Being A Good Baseball Teammate Is A Mindset, Not A Skill

Although the statement is incredibly obvious, it's often times worth repeating when speaking of baseball – it’s a team game, and if you don’t fit as a team, you aren’t going to have much success on the diamond.

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Having a good team means having a group of guys who are working together towards the same goal, and all have the same interests in mind. If there are people who are out there just for their own personal stats, it might not go well. If you have players who are just out there for something to do, it might not go well.

Being a part of a good team starts with you personally, and being the best teammate you can be goes a long way in the outcome of your team’s season. As someone who played lots of youth and travel, I’ve been on teams with players who weren’t the best who made the entire squad better, and I’ve been on teams with players who were immensely talented that brought the team down.

It’s a mindset, and how you apply that mindset to your overall skill set will gauge how good of a baseball teammate you are. There’s no hiding these traits – any other serious player or coach can point out if you fit this mold, and if you don’t, you might not be on the team the next time tryouts come around.

So how does one go on being a better baseball teammate? Here are a few simple things one can do to be the best teammate they can be, and these steps will improve your career all around.

1. Hustle No Matter What

Hit a dud fly ball or grounder that is a for sure out? Hustle. Your team is losing, but you have to take the field for defense again? Hustle. It’s a 50/50 ball and you think your teammate can probably get it? Hustle. Baseball is incredibly tough to be successful at, and even the best of the best are only successful three out of ten times. Hustling not only shows everyone you’re here to play, but it will put you in a better spot to get over that hump and maybe beat out a hit, or make that special defensive play. Those who hustle 100% of the time are often the most respected players.

2. Never Throw Your Equipment

We’ve all been there if you’ve played baseball – it’s a hot day, your team is getting beat pretty good, and you’ve just struck out for the third time. Many kids come into the dug out and chuck their helmet off the ground, or something of that nature, and that is not what a good teammate does. That shows that you are out of the game mentally, and your chances of contributing further as the game goes on are slim.

3. Don't Single Others Out For A Bad Day

Much like the previous step, we’ve also been on the other end of it where a teammate just can’t seem to get anything going. Be supportive of them, and keep working on picking up, because their success is tied into yours. Putting them down about their performance hurts everyone in the dugout, not just them.

4. Always Be Mentally Prepared In The Field

Young players would be surprised at how much a difference this makes, but it’s truly one of the most important things player can do in the field. Know where you’re going with the ball for every situation before the pitch comes, and be ready to execute. If you’re caught of guard, you can cost your team a run, which could cost your team the game.

5. Bring The Same Fun and Intensity Every Game

Of all of the steps here that involve a strong mindset, this is the hardest, but most effective. Baseball is as much – if not more – of a mental game than a physical game. If you bring the mindset of energy and excitement to the dugout every team, it will spill over into your teammates. A team that is locked in, excited, and energized is going to win a lot of games off mindset alone.

 

These are all aspects of the game that youth baseball players need to consider every game when heading to the field. You don’t have to be the most talented player on your team to have the biggest impact on the field – you just need to be the best teammate you can be every game, and you’ll always have a place on a team. 

Source: youth1.com