibility for your behavior and actions as if you have a younger brother or sister that will model everything you do. You never know who is looking at you for cues on how to behave.
  • Family Atmosphere: It’s more fun to go compete with a group of people you know have your back and will support you through tough times. Everyone makes mistakes; this is inevitable. Support your teammates like family.
  • Resiliency:Every season has its ups and downs. Every team will face adversity. The GREAT teams thrive on adversity, are motivated by it, and use temporary defeats as an opportunity to grow and improve. As an athlete, pride yourself on being resilient. 
  • Leadership:In youth sports, unfortunately, leadership roles are often given to the most talented athletes. The reality is that EVERY athlete on a team can be a leader in some way. Leadership comes in a lot of different forms, not all of which are vocal. If you’re not a captain, you can still be a leader. Lead with your actions. As the saying goes, actions speak louder than words. 
  • Respect: This is simple, but incredibly important. Respect your teammates. Respect your coaches. Respect your facilities. Clean up after yourself. Shake your coach’s hand when you see him/her. Say thank you to teammates. These little gestures go a long way in creating a culture of mutual respect, which is key to long-term success.
  • Optimism: Look for the good in everything your teammates do. Emphasis is a form of reinforcement. Positives give you something to build from and focusing on these will help reinforce positive behaviors/actions in yourself and all of your teammates.
  • Desire to Improve:Simply, never be satisfied with where you’re at. There is always room for improvement, and the harder you work toward improving yourself, the harder your teammates will work to do the same.

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