Posts Tagged ‘Teamwork’

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In basketball every team needs teamwork to win championships. One player can’t win by him or herself. They need the team ti help. My coach had a saying that a fist makes a team and the fingers make up the players. You you make  fist, no team can break it apart because of how much chemistry you have. Also being a selfish player will never bring you far in life. You want to share the ball with your teammates. Think of others as yourself, like treat them like a team instead of yourself.

In a samurai movie, the villagers were being attacked by barbarians. They stood together like a fist and built walls to protect themselves and prepared for the worst. They cooperated with each other and the end they fought off the invaders. Even during harvest season, the village, mostly girls worked with each other to pick up all the wheat from the ground. Here is a video of top 10 teamwork plays of 2009.

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First of all, to become a good team player, you need good attitude and sportsmanship. You always want to give positive feedback to your teammates because that will boost your friendship with them. It will make your teammates more comfortable around you and they will be more confident to shoot the next time or dribble up the court. Another way to become a good team player is to have team outings for example going to the movies or hang out at the mall. Finally, you always want to be ready to play a game or practice, so your teammates can be the same level excitement as you.

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In basketball you always want to prepare ahead of time because you don’t know what team you are going to face. Even though you might have played a team previously and won, you still need to prepare in order to have the right mindset. Preparing before a game doesn’t mean a day before, it means that you prepare while you are at practice a week in advance. There are many ways to prepare for your opponent. For example, listening to your coach, knowing all your plays, going hard, and always focusing. Additionally, you should be reviewing all the plays with your teammates daily, so that everyone knows their role come game day. Besides the on court preparation, any athlete should also eat healthy things that will give them energy for the next day. These foods include high protein and carbohydrate contents such as, bananas, eggs, spaghetti, pasta, fruits, and vegetables. By doing all these things before your next game, you will see a difference in your performance in any sport.

Not only you need to prepare for a basketball game, but also you need to prepare before a test. A week before winter break, we had an English test and that we had to prepare for because it was going to be very difficult. Our test was on Tale of Two Cities. Obviously, we had to prepare for this test week before because we needed to read the book and take thorough notes. Each day I would re-read as much as possible, while taking extensive notes, and then going over my notes continuously. This approach to a difficult exam could be applied to any situation in life. In life you need to prepare for many things, for example weeding days, going to college, getting a job, etc. If you prepare many months before you will be more likely to succeed in your endeavors.

 

Working Together

Posted: October 30, 2013 in Uncategorized
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Working together is the key thing for winning a basketball game. Also this relates to something we did in class today.  We had to write a topic that our teacher told us to write. We then switched papers with the person sitting next to us, so that they could proofread it. After we got into groups of 3 or 4, we worked together to find the best paragraph. Additionally, we had to work together in order to fix grammar, spelling mistakes, punctuation, and sentence fragments. We worked as together as a team.

 

“You don’t play against opponents; you play against the game of basketball.” – Bobby Knight

 

This is a famous quote by Bobby Knight. He was a famous college basketball coach for the University of Indiana.  During the 1975-76 seasons, this was the year he lead his team to the outstanding record of 32-0, and also won the NCAA championship that year. To me, this quote symbolizes the idea that basketball isn’t preparing for individual opponents, but rather, it is preparing for the game of basketball itself. Essentially, I see this quote as a motivational factor to athletes telling them that is isn’t about your opponent, it is about the entirety of the sport.

The only way in winning a game is teamwork and helping each other. If one of your teammates is having a bad day, then encourage them and make them feel better. Creating a bond with your teammates doesn’t only come from the court; it also comes from creating a genuine friendship with them off the court and in everyday life.

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         The number one rule in basketball is to have good sportsmanship because that is how our team is evaluated. You don’t want your team to have a bad reputation for example the parents are saying that this team has bad attitude and they have filthy mouths. Sooner or later the team won’t have an audience to cheer them on. A good reputation of your team will not only increase your audience, but also the chemistry of your teammates will increase significantly. One month ago, one of our teammates have been cut of the program because of his horrible sportsmanship. He was the best player on our team and he helped us win our games. We asked the coach “Why?” and he said that he had a bad attitude and a bad sportsmanship, and that is not tolerated in this program.

Good sportsmanship is not only shown in sports, but can also be shown in school. For example the activities and projects that we do in class. Your classmates needs to be courteous to you while he or she is presenting and to be cheerful. No matter how bad the presentation went, your classmates need to be encouraging by saying, “It’s OK, you will do better next time,” There are many ways to be encouraging to your classmates.

Another thing I want to talk to you about sportsmanship is that good sportsmanship and teamwork will lead to winning more championships. All the encouraging by the team, will make your team not want to give up in the last five minutes of the quarter when you are down by five. The team will instead try harder and as I stated in my earlier post, your team will give 110% effort. This quote by Michael Jordan basically summed everything up about winning championships with good teamwork. “Talent wins games, but teamwork and intelligence wins championships.”   Remember, the next time you practice or play a game or when someone presents in front of class, encourage them to make them feel like home, so someone else and can do the same thing for you.