1. Common Goal
Championship teams have a singular, common goal, for many teams the common goal is to win the conference championship. This is the team’s primary goal and all other goals revolve around it. The goal is firmly embraced by all the members of the team and coaching staff. Everyone understands that this is the direction and destination that the team is moving toward. The players understand that their individual goals must fit within the framework of the team’s goal.
While some seasons may start with the entire team focused on a common goal, rarely do they end up that way. Commitment is probably the single most important factor that differentiates championship teams from mediocre.
Championship teams buy into the mission and make the mission their own. The coaches and players pay their dues because they want to, not because they have to. The players have a clear understanding of how their individual choices and decisions influence the collective psyche and success of the team. There is a true sense that if a player is slacking off, she is not just hurting herself but her entire team.
3. Complementary Roles
Championship teams are comprised of individuals who willingly take pride in playing a variety of roles. These roles when played in concert and harmony lead to team success.
Players need to understand that their role is important, even if a may be a complementary one. Championship teams realize that all roles are critical to the overall team’s success and willingly accept and value their individual role.
4. Clear Communication
The fourth characteristic of championship teams is clear communication. Successful teams communicate successfully both on and off the court. The on the court communication helps them perform more efficiently and effectively. Players must communicate plays, screens, outlets and switches to perform successfully. Off the court, players need to continually monitor the team’s effectiveness, modify things when necessary, and celebrate success.
5. Constructive Conflict
Along with effective communication, championship teams have the ability to keep conflict under control. Often, coaches and players are able to use conflict constructively to further develop and strengthen the team. It is not that championship teams never experience conflict, because that is impossible. Instead they are able to handle the conflict they experience and do not let it interfere with the team’s goal.
A sixth characteristic shared by many championship teams is that they genuinely like and respect each other. The players like to spend time with each other outside of scheduled practice and game times. They find reasons to stay together like going to the movies, studying, hanging out, etc. This is not to say that every single player is a part of the group, but that a majority of the players tend to socialize together. While it is not absolutely necessary, cohesion is a factor that will often help your team perform at a higher level.
(By: Jeff Janssen, M.S.)
Team Chemistry Goals (Building Positive Team Chemistry)
Always acknowledge (point to) your teammate who assisted you after you scored.
Always sprint to help a teammate off of the floor.
The bench must stand and clap as their teammates come off of the floor regardless of whether it is a substitution or time-out.
When being substituted for, “touch base” with your replacement, and then run off of the court.
Always huddle on dead balls (foul-outs, free throws, etc.).
Run to the bench for time-outs.
Control your emotions on the court. No negative actions directed at your teammates or officials.
Pick-up and encourage your teammates if they have missed a shot or made a turnover.
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