In any activity, where you work with at least one other person, you are a member of a team. Within the team you will have to contribute something that helps the team. Each member of the team is expected to contribute and this can determine whether a team is successful.

In team activities performers have roles that they are expected to carry out in order to contribute to the team. Roles within a team are normally allocated depending on the strengths and weaknesses of the individuals in the team. The role given dictates the responsibility the performer has for contributing to the team.


Impact on Performance
The impact of a players contribution has on the teams overall performance is largely dependent on the role that particular player has within the team. Some examples of the impacts of a player not contributing effectively to the team could be as follows.

Defensive Problems

  • A player not staying with the player they have been allocated to mark. This may result in that player finding space and being able to create a scoring opportunity.

  • A player not carrying out their role within a defensive strategy may results in space that the opponents could exploit.

Attacking Problems

  • A player not making the supporting runs that they are supposed to may result in less passing options for the player on the ball and put them under more pressure when in possession.

  • This could reduce the number of attacking options that a team has which may cause the team to become predictable in attack.

  • If the player in possession expects a team mate to be in a particular position at a particular time they may play a pass to that player. If the player is not where they should be this may result in possession being lost and an attack breaking down.