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Understanding Championship Level Culture

Understanding Championship Level Culture
January 20, 2022 | Andre Harakas | 2 min read

There’s a lot more to building a championship-caliber team than each player’s ability level. In order to become a high-performing team, you must have a lot of collaboration, communication, and mutual respect. Building a Championship Culture is an important part of winning the mental and team game of sport. While getting a championship ring is fantastic, the greatest lasting memories and emotions for a team are the personal bonds formed over the season. The difficulties they overcame together, the triumphs they celebrated, and the sorrows they endured. When everything is said and done, your players will remember not just the amount of victories or championships won, but also the bonds they established with teammates and coaches.

I’ve discovered that the more unified a team is, the more willing your players are to take chances and perform at their best. Because they will be playing for each other rather than for themselves, your team will be able to achieve higher heights. I’ve discovered that teams with a high degree of trust and support inside the group will feel comfortable enough on the field to take chances, and as a consequence, they will play to win rather than worry about making errors. These teams understand that winning entails more than simply putting up a good show. It necessitates each team member’s complete participation. Teams that competed at a high level that I worked with worked hard to create a culture where everyone felt comfortable enough to take risks and fail. They understood that they couldn’t accomplish it alone and that everyone needed to offer their unique skills. When individuals and groups believe in themselves, amazing things may happen.

Teams with championship cultures create shared ideals and expectations. Values are crucial because they drive the decisions and choices you and your athletes make as a group and individually. Whatever you value the most will be the focus of your time, effort, and energy. The following is a list of values that I feel are critical for individual and team success:

  • No Excuses and Accountability
  • Determination/hard work
  • Concentrate on the process rather than the results.
  • Teamwork
  • Self-confidence and teamwork
  • Roles Appreciation
  • Communication that is open and honest
  • Self-respect and competition
  • Take chances and learn from your mistakes.
  • Focus on the Controllables in Leadership
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