Knowing and Accepting Team Roles – Part 2
1. Individual Meetings with Each Player
There are a few ways that you can help to define and clarify your individual players’ roles. One is to meet privately with each player to discuss his or her role. It usually is best to begin the meeting by asking the player about the roles or contributions the player is making presently. Find out how satisfied the player is with his or her present role as they see it as well as any future roles that they would like to play. Either the player sees things the way you do or you need to bring in your perspective as a coach. If a player would like to play a greater role, discuss what you think it will take for the player to have a chance to play the desired role. It may range from extra practice to transferring to another team to a reality check. The key is to have honest and open communication between you and each player.
2. Teammates Clarifying Roles for Each Other
An excellent and effective way of clarifying and appreciating roles is to have your team members define roles for each other. Our team has found this exercise to be quite beneficial. Have your players sit in a circle and describe each player’s role. Ask the team, “What does Jason bring to this team? What do we need from him in order to reach the team goals we have set for ourselves?” If the person is a starter, the players will probably discuss his strengths and help him see his role more clearly. If he is a sub, players will talk about the need for him to push the starters to get better as well as appreciate the “little” things he does.
Editor’s Note: Special thanks to Jeff Janssen and Steve Horan of PositiveSports.net for the above article.
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