It happens every time.

A new group of football players (or new groups of almost anything) will usually not work together for the common goal of team success.

Everyone wants to get theirs. Their touchdowns. Their accolades. Their glory.

And more often than not, the team suffers.

One of the great challenges as coaches is trying to convince the boys that it is much more important, in the big scheme of things, for them to have great teamwork than to have great individual stats.

Some guy named Norman Shidle once said: “A group becomes a team when each member is sure enough of himself and his contribution to praise the skills of the others.”

Our job as coaches and volunteers is to help the kids get to the point where they are sure enough of themselves to praise others.

It’s not easy, but when it happens, it’s life changing.