Midterm Paper - Team Effectiveness

Unfortunately as the season progressed though the

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Unfortunately, as the season progressed though, the individual egos of some of the players showed more and more . Their dedication to the team took a back seat to breaking records and boosting statistics for recruitment . This led to all kinds of problems on the field, namely selfish playing . People began taking ill-advised shots, forcing passes, and trying to take on four and five players at a time . It took away from the team aspect of the game, and our results began to suffer . Games got closer; we went from winning 12-0 to winning 2-1 because we lost some of the unification that we had built up throughout the season . Our team success became, for some members, irrelevant to their priorities . Collaborative Climate Simply put, our team worked very well together . This is primarily because an incredible trust had developed between all of the players of our team mainly from the respect that we had for each other . Every member of our team was seen as equal . Seniority had no meaning and there was no hazing of any kind . We were honest and open in our dealings with one another and had total faith that each player on the team would do what they were there to do . There was a consistency that all of our teammates possessed so that we knew exactly what to expect from each member . We knew that everyone had both the ability and willingness to perform the tasks that were required of them . From that faith and trust in each other, we were able to rely on one another to cover the slack if one of us got injured or began to falter . This trust in each other made the machine of our team run as efficiently as possible . Standards of Excellence The team as a whole, as well as the individual players, was held to very high standards . There was an enormous pressure to perform from all angles . First and foremost was that no spot on the team was ever concrete . If you were one of the best at the beginning of the season but
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Bourke someone improved enough to surpass you then all of the sudden you were sitting the bench. We were consistently reminded of this, and it was no empty threat . Also, as a team we pressured each other to perform . The competition among players meant that no one was willing to let anyone fall behind . Pressure came from other places outside of the team as well though . We were a heavily favored team throughout the season, which meant people were watching our every move, waiting for us to fail . We had the reputations of Catholic Central Soccer, a well-respected team in the area, and our school to uphold . There was another set of standards that we were held to as well . Not only were we expected to perform, but we were expected to do so as gentlemen . We were supposed to treat every team that we encountered with the utmost respect from the dirtiest to the most pathetic . We had both team and individual scoring caps .
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  • Spring '12
  • TonyRucci
  • Brian Bourke

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