Beyond Athletics

4 Ways to Be Loyal To Your Team Through Thick and Thin

swimmers talk after a race as a way to be loyal to their teammates

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This weekend was the Cubs vs. Sox cross-town rivalry here in Chicago.

Things can get pretty intense between the two fan bases: a sold out ballpark, people pouring in from all over the city, beautiful summer temps, and two teams who have the exact opposite of love for one another.

But rivalries are fun.

The pride displayed from jerseys, hats, t-shirts, and signs. The cheering, the arguing, the yelling. The loyalty. These fans are intensely loyal. And as my Dad Bob Chmiel, former Division I football coach and recruiting great, and a national speaker for NCSA Athletic Recruiting, always says, “There are no degrees of loyalty – you either are, or you aren’t.”

Think about it. So much passion and fulfillment in life come from standing for something, for someone, for a team, or a cause, you believe in. And there are few things better to be known for than for being loyal.

So what are ways to be loyal to your team? By showing up on time? By making smart choices and setting an example? By keeping your head up through thick and thin? By having your teammates back on the field and in the halls at school? Reflect on what you do now, and what you could improve on.

Loyalty builds trust, and where there’s trust, good things tend to follow. Here are 4 ways to be loyal to your team and prove yourself as a valuable teammate and leader.

Speak positively about your team and teammates at all times.

Even if you disagree with the starting line-up, if you’re in a fight with one of your teammates, or if you have a losing record. Always speak with thought, kindness, and confidence when it comes to your team.

If need be, set up a time to constructively sit down with your coach.

Don’t talk behind their back or go to anyone other than the coach first to begin to deal with an issue you’re having on the team.

A positive attitude – especially during tough times – will make you an asset.

Each individual attitude on the team shapes the culture of the team as a whole. Be the positive person and motivator your team looks to, learns from, and emulates, especially when the cards are stacked against you. A positive attitude through the good and bad times will set you apart and show just how mentally tough you can be for the people around you.

Go the extra mile.

There is no better way to show you are all in for your team and teammates then with an all-out work ethic.


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About the author
Laura Chmiel

Laura Chmiel is a marketing coordinator and a lead writer for NCSA Athletic Recruiting. As someone with a passion for athletics and education, she graduated from Indiana university with a B.S. in Elementary Education. After school, she gained first-hand experience helping student-athletes and their families get to college.