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Join a team, make a commitment | Opinion | The Press and Standard

by | April 10, 2016 5:00 am

Last Updated: April 6, 2016 at 11:21 am

There should be few blurred lines when it comes to your commitment to your team and teammates. The definition of commitment is pretty straightforward — being committed to a cause or activity, a pledge of undertaking and an obligation that restricts freedom of action. Sounds simple enough to me.
Over the years, I’ve heard some interesting excuses for players not being able to execute their commitment to their team. By commitment, I mean, things like showing up when you are supposed to, being on time for games or practices, following team rules and just generally putting forth an effort to meet the minimal expectations. Really, nothing out of the normal. Right?
Wrong. More often than you would think, for whatever reason, players do not take their commitment to their teams and teammates as seriously as they should. I include teammates because when you make a commitment to be on a team, you are for all intents and purposes making a commitment to each and every person on that team. By not following through on your commitment to your team, you are more than likely letting down your teammates.
Is this acceptable? Sometimes there are genuine reasons that are valid and worthy of exception. Other times, let’s be honest, not so much.  Always remember, with our actions, we must be willing to accept the consequences.

(Cindy Crosby is a sports writer for The Press and Standard. She can be reached at

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