The team always comes first.
There is something special about being part of a team. Teams have the ability to do special things once the individuals learn their roles and put the goals of the team at the forefront. By putting your team first, you agree to the following:
- You will positively support the athletes on the floor, even when you believe you could perform at a higher level than they are exhibiting.
- You will learn your role on the team and execute it to the best of your ability (some roles include limited, if any, playing time – it’s how these players deal with this role that can make or break a team). Everyone’s role is important.
- When you’ve had a poor training / match, but our team is successful, you will relish the fact that our team played well – not dwell on the fact that you did not.
- You will NEVER engage in talking about your teammates in a negative manner. This is unacceptable behaviour and is not a personality trait we will tolerate on any team.
o THIS INCLUDES SOCIAL MEDIA. Electronic communication (text, Facebook, Twitter, etc…) should be positive and should never negatively reflect on other teammates or coaching staff. If it is not positive – don’t post it.
- Your behaviour both on and off the court should represent what it means to be a part of the Bermuda National Team Program.
Our team will be successful and never outworked.
Success comes in many forms. We will help all athletes set and achieve attainable goals. You will find that the coaches will have high expectations and one of the main goals of our team is to reach our potential. To reach one’s potential requires a certain type of sacrifice many cannot handle. It is our expectation that every Bermuda Team will have a reputation of relentlessness on the court–defensively, offensively, to shanked balls, etc.
Our team is disciplined.
Our work ethic is always something we can control–work ethic over the summer, at practice, in a match. Work hard, even when a coach isn’t watching.
Our team is competitive.
In order to reach our goals on the court, we need to understand that competition in practice and against our teammates is good for our team. It should be your goal to compete at the highest level in every drill, every practice, and every match.
Our team is supportive.
The best teammates find a way to support each other when everything seems to be going wrong. It’s easy to become a supporter when we are playing well…but it takes great teammates to assist a teammate through turmoil. Be a great teammate.