Teammates Matter

8 Sep

I have just finished reading a great book called Teammates Matter by Alan Williams.  As an avid reader, I am quite fond of this book.  However, this is not just a book in my opinion, it is a message that needs to be preached and taught to our coaching staff and players.

That is exactly what I have done.  My staff is currently reading the book and my team will start to read the book soon.  Reading the book is not enough, I am requiring everyone (Staff and Players) to write two essays: 1. What is the message of the book? 2. What did I learn about myself from the book?  I am so excited about this book and what it is going to bring to our team.

I asked my staff to come up with 5 of the best quotes from the book showing what a true teammate is.  Here are the 5 quotes:

“Teamwork is the ability to have different thoughts about things; it’s the ability to argue stand up and say loud and strong what you feel.  But in the end, it’s also about the ability to adjust to what is the best for the team”.  – Tom Landry – Former Dallas Cowboy Coach

“If you want to know what the head coach is all about, don’t ask the star of the team…. ask the guy that sits at the end of the bench who doesn’t get to play.  He will tell you what he’s really like”. – Tom Konchalski – Founder of HSBI (one of the finest people I know).

” The ultimate measure of a man is not where he stands in moments of comfort and convenience,but where he stands in times of challenge and controversy” – Dr. Martin Luther King

“The Glory of sports is witnessing a team perform as a single unit striving for a common goal and ultimately bringing distinction to the jerseys the players represent.” – Dick Vitale

“Humility is not thinking less of yourself, but thinking of yourself less” – C.S. Lewis

Alan Williams has set the bar high with his book TEAMMATES MATTER.  Now it is our job as coaches to continue to impact the lives of our players.  Teaching them how to be ” a good teammate”. One of the greatest gifts we can give to our players. The total commitment of oneself to something bigger than oneself is the beginning of being a teammate who matters.  “Our job as coaches is to love you.  Your job as players is to love each other” – Joe Ehrmann.

Teammates Matter because they……

Reflect the coach that cares.

Model the expected behavior.

Hold each other accountable.

Understand that the collective goals of the team are more important than individual goals.


One Response to “Teammates Matter”

  1. eurybe08 September 9, 2010 at 5:20 AM #

    Nice Post! I guess from the title itself I have to agree on the fact. Having the right cast and roster does matter.

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