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What Makes A Great Teammate? Here Are 12 Qualities

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Not every basketball player has been blessed with great talent, but every player, regardless of ability can be a great teammate. Here are 12 qualities of a great teammate. Do these qualities describe you or your young player?

1) A great teammate gives relentless effort: Remember, your coach should not have to coach effort! You cannot control many things that will happen during your basketball season, but you can control how hard you play. The only way to get better is to give your maximum effort. This not only makes you better, it pushes your teammates to get better as well.

2) A great teammate is unselfish. Put the team first. Your job is to do what it takes to help the team be successful. This isn’t always easy, but great teammates find a way to put the success of the team above their own success.

3) A great teammate is honest: All great teams and relationships are built on honesty. Your coach and teammates need to know that they can trust you during the ups and downs of a season.

4) A great teammate is humble: Basketball is a team sport. You may be the star of your team or you may be a role player, either way, remember that the team comes first. Put your individual accomplishments aside and give praise to your teammates. Teams succeed when no one cares who gets the credit.

Coaches – This is a key point for you to remember as well. Your young players are looking at you to see how you behave. This includes your interactions with players, officials, and other coaches. Be the person you want your players to be. Actions speak louder than words.

Mike Klinzing is Founder and Executive Director of Head Start Basketball (Cleveland, OH). Offering youth basketball camps and basketball skills training for over 20 years, Head Start Basketball uses the game to improve character, develop leadership skills, and promote sportsmanship.

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