An athlete has got to be in the right frame of mind to win and to influence teammates.
Positivity is the key to good sportsmanship and teammates could benefit from the mood created by being optimistic.
Rafael Galdamez, 21, in the fitness and health program at Humber College, doesn’t agree this is always the case.
“Not everyone you play against is going to have the attitude,” said Galdamez.
Galdamez is not one to bring his personal problems out on the court.
“Some people just like to get into your head and mess with you,” he said.
A bad attitude can affect a game in many ways. It can bring down a player’s level of performance, because they are no longer focused due to having too many emotions running through their mind.
“If a single person has a bad attitude it affects the whole team because now the whole team is going to be negative or not want to play with this person who has the a bad attitude,” said Galdamez.
Often with personal problems, a player can be going through a hard time.
“We usually give a teammate who’re struggling time to let him figure it out on his own,” said Galdamez.
When a player is struggling, that’s when they need their teammates to have their backs.
“Always let the player know that you are there when they are ready to talk,” he said.
As a player and teammate, you are required to be there for your fellow teammates while they are having a rough patch, how you would comfort them.
“I would let them know that I am here for them and willing to do what I can to help, but would also remind them that being on the court and off requires different types of focus, so try to separate the playing from the situation,” Michael Majcen said.
“I’ve had coached that were focused on winning more than anything else and were encouraged to do whatever it took within the rules or without getting caught,” said Majcen.
Often with sports, players can be going through tough times and can bring their issues out of the court.
“It can act as a distraction and change the amount of stimulus needed to perform at your best, but there are also times where personal problems can be a fuel for an athlete rage or other tools they use to play hard and or better,” said Majcen.
Pedro Tula, a coach of a women’s soccer team in Etobicoke, said time and space is often all there is to know about how to be a good teammate to those through tough times.
“I tend to give players space, let them sit out a game if that is what they want,” he said.
“Players often tend to being their personal issues out during a game and don’t play with their best,” said Tula.