Teamwork makes the dream work!
Coaches, mentors, and parents alike often preach the importance of teamwork for success. However, it’s not enough to solely say it; we must practice what we preach. Lead by example.
1. Recognize the value that each brings.
All too often in sports, we look at a team analyze each member’s strengths and roles and how they contribute to the team’s success. However, not listed on the team’s roster, or on athletic department websites, are members of the team that are equally vital to a team’s success as the players and coaches—the parents.
2. Establish and maintain an open line of communication.
Communication is key in any relationship. Whether face-to-face or on the phone, it’s important for coaches and parents to be available for conversations, whether it’s just to touch base or to express concerns, provide feedback, etc.
3. Be willing to accept feedback and improve.
Effective feedback has benefits for the giver, the receiver, and the team as a whole. It is effective listening, can motivate the team, can improve performance and allows the team an opportunity to continuously learn and grow.
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