There are always going to be star players in every team, but if they do not become team players the attitude of the team may reflect negatively against those stars and the team’s performance will falter. Learning how to develop a great team attitude is an individual and collective responsibility for every team member.
Team members require the same goals
For any team coming together, it is the collective challenge of assuming and agreeing the same values and targets which is more important than the overall result. Whether it’s for netball, dodgeball or any other team sport, the players will benefit by agreeing, before a season begins, if they are just out to have fun or whether they’re going to try to challenge for the top places in the league.
Not everyone has to be a winner. What this means is that of course, everyone wants to win every game they play, but at what cost? If the team has to play against ethical and moral personal principles to win a game, they are not going to enjoy themselves even though they may end up with a winner’s medal at the end of the season.
Some teams will understand that it is better to develop a team attitude so that everyone is seeking the same rewards and goals from the competition. When you leave your team sport after a match, you’re still a human being as well as a player and you have to live with the effort and energy that you have instilled into your personal performance.
Everyone has an ego of one sort or another and whether it’s scoring the winning goal or saving at the other end that has become your particular forte, it is how you control these egos within a team that reflects instantly on the overall team attitude and how other competitors see and talk about you, before game has even begun.
All players bring a different experience from their lives into their game and their team attitude. The way you have been brought up, not just in the sporting sense, but in life itself, will reflect upon the way you interact with your teammates. People’s value systems may vary considerably, but as long as they are positive, hopefully, they will guide your team towards better results.
There are many social pressures and all sports people are susceptible to varying degrees of peer pressure. When the superstar in your team expects you to be at least as good as they are, the pressure to perform can be so overwhelming that a failing performance often follows.
A team attitude is built out of agreeing a team goal and responsibility. Where you share the responsibility for winning and losing, you win or lose collectively.
Some coaches will suggest that any punishments handed out to a team are effective as a group and tries to eliminate an individual who is consistently late for practice or matches. Perhaps it is better for the coach to find out why an individual is consistently late or are they just lazy?
A team’s attitude is led from their coach and captain. Natural leaders are preferred, but it is better where the entire team is confident and respectful of their leaders, because in a match situation you can only gather together and play one team game rather than as a muddle of individuals.
A team attitude will always benefit from a reliable and fair treatment of all players and that always includes those who have less talent and are often on the sidelines waiting to join in.
A team’s results may often increase when an individual, who is not a team player, is removed or transferred to another team and instead of relying on one person to win you the game, everyone else must up their level of concentration, skill and enjoyment, which is why you play the game, isn’t it? (Image: Rohan)
Want more tips on team sports and teamwork? Chris Jenkinson writes for Netbusters.