Unlocking the Formula to Team Chemistry

"As a coach, each year I put together a packet for the parents letting them know what I expect from the parents and players. One of my favorite things to include is the definition of "teamwork" from Webster's Dictionary - The cooperative effort between members of a team or group to reach a common goal.

"I explain to everyone the team extends to more than just the players, that it includes the families. When doing team-building exercises, we find activities outside the normal boundaries of the sport. We involve the players and their families.

"A favorite is to go to a corn maze at the beginning of the season. We send all of the players in one direction and all of the parents in another. I find out who are my team leaders, not only for the players, but parents too.

"I ask that all of my parents sit together during the games. Not only do my players notice they have a huge cheering section, but I have been approached by other team managers, parents and players that have commented on our team cohesion."

Special thanks to JJ Pixler with the Hyland Hills Hockey Association (Colorado) for the post.

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