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How to Be a Good Teammate
Team sports require great team chemistry to be successful. Without team chemistry, it is difficult for the whole team to buy-in. Many players at the highest level of play come together to play for their team above themselves. Coaches not only want to see how players will perform but also how they’ll get along with other players. If players aren’t willing to buy into team goals and attitudes then they may not see the field. We’ve compiled a list below of how players can be great teammates.
- Pick a teammate up. This can include cheering a teammate up when they’re down or helping them get their equipment when they’ve just gotten off the bases. Teammates can pick up a catcher who needs help getting their gear on or if you’re sitting on the bench that inning you can help the pitcher get their warm-up pitches in.
- Extra help. If a teammate needs to stay after practice or wants to meet up for some extra work it would help you as well as help them get better. For example, if a pitcher wants to throw extra to a catcher.
- Stay positive. You may not realize it, but having a negative attitude can harm your team. After a hit or any error, a pitcher may feel discouraged if they see their teammate hanging their head. Pitchers want confident players behind them. Negative comments or actions can create a divide in the team.
- Cheering. Whether you’re yelling or doing traditional softball cheers, you should always be loud for your teammates. Regardless of if you’re on the field or not, you should cheer for your teammates.
- Work hard. Many players give everything they have to this game and when you work hard you expect and hope that your teammates will too. By cutting corners, being lazy, and not having a present mind during practice, you’re only hurting yourself and your team. Not playing full out all the time could cost your team a win.
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