Top Ten Ways (For Your Kids) to Be a Great Teammate
- Show up for practice on time, with a good attitude, and ready to work hard.
- Decide at the outset that you love (not just tolerate, but love) every member of your team (athletes, coaches, trainers, and assistants).
- Never shortcut or minimize warm-ups, calisthenics, wind sprints, distant runs, and cool down. These are more than just conditioning. They are part of building cohesiveness and endurance.
- Never whine or complain about the work. It is a sport—it’s supposed to be difficult.
- Don’t get fixated on winning. Focus on doing the fundamentals of your position well in harmony with your fellow team members around you.
- Listen to your body. Respond properly when it’s warning you about injury (make ice, braces, tape, and Ace bandages your friends). Communicate clearly with your trainer.
- Don’t limit your involvement with team members to practice and competition. Think as a team at all times. Include fellow teammates in your social life, family life, and academics.
- Encourage the kids who aren’t as athletic or who have extenuating circumstances that might be distracting them (problems at home, academic problems, injuries).
- Never speak poorly of a fellow teammate or criticize the coaches. If you have a problem with a teammate or coach, deal with that person individually.
- When you win, win humbly. When you lose, hold your head up and never take it out on the coach or teammate.
BONUS: Pray for your fellow teammates. Ask God to use you to bring out the best in them.
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