There Is No “I” in Team

BY HAYLIE REICH – Staff Writer

On dictionary.com, the definition of team is coming together to achieve a common goal.

A team is formed when a group of individuals have common interests in the same sport. However, there is more to a team than playing a sport together.

A team has to work together to be able to be successful. Working together means that all issues off the field cannot come on to the field.

Being part of a team also entails a commitment to work hard with your teammates. The commitments include: being at practices, showing up to games, cheering for your team, as well as working with people you may not normally get along with.

Any group can call themselves a team. However, not every group can work as one.

As an individual on a team you have to remember there is no “I” in team, which for some, that is the hardest part.

One player cannot play all positions. On a field, one player cannot get to the other end of the field without relying on a teammate to assist them.

Working together can make an individual, as well as the team look better. Each player has their own strengths and weaknesses, and if your weakness gets the best of you, a teammate should always be there to back you up.

Teammates are there to support your weaknesses. For example, if you are beat and your teammate retrieves the ball, they are likely to return the ball to you so that you have the chance to continue your play.

Being a member of a team means that you have to rely on the others around you to help your team succeed.

A team has to work as a unit, one person does not make up a team. A team is often compared to a family, because a team is supposed to stick together and have each other’s back through everything.

Next time you walk on to the field, think about more than yourself. Think about your team as a whole and what you can accomplish together.

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