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Although players may be on the same team, it can be difficult to create a great culture. In softball, a great culture means having support from teammates, healthy competition, and zero conflict. This type of culture helps a team perform and function to their best abilities. At times, this can be easier said than done. Take a look at the best ways to create a great culture on your softball team:

One Goal

Every team member needs to reach an agreement on the team’s goal is for the season. Is it to have more wins? Focus on improving the team’s morale? With the same goal in mind, every member of the team will work harder together to achieve it. This helps develop the team’s culture and define its purpose. With a purpose in mind, it will encourage both individual and team growth. Make sure to come together as a team to determine the goal that should be reached as one. 

Set Values

In softball, there are basic rules and regulations to follow. The same goes for how players conduct themselves as a team. It’s important for members to set and follow the values of the team. These values can range from taking ownership of mistakes, always putting in the best effort, being respectful of the team and the game, stay focused, and always working as a team. Following these values is essential for the team’s success

The Right Attitude

With the right goals and values in mind, a player can easily become a strong asset to the team. However, it could all be ruined by a bad attitude. It only takes one negative player to bring down a team’s morale. It’s important to encourage the right kind of attitude to make sure the team is performing at its best. A player should be focusing on their process and not the outcome, never wanting to give up, accepting that they will make mistakes, and are up for a challenge. These are the kind of attitudes that make for stronger teams.

Developing a Culture

Some of the time, a softball team can create a positive culture organically and without help from their coach. This lets a team take ownership of their culture, but it can come with some setbacks. When a culture is developed organically, it might be unfairly shaped with one or a group of individuals with more control over the team. This will be a very toxic team culture. To avoid this, a coach should take on an active role in creating a great culture. 

Coaches should have open discussions with their team to identify goals, values, and attitude of the team. In order to direct the team into a healthy and positive culture, they have to collaborate with the team to create a solid foundation. This will help team members feel some ownership in the team and their values.