T.E.A.M. Together. Everyone. Achieves. More. Being a member of a team is an honor and a privilege. Whether you play a sport or are a member of the work force, you will find yourself playing a role on a team throughout your life. Each role you play on a team may differ, but it’s important to learn your role, buy into that role, and fulfill that role to the best of your ability. If each person who is part of the team can maintain and fulfill their role, the team as a whole will be set up for success.
Teams win and lose together. Winning and losing is part of the game and in a sport where runs are tallied, whoever outscores their opponent will come out on top. It is never a good feeling when your team comes up short. One pitch, hit, or error could decide the outcome of a game. It’s important to note that one of the results above may decide the game, but it didn’t necessarily lose the game. There is a reason why softball games are seven innings, there is a lot that goes on from the second the first batter steps into the box and when the last out is recorded.
Teams pick each other up. The game of softball is full of failure as well as ups and downs. On the down days, patience can be tested and frustration is bound to come out. This is guaranteed to happen in a sport where competitive female athletes step on a field together. It’s easy to point fingers and put the blame on someone else, just as it’s easy to get down on yourself when things aren’t going the way you wanted them to. Teams who can pick each other up and rally together through the highs and lows will be the ones who come out on top.
Teams must always respect the game. It’s important for teams to stay consistent or balanced. Never too high and never too low is the mentality a successful team needs to buy into to succeed. Respecting the game means respecting every single one of your teammates, coaches, opponents, umpires, fans and spectators, and also yourself. Teams who stay humble and give back to the game will go further together than those who only focus on themselves.
Teams are built on trust. Successful teams build trust among one another as well as with their coaching staff. Team members are expected to put in the extra work outside of team practices and games. Trust is developed when every single member of the team is bought in and puts the team before themselves. Every decision and action made by players should have the team’s best interest in mind. Refusing to let the team down should be every athlete’s mentality.
T.E.A.M. Together. Everyone. Achieves. More. Being a member of a team is an honor and a privilege. Keep in mind, that privilege can be lost at any moment and it should never be taken for granted. If an athlete can fully buy into her role on the team, give it her all, and perfect that role, she will contribute to the success of the team. Teams win and lose together. A loss should never fall on the shoulders of a single individual. No one on a team should ever feel alienated or alone. Team members should always feel a sense of unity and step onto the field every day ready to compete as one. Being part of a team is special, and it’s an experience that you will remember, cherish, and carry with you for the rest of your life.