We don’t think it’s any secret that team cohesiveness is essential to your teams sporting success. And what do we think the key fundamental to team cohesiveness is? Communication. Communication both on and off the field is crucial in getting the most out of your team. After All, if you are playing team sports you are playing as a team and not as individuals.
Off the field, communication channels should be open from the coaches, to the players to the trainers. Making sure that each player is aware of the part they are supposed to play, what players need to work on and what the teams should be working towards collectively. For players to be motivated during training it helps for each player to be aware of their role and what they are working towards. This makes each player feel important as they are able to understand where they fit in the team.
We think this quote from Babe Ruth perfectly sums up the way a team should work to be successful. "The way a team plays as a whole determines its success. You may have the greatest bunch of individual stars in the world, but if they don’t play together, the club won’t be worth a dime."
And what is the key to togetherness? Open and constant channels of communication with the whole team. After all, if players don’t know their part in the team or what they are working for, the performance of the team will start to decrease.
On the field, the importance of communication is perhaps even more crucial. Communication on the field is essential for the team to know plays, tactics, what the other players are doing and keeping motivated throughout the game.
The importance of clear communication on the field in sport is obvious. We speak with a lot of customers who are athletes and our pro sports ambassadors including Gary Ablett and Rory Sloane can’t stress enough how important it is that they be able to clearly communicate during the game. Sports are fast paced and extremely dynamic, circumstances can change in an instance. It’s at these points where plays and tactics need to be altered in the exact moment to respond in an effective way. If you can’t achieve clear communication both verbally and through physical cues, your team's effectiveness and ability to take on the opposing team will be extremely difficult.
Verbal communication on the field can have more than just an informative effect, as well as one player sharing instructions with another player, it's likely that the communication will, in turn, motivate the player. Players being aware of their role and impact in the game will positively impact motivation levels as players feel the importance of their position on the field. There has been a range of studies in the US that have found successful teams to have both consistent channels of communication and use frequent planning statements.
It’s like Michael Jordan said, "Talent wins games, but teamwork and intelligence win championships."
For obvious reasons, Gameday is serious about optimising your team's on-field communication. This is why we put extra care into designing all of our guards to be custom fit to each individual's mouth. Our guards fit like a glove and are secure in the mouth, assisting with speech and breath. Want to see the Gameday difference for yourself?
Check out Rory Sloane taking on the Boil n Bite challenge: