Why College Sports? Learning to Be a Team Player and Manage Conflicts
Young athletes learn to be team players and manage
I would be lying if I said sports are not accompanied by conflict.
Young athletes get hurt, they fight with their teammates,
and they feel overlooked by their coaches. But with proper parenting,
these athletes work through adolescence and become
mature adults, confident to handle and manage conflict, which
they accept as a part of life. Because they had parents, a team,
and a coach supporting them, they aren’t paralyzed when
conflict rears its head. After all, they have likely dealt with
something very similar in the past.
A child who has experienced teamwork enters adulthood
much more equipped, said Coach Chmiel.
“So many things a person experiences while a member of
a team are seamless to the workplace: the ability to get along
with others, the ability to move forward in a group setting,
hard work, and dedication.
And let us not forgot one of the
greatest byproducts: You cannot compete in athletics in this
day and age if you are not color blind,” he said.
Coach Chmiel uses the football huddle as an analogy for
business. “In a huddle, orders given are unequivocally followed, and
if one person does not carry out his assignment, there is immediate
failure,” Coach Chmiel said. “An athlete cannot look to
the left and challenge someone because of her socioeconomic
status. An athlete cannot look to the right and challenge someone
because of his race. An athlete cannot go to committee
with the play, and there is no room for discussion. An athlete
has thirty-five seconds to listen to the instructions, and then
he must take them and carry them out.”
Does this teach a kid to be a team player? Absolutely, and
this is a big triumph down the line when it comes time to
apply for a job. In fact, almost all of the skills a student-athlete
learns—time management, leadership, team work, commitment,