Sunday, March 16, 2008

Team Sport

Luke (my son) is coaching and playing Ultimate Frisbee at North Park University. Each of our children have passionate hobbies/sports/pastimes. North Park University Ultimate Club just finished hosting their first tournament and the North Park men's team won the overall tournament with the women coming in 4th place. 
When I asked him how the men's team responded to their win, he debriefed some of the challenges of coaching a high-level and competitive team. Just because a person makes the team does not guarantee them playing time. As coach, Luke must place his best-playing players in for the longest time. Some newer players object, feeling that if they made the team they "deserve" playing time. As we discussed this issue of team leadership and the dynamics of groups, it boiled down to a discussion about the difference between the team's best interest and individual rights. 
Lights flashed in my brain at times when staff persons "jockeyed" for visible positions, or argued that it was "their turn" at bat (whatever "bat" meant in that group). I'm sure many organizations experience the identical issues of personal achievement and personal success or team/organizational success.
Certainly there must be a balance and leaders must make efforts to reward and benefit those team members who, though less visible, make a major contribution to the health of the larger group. The well-worm phrase It's not about you really applies to healthy groups.


At 6:59 PM , Blogger Lukester said...

bummer that you didn't really grab a photo of me... you got a sweet one from the summer solstice tournament held in eugene, or this last summer of 2007 when Rhino played Furious George. The two players in black are Guth (91) and Aaron Richards, two of our great players.


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