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Student Voices of the Nation: How do you Combine Sportsmanship and the Competitive Drive to Win?

By NFHS on March 18, 2016 blog Print

Grace Louis
Sycamore High School
Cincinnati, Ohio

I can sum up what being a good teammate means to me in three, short, simple words: faith, strength and unity. Faith means having trust in your teammates’ ability to do their role, and also having faith in the goals that the team sets. Strength represents physical strength to have the will to push yourself and make winning plays, and mental strength to have confidence in your role on the team. Unity means being able to communicate, build relationships and work with other people. Faith, strength and unity are the qualities that set the good teammates apart from the decent teammates.

Nick Hadsell
Keller High School
Keller, Texas

Good teammates understand that they are not just individuals, but functional parts of a body. When the running back breaks a school record, they are there to celebrate with him. When the quarterback tears his ACL, they are there to cry with him because that tear hurt the quarterback just as much as it hurt themselves. They never play a down to merely spike up their stats, but are passionately motivated by a love for the teammates fighting next to them. Good teammates play for the name on the front of their jerseys and the teammates that wear them.

Sydney Smith
Tumwater High School
Tumwater, Washington

I believe there are many different attributes that make someone a good teammate. I think to be a good teammate the athlete needs to be a hard worker, have a positive attitude and be 100% committed to their team and coaches. A good teammate should be reliable and dedicated to their team. The athlete also needs to be able to work well with others. They do things that will help benefit the team and they show up to practice or competitions with a good attitude and are ready to work to achieve their goals and the team’s goals.

Wyatt Fly
Churchland High School
Portsmouth, Virginia

To me, it is absolutely necessary to be a good teammate. Your teammates are basically your second family. I play baseball, so I have at least eight other brothers with me on the field that I have to rely on. You have to be able to trust your teammates and they have to be able to trust you. When you don’t act how you’re supposed to on the field, that lets them down and makes them lose respect for you. Another example of being a good teammate would be when they make a mistake. When that happens you have to be there to pick them up and encourage them to forget about it and move on to the next play. However, being a good teammate is just as important off the field, as it is on the field. Teams can build their chemistry by doing activities together outside of their sport. Your teammates should be able to count on you to help them with things other than the game. I love my teammates and trust them and care about them because they are my brothers. Being a good teammate is essential to playing any sport.