Build Relationships on the Path to Your Dreams
As a senior player on a team, it is important to build relationships with younger players, to further improve team comradery. I build relationships with the younger players by becoming friends with them, and by helping them make the transition to varsity football.
When I made the transition to varsity before my junior year, it was the mentorship of seniors that helped ameliorate my early nerves.
Building relationships with other players helps improve the overall atmosphere, and leads to a stronger team. Having friends on the team only helps make the rigors of workouts and practice easier. When you know that you are playing with a friend, you know that you can count on that person with it matters most.
As a younger player, nothing is better than to have a few upperclassmen look out for you. The transition into a program like this is a difficult one, and the help and advice of the upperclassmen makes the transition an easier one. Having someone to help you through all workouts and practices really makes a huge difference.
With improved comradery on the team, the team is in a better position. These friendships enable us to push each other more, which makes us a better football team as well. To achieve our goals, we have to be a tight-knit unit, and that all starts with a basic relationship.
Editor's note: Declare a commitment to your dreams
The De La Salle Spartans football team knows achieving dreams takes dedication. At the start of every season, players fill out commitment cards declaring what they will accomplish during the coming months. It’s an approach you, too, can take as a first step to achieving your dream. Get started now by downloading a commitment card, just like the ones the Spartans use. Then, snap a picture of your declaration and share it with your friends – and use the #longlivedreams hashtag – so they can help keep you motivated.
Then catch “When the Game Stands Tall” – in theaters Aug. 22 – for the story behind De La Salle’s trek from perennial sub-.500 performances to undisputable national powerhouse. It’s a journey filled with hard work, dedication – and a commitment to a grand vision.
“Winning is just a by-product of many, many short-range goals that must be accomplished along the way.” – De Le Salle High School football coach Bob Ladouceur