4 Helpful Tips for Being a Better Teammate
Teams are a composition of many different types of people, skills, and personalities. You are all brought together because of a common goal: winning.
While you may not get the most minutes on the field, there are other important roles each teammate must take on in order for the team itself to be successful.
There are small, sometimes seemingly unimportant things you can do each day to bring your team closer to success and make you a better teammate.
Here are several things to keep in mind in order to become an excellent teammate.
1. Sometimes it’s as simple as listening to one another
On the field or off of it, nobody likes to be ignored and everyone wants to be heard.
Be the one who listens. Be the teammate that others can go to when they want to express their joy, sadness, frustrations, or excitement. Being there for one another will benefit the team dynamic.
2. Provide helpful feedback
If a teammate comes to you and asks why you think they aren’t starting or getting as much playing time as they used to, be honest with them.
You can give them this information in a gentle and caring way while also being extremely helpful to them in the long run. If you lie and tell them that you don’t agree with how coach isn’t playing them as much and just tell them how great they are, they won’t get better.
They will appreciate you down the road if you give them helpful feedback now.
3. Be welcoming and inviting to any and all of your teammates
Don’t create cliques within the team. As a team, you want to be one cohesive unit, not a bunch of separate groups.
Don’t be exclusive, but instead try to get everyone involved in any activity the team is engaged in. Your closeness off of the field will help you play better together on it.
Getting to know your teammates’ personalities can positively affect how you work as a squad on the field.
4. Follow team standards and rules
They are there for a reason and are usually tried and true methods towards success. When everyone is following the same guidelines and rules, it means everyone is on the same page.
This shows each player is buying into the belief that they can do something special together on the field and won’t put it in jeopardy by doing something silly.