Do you want to be a great catcher? Or, do you want to help your catcher be great? 

We talk fundamentals a lot here at Catcher University, but we aren’t just interested in catchers that have physical skills on the field. We want to help every catcher we work with become the best possible catcher in all areas of the game. With that in mind, it’s essential to realize that the best catchers are the best teammates. If you want to be a great catcher, part of your job description is to be a great teammate. 

Continuing our series that touches on 21 ways you can, and should, be a great teammate is #5: Share Positive Contagious Energy.

#5: Share Positive Contagious Energy

As a team member, you not only control your effort but you also control your attitude. One of the most powerful things you can do to be a great teammate is to stay positive and share your positive energy with others. Research shows attitudes and emotions are contagious, and each day you can either infuse your team with positive energy or infect them with negative energy. You can be a germ or a big dose of vitamin C. When you share positive energy, you enhance the mood, morale, and performance of your team (Gordon, Jon (2015-04-24). The Hard Hat: 21 Ways to Be a Great Teammate (pp. 53-54). Wiley. Kindle Edition). 

What kind of attitude do you bring to your team on a day-to-day basis? Is it consistent, or is it like a roller-coaster based on your mood that day?

Is your attitude consistent from the beginning to the end of practice? Or, when practice gets long and hard towards the end do you start to get negative?

How is your attitude when you are struggling to perform well? Are you bringing positive energy regardless of personal performance, or are you only positive when you’re having a good day? 

Do you let teammates, coaches, opposing teams, parents, umpires, or anyone else share their negative energy with you? Or, do you resist the pull of their negativity and stay positive?

As the quote above says, you control your attitude. That does not mean that it is always easy, but you have 100% control over your attitude regardless of circumstances. That means that no matter what or who is around you, you can choose to stay positive. Attitude is contagious, and you have the ability to share positive contagious energy with your team. As a catcher, part of your job description is to lead your team well and bringing positive energy to your team on a daily basis is a major way you can make a difference for your team.

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


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