Playing on a sports team is generally considered a privilege, not a right or entitlement. Tryouts address not only sports ability & skills but ideally take the entire person into account: sportsmanship, supportiveness, camaraderie, and other positive elements of good character. So, here are some considerations for after earning a spot on the desired team:
Positivity in all thoughts, all actions (oral expressions & physical actions / re-actions), and good-example setting among one another for the enjoyment of the team as well as playing the sport
All team members need to know the game rules, learn the strategies, and practice the positive-interaction guidelines.
Bring in the actual rulebook which governs the sport, and have it handy (and/or online access) for those odd questions or situations which can and do arise.
Do These Qualities Describe You Or Your Athlete?
Gives Relentless Effort
You can’t control many things during your season, but you can control how hard you play. The only way to get better is to give your maximum effort.
“Sometimes, things may not go your way, but the effort should be there every single night.” – Michael Jordan
Excellent relationships between teammates are an important foundation for the success of any team. Plus a great way to make new friends.
Be Humble and Honest
Great teams and relationships are built on honesty and putting the team first. Do what it takes to help the team be successful. This isn’t always easy, but great teammates find a way to put the team’s success above their own success.
Team First can be adopted as the motto for the team’s activities, which might also bring the team to that position in the league standings competitively!
Show What You Know
Show what you know and take every opportunity to show a teammate (in a positive tone) a movement technique you may know very well that the teammate can perhaps improve on. By reaching out to a teammate, you’ll be likely to gain a friend off the playing field as well.
Respect your teammates and coaches. Look people in the eye and acknowledge when someone is talking to you.
Offer moral support, compliment those good plays, and be consoling on those lousy plays, not critical. Your teammate already knows when they messed up, and any negative/sarcastic comments would only be “piling on” to de-moralize.
Learn First Aid
Learn about First Aid and emergency health care basics. You don’t necessarily have to join the Boy Scouts or Girls Scouts to learn about this knowledge. But it is never too early to become acquainted with what to do to address injuries that might happen–whether this is about you or a teammate. Prompt, correct action has been known to save further injury, or worse. It might even be something to bring up as a topic to your coach, if they don’t–for possible interest in learning more about. If not, there are internet resources for such basic knowledge–that you hope you never have to utilize!