The best sports teams are made up of players who work together and are willing to make sacrifices. A team with unselfish players who support each other will generally perform better than a group of individuals that doesn't play as a team. This is why, in addition to working on individual skills, it's also important to learn how to play with others.
Here are five tips to help kids be a great team player.
Be a "We Player" Not a "Me Player"
A "me player" is only concerned with the aspects of the game that affect him or her, such as how many points he or she scores. If the player doesn't benefit from something, then he or she is not going to do it. A "we player" understands that he is part of a team, and is committed to helping the team win, regardless of his individual role. If you're unsure of what type of player you are ask yourself this question, "Would I be happier if I played really well and the team lost, or if I didn't play as well but the team still won?" The answer to this question will determine whether you're a "me player or a "we player".
Work Hard and Encourage Others
Not every player on your team will be motivated to work hard, and some of your teammates may need some encouragement to practice and get better. So the next time you go to the gym or the field to work on your game, bring a teammate or two with you. Encourage your teammates to spend time developing their skills. The extra practice will help all of you improve, and working together will help you bond as a team.