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Whether you're teaching a little league team or getting a group together to play soccer on the weekends, one of the best things about sports is that you can get that great feeling of team spirit. You can leave behind trying to run your own clinic or the divide that many of us experience in school and all be a part of a group with one goal. But, team spirit is not something that you get with every collection of people. It is something that you need to work at no matter what sport you're playing.
One of the ways to build team spirit is to make sure that everyone feels that they are contributing something on a regular basis. In sports, you're always going to have those stars that are scoring the most goals or getting the most points for the team. This is true whether it's a rec league around your hometown or a national team training for the Olympics. But that doesn't mean that everyone won't have their own triumphs along the way.
Create achievable goals. No team is going to have much spirit if they always feel like they are disappointing themselves and those that are watching them. If you're playing for a little league team and you are in the running for the championship that's great. But it's more important to see yourself and your team growing and getting better along the way. If your team is not at the level yet where they are winning games than look at the number of points that you are getting or work on improving one play every game. This will help keep you all motivated and in high spirits.
Always make it still fun. There are many people who are currently working or studying who are training for a career as an athlete. And you might not think that there is any room for fun when you're at this level. But, you should remember that you likely started playing that sport for the fun of it and that it was originally something that you enjoyed. This does not mean that you can't workout just as hard in your practices and do your best in games. It just means that you can also still have a good time if things don't always go according to plan.
Team spirit is really important when you're running a program for children. If you're one of these people than you should remember that it's as important to breed team spirit as it is to teach them the rules of the game.