You hear it all the time on the game field, along with a barrage of fist pumps, congratulating someone on making an awesome play. But what I’d really like to cover is; what does it mean to be in a team?
I’ve been fortunate enough to travel around a bit playing Airsoft and earlier this year I was over in the US playing alongside some of the best teams I’ve ever had the pleasure of meeting. So whats the big deal? Well, let me explain.
More often than not, you’ll come across new teams you’ve never heard of every time you visit a playing field. Its real easy to create one. Get a few people together who love playing Airsoft, think of a name, create a logo, make a Facebook page and crack on. But what separates those teams from the ‘I got your back bro!’ mentality?
Its a real rarity to see in this country at the moment, but when you do come across it, you get that warm fuzzy feeling in your stomach. Ever heard the term ‘Battle buddies’? Look it up, its the perfect way to describe the term ‘I got your back!’. No, I’m not just describing the expression, I’m talking about the actual act. Don’t fight with your back against the wall, fight with your back against your buddies. Know their every move, the sound of their rifle, their rate of fire and the most important, know what they are about to do before they do it. You look out for each other, and heres the clincher. In every walks of life. Stand up for each other.
While I was playing in the States, there were two teams there that really showed what being in a team really means, and it was fun. A lot of fun. Not only were they two of the most successful teams on the west coast, but they knew each other inside out. Fought together, drank together, worked together, knew the families. Hell, they were a family, and thats what made them strong. They truly had each others backs.
So I’ll leave you with this thought, can you honestly say you have your teammates back? I am fortunate enough to say I have.