The best catchers are the best teammates. Fact.

If you want to be a great catcher then you must also be a great teammate. Notice here we are talking about greatness, not talent. There are lots of catchers that have all the talent they need, but they prevent themselves from true greatness because of one main reason: they are bad teammates. They play the game and treat their teammates and coaches from a posture of “what can you do for me?” rather than “what can I do I for you?”

You don’t have to be selfish to accomplish your goals and get the results you are striving for. In fact, being a great teammate is actually what provides you with the best opportunity to perform at your maximum potential individually.

And that leads us to our next lesson in our How to Be a Great Teammate Series:


To be a great teammate, decide to be an energy fountain instead of an energy drain. Don’t take anything positive away from anyone. Make your team better by giving the best within you to bring out the best in them. When you do, they’ll never forget the way you made them feel (Gordon 60).

Your teammates and coaches are going to remember who you are after your career is over MUCH more than what you did as a player. And, here’s the reality – no one reaches the top on their own. We ALL need help from others to accomplish our goals and maximize our potential.

When you are a great teammate and are focused on giving everything you have to make your teammates better, you will play better. You might be able to be a bad teammate and still get good results for a while, but

[shareable]Who are you will always outweigh what you do in the long run.[/shareable]

At Catcher University, we want every catcher we work with to have all the success in the world. We help our catchers set really big goals and have extremely high expectations of themselves and their careers. But, we also fundamentally believe that the key to true success, to truly maximizing your potential as a player, actually comes from being a great teammate.

If you want to be a great catcher, you must be a great teammate. To be a great teammate, remember to GIVE ALL AND TAKE NOTHING.


This blog post is part of series called How to Be a Great Teammate. This series features 21 different ways that you can be a great teammate from the book titled The Hard Hat: 21 Ways to Be a Great Teammate by Jon Gordon (click that link to view and buy the book on Amazon – it’s a must read!). Jon Gordon is an incredible resource and you can learn more about him at, and follow him on Twitter at @JonGordon11. To read more posts from this series feel free to click any of the links below!

  1. #1: Sweat More
  2. #2: Remember Well Done > Well Said
  3. #3: Choose to Be Humble and Hungry
  4. #4: Pursue Excellence
  5. #5: Share Positive Contagious Energy
  6. #6: Don’t Complain
  7. #7: Do It For Your Team, Not For Applause
  8. #8: Show You Are Committed
  9. #9: Never Take a Play Off
  10. #10: Hold Yourself and Your Team Accountable
  11. #11: Treat Everyone With Respect and Expect Everyone To Do the Same

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