5 Tips to Be a Good Team Player

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 your individual skills, it's also important to learn how to play with others.

Here are five tips to help you be a great team player.

More: The Art of Being a Good Teammate

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 he 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.

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About the Author

Kyle Ohman is the Co-Owner and founder of BasketballHQ.com. Kyle played basketball at Liberty University in Lynchburg, Virginia. He was a thousand point scorer in college, and during his senior year, he was ranked the nineteenth best shooter in the country by Fox Sports. Kyle also played professional basketball in Spain. Most recently, he coached a high school team that played at the national level, and beat the twelfth ranked team in the nation.

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