*FK's Tip Of The Week*
TIP#22: Too many Chiefs, not enough Indians.
Paintball tournaments have become a team dominant sport. You hardly ever hear of any one on one events any more, so teamwork and knowing your role is more essential now than it has ever been.
With so many factors in play now, the foundation of a true team has never been needed so badly until now. With the delay of the field layout releases, minimal time for practices, time limits between points, and so many clutch points on the line now a days, a team is easily able to not reach their full potential simply because the players on the team try to be their own boss.
A true team needs to remember that you have a coach/manager for a reason. You may bring your issues or field knowledge to the coach, and then allow him to digest the information. When in team huddles you should allow those who are speaking be heard, and never try to out do or over talk any teammates or coaches. Everyone on the team plays differently, sees things differently, and feels differently about the field. The truth of the matter is, a great team falls short because a player is afraid to lose glory simply by doing a job that does not entail them looking glorious, or doesnt want to be the "Bait" for a single play, etc....
An Xball team is just like a car. The coach is the engine, the squad leader (Most experienced, or calm collective person) is the driver, and the 4 other players are your wheels. With any one of these factors not doing their job, the car doesnt run smooth.
-If the coach is flustered and over fed negative information, he can make poor decisions.
-If the driver is over voiced, doing too many jobs, or having to constantly advise someone of the same issue. Then they can not focus on their main job.
-If the wheels are not running smoothly, turning when told to be turned, and rolling quietly and evenly, than no matter what the coach or team leader does, the car will not run smoothly.
Remember everyone is entitled to their decision, but know your role. Be a team player, suck up your pride, stop stroking your egotistical attitude, and enjoy winning as a team.