There is no I in team.

Definition of team: A team comprises a group of people linked in a common purpose. Teams are especially appropriate for conducting tasks that are high in complexity and have many interdependent subtasks. A group in itself does not necessarily constitute a team. Teams normally have members with complementary skills and generate synergy through a coordinated effort which allows each member to maximize his/her strengths and minimize his/her weaknesses. Team members need to learn how to help one another, help other team members realize their true potential, and create an environment that allows everyone to go beyond their limitations.

With our impending bout I thought it was only apt to blog about the importance of working as a team. A team that train’s together … stays and plays’s together … something like that anyway! Knowing what your fellow team member’s capabilities are should not be taken for granted. Whether it’s down to strength, speed potentially even down to height you can sometimes predict what’s coming next. This was something I struggled with when playing in a mixed scrimmage last weekend. Fluidity of a team is essential and with practice this comes a lot easier. Being a tight unit and working as one makes you stronger and less of a target than one. The phrase “You’re only as strong as your weakest player” has never been more appropriate.

My fears fortunately this weekend didn’t become reality. You know, the one’s where the whistle blows as your on the pivot line and you take down your entire team like dominoes and the opposing jammer makes it round to score maximum point’s for the win (yeah … I hadn’t thought about it much either!!) But once we had got into the swing of things and worked together it was a much easier task. Unfortunately a little too late; as we lost … however if we had communicated from the start I feel this may have given us a stronger foundation and potentially could have helped to win.

With all this being said and the usual team pep talk hindering in between the lines of this blog, effectively I am saying that we all need to put 100% in. You are only as strong as your weakest player, but if that player is willing to put 100% in … well that’s a lot to work with. So S.W.A.T ladies I say to you. Train hard, play harder. Enjoy every minute with your team and make every second count. We can do this together, but not alone. Good luck S.W.A.T  … you’ll make the South West Proud no matter what


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