25 February 2011
Teammates: the Good the Bad and the Ugly
In sports and in life all together there are all sorts of people who have different outlooks on games or life. I have played softball for fourteen years so I have seen all types. Throughout my athletic career I have noticed three distinctive types of teammates. One type is a negative teammate, another is an indifferent teammate, and lastly is the positive teammate.
First is the negative player. This is the worst player to be around and play with. These players always have a bad attitude about everything. They tend to never see the bright side of anything and even if the team is winning they find something wrong with themselves or someone on the team to criticize. This type of attitude in a teammate is contagious and can cause serious problems to a team. Another characteristic of a negative player is when they do something wrong they immediately think that its someone else’s fault and try to find a scapegoat for their own faults. They are the type of player whenever the coach says something they will either completely not listen or go off and talk say that the coach has no idea what he is doing. These players will give no effort to get better or make the team better, if anything they will make the team worse and bring down the program. Negative players are more common than people would think in athletics. Most people think athletes all want to get better and want to help teammates, this really isn’t the case. It’s best to avoid these types of players and just let them destroy themselves and not the whole team.
Next is the indifferent teammate. This player has neither a good nor bad attitude about the game they are playing. These players just seem to go through the motions about everything. They never set personal goals they want to achieve during the season and don’t really amount to anything. They also just tend to go with the flow if there is ever conflict and...