At some point during a high school student athletes career they are faced with drama, negativity, lack of playing time, and or frustration with a coach. This is the reality of participating in a competitive team sport because there are so many personalities working together. At My Recruiting Solutions, our goal is to empower your student athlete, provide the ongoing support they need and keep them motivated to finish a season strong. The fact is you don’t have a lot of control over how the coach wants to run his team, even if you don’t agree. If a teammate isn’t being a good teammate, you don’t have control over their behavior BUT YOU DO HAVE CONTROL OVER YOU.
Student athletes need to learn to have a positive attitude with the challenges they face. This is not an easy task, however by changing their mindset and having a positive attitude, they can increase their satisfaction with the situations they face. I’ve created some tips to be the best teammate, and the BEST YOU, you can be:
- Keep a positive attitude! You know the old saying, the glass is half full.
- Do not get wrapped up in the drama! If you have a teammate who is talking about another teammate negatively on your team, let them know you are not comfortable talking about anyone behind there back unless it’s positive. Talk to them honestly about how you wouldn’t appreciate someone saying something bad about you behind your back. You will earn the respect of your teammates if they know they can count on you to back them up. Nine times out of ten, that student athlete will think twice before speaking negatively about another teammate with you again.
- Learn to communicate with your coach, teammates, and even your mom and dad. If you have something bothering you, approach you the person and speak with them one on one. This is a life long skill you will need in all areas of your life. You may not always get what you want, but the most important lesson is that you are learning to communicate in tough situations.
- You only have control of yourself. So work hard at every practice, tournament, test in school, and every day in your life. Don’t hold anything back. If you put 100% effort in everything you do, you’ll never have to go back and question your performance. You do the best you can even when it means pushing yourself to the limit.
- Make sure you have fun. Some seasons can be rough, so make time to do something fun for yourself to keep you going strong.
By keeping a positive attitude and following our tips you will be a huge success and earn the respect of so many. Believe me, it’s a lot easier said than done. It may not always be easy, but you will be a role model. I have seen student athletes who practice these skills that actually change the entire makeup of their team. It’s contagious! Good luck!