Sports are one way to help children gain the experiences to help them in adulthood and becoming a contributing and valuable team member is a skill that is learned.
- Commitment. Before joining a team discuss with your child the importance of commiting to the team. Discussing with your child that commitment sometimes mean sacrificing time with friends, early morning practices and practicing outside of team practice time. Discuss with your child the length of the season and that commiting means “sticking it out.”
- Practice. Practicing outside of scheduled practice time is important in many teams. Is your child willing to practice in addition to scheduled practices? Great teammates put in extra time to work on new and difficult tricks, memorizing routines and improving.
- Attitude. Great teammates keep a positive attitude even when practices are challenging. Learning to focus on the positive aspects of their team can help children learn how to navigate challenging times with their team.
- Focus on We not Me. Learning the skill of focusing on what is best for the team and not what is best for the individual. This can be challenging for both children and adults as members of a team and asking yourself, “Did I do this to benefit the team?” or “Does this benefit the team or myself?”
Being a great teammate is a learned skill that can benefit children into adulthood. Dance-Twirl Minnesota works with students to develop lifelong skills that lead to success as adults.