Teammate Chemistry

February 8, 2021

Fredericton, NB / Ottawa, ON (February 8, 2021) – An aspect of athletics that is often overlooked is that of the relationships and connections between team members. Consider a pitcher and a catcher, a unit of offensive linemen, a hockey line, or a point guard and his center. Relational dynamics formed between these teammates can create immense positive chemistry. The difficulty lies within the task of understanding which individuals will thrive together and which won’t.

In the sports world, teammates that function symbiotically are gold. Such units are not easily found or formed, but can be the driving force behind a team’s overall chemistry and success. Tight-knit groups within teams instill confidence in each other, as well as those around them. Confidence in turn leads to creativity, and in sports, creativity leads to athletes reaching their full potential. The Boston Celtics’ trio, formerly known as the “Big Three,” consisting of Kevin Garnett, Paul Pierce, and Ray Allen, is a great example of a confidence radiating cohesive unit of teammates in professional sports. Their contagious energy and confidence lifted the team around them and also helped their young point guard, Rajon Rondo, develop into a star of the league.

Players with chemistry not only boost team confidence, but also push each other to be better. Friendly competition is always a healthy thing in sports; Pittsburgh Penguins all-star duo Evgeni Malkin and Sydney Crosby can attest to this. In an interview with Malkin stated, “It’s good competition between me and Sid. If Sid scores, I want to score two. If Sid [gets] one more, oh, I want to score one more too. If Sid scores hat trick, I stop.” The comedic conclusion to Malkin’s statement does not outweigh the truth behind the concept he explains.

Finally, teammates that mesh well together have a competitive advantage due to their understanding of one another. Players with chemistry know when each other need encouragement, motivation, or insight. They understand how their teammates move, when they are feeling confident, and when they need support. Due to the high levels of trust built up in these relationships, such athletes are able to try new things and be wildly creative on the field of play. As discussed earlier and demonstrated throughout history by teammates like Kobe Bryant and Shaquille O’Neal, creativity and freedom often lead to groundbreaking success.

Successful organizations are built around like-minded individuals who work well together and collaborate to achieve a common goal. Because of this, we at Avrij Analytics believe sports teams thrive byway of teammate chemistry. High chemistry groups play a big role in success both on and off the field. With the help of our team and character evaluation platform, teams all across the nation are building synergic rosters to put themselves in better positions to win now and in the future.

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