Team Culture Series #2: Being Part of a Team

Ryan Westhafer

In our second TEAM article we are now going to look at what it means to be a part of a team and what you should be contributing as a team member. If you remember from our first article we talked about the team members having common goals, and working together to achieve them. You will see some of the same ideas in this article, enjoy!

What does it mean to be part of a team?

Being part of a team means that:

            1. You share one or many common goals with your other team members and coaches. This could be winning a championship or just being the fastest that you can be.

            2. Your teammates and coaches are there to support and help you. When you are not feeling your best, your teammates and coaches are there to encourage and inspire you to be your best.  This could be in or out of the pool.

            3. You are responsible for following through on your own individual tasks.  You are responsible for coming to practice and working the hardest you can for the whole time, while coaches are responsible for providing the best practices and feedback that they possibly can.

            4. When you fall down, others are there to pick you up.  When you are having trouble completing your task, your teammates and coaches are there to work through it with you to find the best possible solution.

            5. You are part of a FAMILY!

What Should you Contribute?

When working as part of a team there are a few things that you should contribute as a team member:

            1. Be willing to work with all team members.  No matter the age or gender of your teammates, you should be open to helping them be the best that they can be.  Offer your assistance when you see others having a hard time.  If you see a teammate struggling with a skill/drill that you are getting, help them figure it out.

            2. Be respectful and supportive of all your teammates.  You may not be friends with all of your teammates or you may not know them all that well, but you are still responsible for being supportive and respectful.  You are all working towards the same goals and it will be easier to get to those goals if you work together.

            3. Trust and be trusted.  You can’t have a strong team without strong relationships.  And you can’t have strong relationships without trust.  Great team members trust their teammates, and most of all their team members trust them.  Trust is earned through integrity, consistency, honesty, transparency, vulnerability and dependability.

All of these things go for swimmers and coaches included.  WE (FISH Family) are all in this TOGETHER!