Build Better Team Chemistry: Provide Teammate Time
The better the experience kids have with all things related to sports, the more they want to keep playing. For many kids, the time before and after games or practices is a big part of the experience and parents can take away from their child’s enjoyment by arriving late or rushing out afterward. The time around these activities should be viewed as part of the total youth sports experience.
In addition, pre and post-game chatter among teammates also helps improve team chemistry and team play. When teammates can relate well with each other outside of a game, they are more likely to work together during a game. Kids who keep to themselves or are less involved may act more independently. Good team play comes from sharing and working together, and good player interactions go a long way to accomplish these goals.
Parents can help facilitate this environment by getting kids to games and practices in plenty of time to prepare and then by not pressuring the kids to hurry afterward. By talking with the other players, parents can reach out to those kids who are not as comfortable talking with teammates. When it comes to building team chemistry, parents often have as big an impact as the coach.
Editor’s Note: Special thanks to Sports Esteem for the above article.