What Makes A Great Teammate? Here Are 12 Qualities


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Liz Verney Kelsey

Written by Mike Klintzing, Published by Positive Coaching Alliance

Noteverybasketballplayerhasbeenblessedwithgreattalent,buteveryplayer,regardlessofabilitycanbeagreat teammate. Hereare12qualitiesofagreatteammate.Dothesequalitiesdescribeyouoryouryoungplayer?

1)       A great teammate gives relentless effort: Remember, your coach should not have to coach effort! You cannot controlmanythingsthatwillhappenduringyourbasketballseason,butyoucancontrolhowhardyouplay.The onlywaytogetbetteristogiveyourmaximumeffort.Thisnotonlymakesyoubetter,itpushesyourteammatesto getbetteraswell.

2)       Agreatteammateisunselfish.Puttheteamfirst.Yourjobistodowhatittakestohelptheteambesuccessful. Thisisn’talwayseasy,butgreatteammatesfindawaytoputthesuccessoftheteamabovetheirownsuccess.

3)       Agreatteammateishonest:Allgreatteamsandrelationshipsarebuiltonhonesty.Yourcoachandteammates needtoknowthattheycantrustyouduringtheupsanddownsofaseason.

4)       Agreatteammateishumble:Basketballisateamsport.Youmaybethestarofyourteamoryoumaybearole player,eitherway,rememberthattheteamcomesfirst.Putyourindividualaccomplishmentsasideandgivepraise toyourteammates.Teamssucceedwhennoonecareswhogetsthecredit.

5)       Agreatteammateholdsthemselvesandtheirteammatesaccountable:Youshouldhavehighstandardsforyourself andyourteammates.Ifateammateisnotfulfillingdutytotheteamyoucan’tbeafraidtoconfrontthemandget thembackontrack.Youmightneedtohelpthembuyintoaparticularstrategyorhelpthemaccepttheirroleon theteam.Don’tacceptanegativeattitudefromteammates,betheplayerthatreachesouttothemtohelpyour teamasawhole.

6)       Agreatteammatestrivestoimprove:Youcanalwaysbeabetterplayertomorrowthanyouaretoday.Workto improveyourgameandyouwillliftyourteammates.Stayandworkafterpracticeandseehowmanyteammates starttojoinyou.

7)       Agreatteammateisoptimistic:Don’tbeaplayerconstantlycomplainingtoothersaboutwhat’swrong.Lookfor thepositivesinyourteammatesandcoaches.

8)       Agreatteammatehasrespectforothers:Respectyourteammates.Respectyourcoaches.Respectyourfamily, Respect your teachers. Respect your facilities. Respect your school. Look people in the eye. Nod and acknowledgeyourcoachwhentheyareaddressingyou.Cleanupafteryourself.Bepolite.Encourageandcheer onyourteammates.Helpcreateacultureofmutualrespect.

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9)          Agreatteammateisaleader:Youdon’thavetobethebestplayeronyourteamtobealeader.Youdon’t evenneedtobeavocalleader.Everyplayercanleadbytheiractions.Iswhatyoudoonadailybasismaking yourteambetter?Challengeyourteammatesduringdrills.You’llimproveandsowillthey.Bringenergyto everypractice. Don’ttalkbadaboutteammatesorcoachesoutsidetheteamenvironment. Theseareallways youcanleadyourteammatestowardssuccess.

10)      Agreatteammateisresilient:Helpyourteamusetemporarysetbacksorlossesasanopportunitytogrowand improve.Don’tmakeexcuses,lookforsolutions.Asamentallytoughbasketballplayer,prideyourselfonbeing resilient.Yourabilitytobouncebackwillbeinfectiousandhelpmakeyourentireteammoreresilient.Inany situation,oneplayer’spositiveoutlookcanmakeadifference. Trytobethatplayer.

11)      Agreatteammatehelpsfosterafamilyatmosphere:Supportyourteammateslikefamily.Yourseasonisgoing tohavehighsandlows,soareyourteammates.Teamsthatbuildcloserelationshipsareusuallytheteams havingthemostfunandhavingthemostsuccess.

12)        Agreatteammatetakesresponsibility:Allofyouractions,withinandawayfromtheteam,area representationofyourteam,yourschoolororganization,andyourfamily.Takeresponsibilityforyourbehavior andactionsatalltimes.Conductyourselfinsuchawaythatyourparents,coaches,andteacherswouldbe proudofyou.Youneverknowwhoislookingatyouforcuesonhowtobehave.

Coaches–Thisisakeypointforyoutorememberaswell.Youryoungplayersarelookingatyoutoseehowyou behave.Thisincludesyourinteractionswithplayers,officials,andothercoaches.Bethepersonyouwantyour playerstobe. Actionsspeaklouderthanwords.

This is a Positive Coaching Alliance article. For more resources go to: http://devzone.positivecoach.org/

Mike Klinzing is Founder and Executive Director of Head Start Basketball (Cleveland, OH). Offering youth basketball camps and basketball skills training for over 20 years, Head Start Basketball uses the game to improve character, develop leadership skills, and promote sportsmanship.

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