How to develop team spirit
The team is not only about training and exercises. True team cohesion depends not only on the place a team occupies in a sports tournament, but how you spend time together plays an important role. It is very important to maintain and strengthen a favorable microclimate in the team, because many coaches know that sports results depend on this.
Football, basketball, handball, volleyball and other sports where a group comes together to achieve a common goal create a unique bond and friendship. A team that trains, plays and celebrates together has a great bond. Of course, this also means losses and sporting failures. However, this is not all that is needed to maintain team spirit! Here are some tips on how to develop and strengthen your team spirit.
Other types of joint activities.
Get your team out of the box and engage in activities unrelated to your sport. This can be a team outing (bar walks do not count), an evening at an amusement park, or watching a movie in a movie theater. Players who are friends outside the field will work better together on the field. Over time, your teammates will get to know each other better and will be able to communicate more effectively on the pitch.
Add good mood and humor to your workouts.
Sport should be positive. Of course, the main goal of team sports is to be successful and athletic. Another attraction is being part of a team with a common goal. But it should be fun. If the sport becomes a routine and does not bring positive emotions, it can become a moral downfall for the whole team. Take a break and enjoy your workout. There is time to work and play, so take some time to play to help players relax and relieve tension. Play beach volleyball after your workout or surprise everyone with ice cream. Joke around and don't be afraid to laugh at yourself.
Reasonable and achievable goals.
If the expectations of some team members are too high, they may feel unsuccessful when they fail to achieve their goals. Set reasonable goals in training or competition. As your team improves (more laps, more wins, and another small increase in stamina), set goals and celebrate those successes together. Together, assess the strengths and weaknesses of your team and define your goals accordingly. Help all players fulfill their dreams and achieve their goals.
Make sure you communicate well with all team members. If half of the team is left unaware of plans and accomplishments, there will be no team spirit. Use various communication channels and create groups for general communication in modern instant messengers. If you're not sure everyone knows what's going on, pick up the phone and call in person.
Create additional internal competitions, trophies and traditions.
It's great if you're part of the winning team and can celebrate the joy of receiving the awards together, but it's also a good idea to celebrate the unique team you are on. Bring trophies to the best athlete, the tidiest locker, the cleanest shoes, or the funniest team member. Come up with your battle cry before entering the field.
We do not do team sports for nothing. Shared skills, goals, and emotional turmoil are all part of working together. Unleash the team spirit and keep it at a high level!