Getting Players To Get Along With Each Other
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"How do you deal with high school girls on the same team that are not getting along? How can you get them to appreciate each other's differences, respect each other and take corrections or suggestions from each other?"
PCA Response By Kelly Cagle, PCA Trainer – Phoenix
In team sports, both male and female, teams that struggle with morale or togetherness have a harder time working together on the field. And if there is tension on and off the field, players and coaches will not enjoy themselves as much as they could.
Still, not enough coaches WORK at creating a positive and unified team culture like they work at the x’s and o’s. If they did, they would see immediate changes, on and off the field. Start by setting, communicating and enforcing expectations for your athletes’ behavior as human beings, and as teammates. Here are a few suggestions:
- Communication is Key: Encourage open and honest communication, including the staff. Communication is a life skill, and it’s our job to help teach our athletes how to listen and talk and how to communicate effectively, verbally and non-verbally.
- Core Values Bind All: Breathe life into the values of your team THROUGHOUT THE YEAR by pointing them out and creating activities around them.
- Team Building Infrastructure: Positive team culture is something you must work at EVERY DAY.
- Rotate buddies often
- Have teammates sit with different people at meals
- Be a team-builder yourself
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