To improve your performance on the field, it’s important to strengthen the bonds off the field. Here are just a few ideas of ways you can bond with your team mates.
Your teammates are important people in your life right now. They share in the celebrations after a winning match and are there to offer words of encouragement after a difficult game. They know exactly what you’re going through because they’re right there with you. They’re an important part of your life and the better you know each other, the better able you are to support each other. Here are five easy ways to bond with your teammates:
- Camp Out
There is no better place to bond than under the night sky. Get your teammates away from technology, away from their homework and away from the stresses of everyday life and create a space for some old school quality bonding. Camping is fun, even if you’re the sort of player who hates camping, it’s hard to deny the charm of spending some time outdoors. The change of scenery, open air and close proximity to nature are guaranteed to see you all having fun.
- Party Time
Life on the field can be pretty stressful. The adrenalin is pumping, you have your eye on the ball and your mind is 100% in the game. It’s exhilarating, exhausting and all-consuming all at the same time. And you’ll be more than ready to blow off steam after the game. A team party could be exactly what the doctor ordered. It’ll give you all a chance to relax together instead of running wild on the court.
- Team Improvement
Since you’re all on the team, it’s safe to assume you all love the team. What better way to bond than improving the team? This doesn’t mean working on your pitching skills or trying out new formations, far from it. This is about taking the time to invest in the little things that matter. The new uniforms, the changing rooms and the bleachers. These things won’t make or break your time, but you’ll all benefit from improving them. Brainstorm ways you can make improvements and then organize fundraisers to save up.
You know what feels amazing? Giving back. Volunteering is a great way to motivate your team. Not only will it provide you all with another shared goal, but it will allow you to spend more time together away from the field. There are many different ways you can volunteer; you’re bound to find something that gets everyone fired up. You could use your sports skills to organize a sports day for kids from a disadvantaged area or spend the day preparing a new habitat at a wildlife reserve. Find a cause you all believe in and then call some charitable organizations to see how you could help.
You don’t need to spend money on extra curricular activities, team bonding can be as simple as a decent chat after each match. Encourage your team to talk through the game, what went well and what could be improved. Doing this regularly will help to open up communication, build confidence and encourage trust between members. It doesn’t have to take long, even just a ten-minute team chat at the end of the game could help to strengthen the bond. That said, there’s no reason why you can’t have the meeting over burgers and shakes at your local diner.