The role of team culture is often downplayed. People think talent, skill, and athleticism will take teams as far as they want to go, but that is rarely the case. The relationships you have with your teammates and coach plays a huge role in how you train and compete – in team and individual sports.
I’ll give you an example from personal experience. For a long time, the culture of my team was really negative. There were a lot of competing personalities, and different cliques wanted different things out of their soccer experience. There were the people who were there to train hard and compete, being loyal to the program and trusting the coach, and there were the people who actively defied the coach, never put in full effort at practices, and complained on the sidelines. There were also people in between, but they would be constantly pulled in either direction. Eventually, everyone drifted into one camp or the other.
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