Teamwork sometimes misunderstood

Published 12:00 am Saturday, July 9, 2005

After watching Selma’s Dixie Majors and Pre-Majors play their their respective tournament games last week, it occurred to me that All-Star games are a true experiment in teamwork.

Think about it sports fans &045; All-Star teams are made up of some of the best kids from that respective league.

To put it into an even better perspective, look at it on the Dixie Majors and Pre-Majors level. Here you have two groups of kids that for the better part of three, maybe four months during the high school baseball season and en suing playoffs have spent time playing against each other, then they are drafted to rec league teams where they still play against each other. After five months of playing against each other, the All-Stars are selected.

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Following that, the teams only have a hand full of days to put rivalries and feelings aside and try to mesh as a team.

The key for an All-Star team to be successful is that they have to mesh together through a series of tournaments in order to reap the benefits at the end of the day.

Teamwork, that’s a simple concept. Why is it that some people have trouble grasping it? Looking on the professional sports level, teamwork hardly exists anymore.

An old coach once told me that there was no "I" in team, which is true, the professional sports converse to that being there is a "ME" in team.

You can look in baseball at the teams who have been successful and won the World Series because of teamwork, the Marlins and the Red Sox would be two examples. On the other hand you can look at the teams that haven’t experienced success.