8 Ways to Become a Better Teammate

Basketball great Kareem Abdul-Jabbar once said “One man can be a crucial ingredient to a team, but one man cannot make a team.” It’s important to take heed to his words. Teams are most successful when they join together to become more than a collection of individuals, but a unified group of athletes seeking one purpose: team success.

There are plenty of examples in the sports world of both good and bad teammates. The bad ones usually have some combination of laziness, selfishness, arrogance, and apathy. What exactly embodies a good teammate? What are the qualities and traits that make an athlete someone that their teammates not only enjoy being around, but also contribute to the success of the team? Here are 8 things you can do:

1)   LISTEN WELL: Be coachable, take constructive criticism from teammates

2)   BE ACCOUNTABLE: Admit mistakes and improve, take responsibility, never throw teammates under the bus

3)   HAVE A GOOD ATTITUDE: Focus on continually improving, have a positive outlook on the team and the season

4)   COMPLIMENT TEAMMATES: Makes a big deal out of the good play of teammates/make a small deal out of their mistakes

5)   BE FAMILY: Treat teammates like family on and off the court, be quick to forgive and love unconditionally

6)   WORK HARD: Be better today than you were yesterday, go the extra mile at practice

 7)   SHARE IN THE VISION: Unify personal goals with team goals, help teammates buy in to team goals and vision

 8)   SACRIFICE: Give up personal glory for team success, serve your teammates with humility