Jessica - Clayton, Georgia
Entered on November 7, 2008
Age Group: Under 18
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This past softball season was the worst. The new coaches didn’t know how anyone played. The new players didn’t know the team. The old players pushed these new teammates away. This brought a new problem I have never faced with such difficulty before; teamwork.

In previous years, we would go on the field with the same routine everyday. We knew what to expect. We were all friends and knew each other’s capabilities. This year it was a different story. We had new girls come in. They didn’t know us or what we were like. We expected them to know what we were doing during every drill. There was no willingness to help these new players learn our drills or even to be nice to make them feel a part of the team. This new team showed no teamwork.

When the new coaches came in, we treated them just like the new players. We expected them to know how we played and what we were like. We didn’t care what they expected out of us. The new drills these coaches showed us, we did with little effort. We did not want to adapt to the new coaches’ way. Even though they are the coaches, they are a part of the team and we did not treat them like that.

With most teams all this chaos would have lasted a week, but with us it was the whole season. We were complete failures. No one got along and no one encouraged or helped one another. We never won a game, which didn’t help. There was no sense of teamwork.

I believe there is no team without teamwork. Teamwork naturally brings everyone together. Teamwork shows a sense of pride and caring for one another. Even if the team has little athletic ability, they will do better than a team that has no teamwork. I have learned this lesson and have truly seen what teamwork is and what it can do for you.