The Value of Teamwork
Football is the ultimate team sport.
This means every member of the team must perform at his best in order for the team to achieve success. In the context of a game, the center snaps the ball for a play to get started. The quarterback has to know his assignment for the offense to make progress with the ball. One bad step by the running back can cause a botched play. A missed assignment on the line is sure to spell disaster for the ball carrier.
Football is therefore an orchestrated team event that requires every member to complete his assignment. One bad play can change the outcome of a game. It is of the utmost importance we perform well as an all-around team on Friday nights.
How do we achieve success on game day? There is much more to the concept of teamwork than the 40 minutes of live football we play on Friday nights. A large portion of the team doesn’t see game action, but these players share an equally important role in helping the team achieve success.
We pride ourselves on having strong scout teams. Teamwork at De La Salle means guys who might be undersized or less athletic than the starters work themselves into the ground preparing their teammates for the real deal. Every member of the team is conscious of the vital role they play in the team’s success, and there is a strong sense of mutual respect in the program. This environment of purpose and dedication to your teammate is crucial to the success of the team.
Teamwork also has implications for the team off the field. Part of belonging to our team is that we watch film in our free time. Additionally, we hold each other to high academic and behavioral standards, because we understand laziness or lack of discipline are sure to carry over to the football field. The basic question a team member asks himself is, “How will this decision affect my team?”
On an ideal team, the idea of dedication to one another transcends everything else. This means senior players help the younger players in the name of bettering the team, and players work hard in practice in the name of bettering the team.
Teamwork is the determining factor in our success.
When we work as a team, we win games. The value of teamwork at De La Salle is that it not only teaches us to be members of a football team, it also teaches us how to work with others. At the end of the day, the scores of a high school football game don’t matter all that much. What does matter is learning how to be a member of a team in the broader sense of the word. The values we learn from De La Salle football are intended to continue on into the real world.
We have a quote posted in our locker room that perfectly encapsulates this idea. Vince Lombardi said, “Individual commitment to a group effort – that is what makes a team work, a company work, a society work, a civilization work.”
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