21 November 2010

Roles in a team

Success for a team is about the team members working for each other.

Individuals taking it upon themselves to do the things that need doing. Now this can happen spontaneously in many cases. However, success comes along more often when these things are articulated, planned for and recognised.

I realised there a lot of roles that that can be filled in a team, and if you don't have a manager or coach, players step up to do them. Particularly when you let them know that the work is valuable and they are trusted to do it their way.

Player roles
  • puller
  • first cutter
  • dump denier
  • long cutter
  • hucker
  • aerial defender
  • finishers/goal catcher
  • disher
  • structure setter
Coach roles
  • skill teacher
  • motivator
  • organiser
  • optimist
  • reviewer
  • line caller
  • sideline talker
  • tactician
Manager Roles
  • finances
  • food
  • uniforms
  • venues
  • registration
At the representative level, Australia is steadily delineating these roles, and finding the people who will be managers and coaches, so the players can focus on their playing roles.

Got others?