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A Case For The MVT (Not MVP)

I was on a recent zoom call for coaches with USA Lacrosse.

The program leader brought up an interesting concept.

She said that on their team, they vote for MVT, not MVP.

Hmm.

This was eye-opening for me. Truly an a-ha moment that made a lot of sense as I thought about it.

An MVT is the “Most Valuable Teammate.”

Think about that for a minute.

Instead of the MVP (Most Valuable Player), the MVT is a shift to becoming the most valuable player to the entire team.

What a revolutionary concept.

Instead of being an ego-centric driven award, it becomes a team-contributing award.

But, how do we measure being the Most Valuable Teammate?

Here’s a few suggestions.

DO YOU HELP OTHERS – NO, REALLY, DO YOU HELP?

As a teammate – do you help your teammates? No, do you really help your teammates, each and every one of them.

If you don’t help (or impact) every player on your team, you’re not the MVT.

The MVT is truly “team first.”

Why is the “team first” mentality so hard for players these days?

I think there are reasons for this, but that’s for another time.

The MVT is the player who helps all other players, period.

INCLUSIVENESS

The MVT deliberately and intentionally includes ALL team members in activities, communications, and events.

They are inclusive, not exclusive. There is a big difference.

Lacrosse is a team sport, is it not?

Sadly, I have observed the development of destructive “cliques” in team sports. While cliques can be a natural and un-harmful part of life and socialization, they can also be extremely damaging in team sports.

The MVT helps to recognize the destruction nature of cliques within a sports team and helps to make sure that all team members are included as valuable members of the team – in all ways possible.

A team is WE not ME – and the MVT recognizes this, plain and simple.

LEADERSHIP

The MVT is a leader.

That doesn’t mean the player has to be the most vocal person on the team.

Leadership takes many forms and leaders are made, not born (contrary to conventional thinking).

What is important to know is that the MVT leads the team by actions, values, and communications.

Leadership is one of the most valuable skills in life that can always be developed and improved on.

Again, the MVT is a leader for the good of the team.

COMMUNICATION

To be the MVT, you have to communicate with all of your teammates, not just some of them.

This doesn’t mean you have to lead with speeches or anything like that.

You do have to communicate and connect with every one of your fellow teammates.

In simple terms, if you’re not talking to each of your teammates, you’re not the MVT – because you’re not connecting with and understanding your team.

The MVT communicates well and connects with all.

INSPIRING OTHERS

Do you inspire others?

The MVT should lead by example and inspire others to play and perform at their best.

This usually happens naturally with unselfish players.

If the MVT is a passionate leader who is excited to do great things – others will follow.

We all look to be inspired.

The MVT acts to inspire and lead others by their actions and words.

They don’t have to be all “rah-rah” in their approach, but they should know that by what they do, by the actions they take – others will be inspired to do something great.

Inspire.

IN SUMMARY…THE MVP IS A DEAD MODEL.

Instead, it is the MVT that is the NEW standard for today’s team sport.

It is.

How great can you be – as a teammate?

Help others, lead, include your teammates, communicate with them, and inspire them.

When you elevate the team, you WIN – and so does everyone else.

The MVT can create the culture of the team.

How powerful is that?

Lead and others will follow.

As the great Zig Ziglar once said…

“You can have everything in life you want, if you help everyone get what they want.”

Coach Scott

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