How to become a better teammate

Published on July 4, 2018

Being a good teammate is often overlooked when it comes to the grand scheme of things.

If you want to make a new team or play in college, you will have a really hard time if you are an awful teammate.

People talk, and if word gets around that no one wants to be your teammate, bets are that that new team you want to join wont take you because they don’t want one bad apple to spoil the rest.

Let’s go through a few ways to be the best teammate and leader ever!!

 

  1. Talk positively to your team

Do not YELL at your teammate when they make a mistake. If they keep messing up over and over again, go talk to them to see what’s going on. Maybe you can help them out or maybe they don’t realize what they’re doing is wrong.

 

  1. Learn when to lead and when to follow

There will be times when you need to step up and be a leader on your team, and times when you need to take a step back and take the lead of others.

The most important trait to being a good leader is LISTENING. Listen to what your team needs. If you can deliver what they need then be a leader. Conversely, if you aren’t ready to lead at that particular time, then be a great follower and do what is best for your team.

 

  1. Always lend a giving hand

Don’t be selfish! Soccer is a team sport for a reason. Always be willing to go out of your way to help out a teammate- whether it’s talking to them when they’ve had a bad day, helping them pick up their gear, or welcoming a new girl to the team. BE FRIENDLY!

 

  1. Work hard

The harder you work, the easier the rest of the work gets for everyone else.

Imagine three people trying to push a car. If one person isn’t trying, the other two people are going to have to work extra hard to move the car. But if all three people are pushing, then the car will move more easily and it will take some of the load off.

Your team is your family. Work hard for them and fight for them like you would your own family. The harder you work together as a group, the closer you will be as a team.

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