The Six Types of People You Meet at Sports Practice

Carolyn Pye, Staff Writer

Every sports team (or any other team for that matter) has its own interesting, individual people, but there are six people who are present on almost every team. They make up the team and annoy their fellow players. You can’t have a team without them.

  1. The no-show. This person misses practice after practice. He is always “sick” when there is hard work to be done, but magically shows up on the day of the competition, and even worse—the coach puts him in. You may have the coach on your side, but you are not fooling anyone, my friend!
  2. The bench warmer. At least she shows up to practice, but that’s the best you can say about her. She sits on the side and tries to get out of the work. Is it possible to get a cramp in the first five minutes of practice when you’re not actually running? Apparently this person can.
  3. The under-achiever. He can always find a corner to cut. He skips small parts of the workout and give about 50% effort. “At least you tried” doesn’t really apply here.
  4. The rule follower. She does EXACTLY what she is supposed to. Word for word, everything taken literally. That’s not necessarily a bad thing. It depends how you look at her.
  5. The over-achiever. Giving 110% is not a bad thing, until you are the one standing next to the person giving 110%. He makes you look bad even if you are doing the best you can. You are having a rough day or finished a long day at school and just want to go to bed, and this person thinks he is at the Olympics! Time for a reality check.
  6. The barfer. You all know this one. The person who hits the breaking point and keeps going. The coach’s dream player, a teammate’s nightmare. She works until she is sick and, even then, doesn’t want to stop. “Why can’t you be more like her?” the coaches ask. “Maybe because I don’t want to puke!”

Every team has them. They annoy you beyond belief, but they are your teammates. And chances are you’re one of them, too.