Following on from our blog post last week on teamwork, we share some more helpful tips for coaches when establishing a team at the start if the season. Often a team is a mixed group of new and older team members at the start of a new season, and it can be difficult to promote teamwork in this situation. We take a look at what a healthy team culture looks like to help you instil these values into your players.
WHAT A WINNING TEAM LOOKS LIKE
Here are a few characteristics to look out for in a team that is working together:
- Players are supportive and understanding of each other.
- Players exhibit respect for their coach and fellow teammates.
- Team members show acceptance and encouragement towards fellow players – even when they make mistakes.
- Players are positive and self-motivated.
- Players show an understanding that all team members are important for success.
- Team members don’t allow team-busting behaviours to occur.
- Players take responsibility for their own actions, and hold each other accountable for their role in the team.
- Team members always give of their best and display good sportsmanship.
Once achieved, emphasising the importance of having a positive and collaborative attitude towards fellow team members is vital in maintaining that hard-earned team spirit!