WE TALK ABOUT OUR DESIRE TO BE A GREAT TEAM.....
..........BUT YOU CAN'T JUST TALK THE TALK, YOU HAVE TO WALK THE WALK!
Being a good team member is about more than just cheering loudly at races, it requires you to adopt a team first attitude and to question all the actions you take and weigh them through the lens of "what would be best for my team?"
PRIORITIZE GETTING TO KNOW YOUR TEAMMATES!
Learn more than just a name. Find out enough so that you pay attention and care about someone other than yourself. Ask each other "how did your race go?" and listen and care about the answer. Be the kind of friend you wished you had.
BRING YOUR VERY BEST ATTITUDE TO PRACTICE
Energy & enthusiasm are contagious. So is pessimism! Be an energy giver not an engergy vampire!
Embrace each day as a chance to get better and never dread practice.
Be proud of how hard your sport is. Suffering is what makes it so memorable. Smile at the horror!
TRUST YOUR COACHES, RUN WITH YOUR GROUP & ENJOY THE PROCESS
Be ready for practice and don't cause stress or drama by not being buttoned up
Jump up and share the lead, encourage someone who is struggling, keep the group honest on pace
Be confident that every single run has a purpose and that every time we run our team gets better
BE EXCELLENT TO EACH OTHER AWAY FROM PRACTICE
Acknowledge team members in the halls and help freshman
Never let a team member eat alone in the cafeteria.
Don't gossip behind each other's backs. Use social media thoughtfully and with a kind heart.
Volunteer to help someone with homework. Ease another's burden.
Treat each other the way you'd like to be treated.
BE EXCELLENT TO YOURSELF & EACH OTHER ON GAME DAY
Give your best effort and never surrender. You have teammates counting on you!
Do all the right things on race day to do your best. Nutrition, warm up, smart race plan.
Cheer and yell for your friends and show someone else you care! Cheer for names. No "go west"
Help set up and clean up our team tent space. Be willing to assist as asked by a coach or manager.
Ride the bus home with the team. You can spend time with your parents later.
Ultimately, here is how you will know if you have the right team 1st attitude in cross country. When you sprint your guts out to and through the finish line and are ready to collapse in the finish chute, your primary concern should be looking around to see how your teammates finished, frantic to know the team's result. If all you care about is whether you set a PR, beat the person you really wanted to beat or find out if you earned an individual medal, you are missing the point for this sport.
IN CROSS COUNTRY... TEAM IS ALWAYS > ME.
IN LIFE.... CARING FOR OTHERS BRINGS JOY. SELF CONCERN BRINGS ONLY PAIN.