I am part of a youth rugby team in Yokohama that trains once a week and participates in fixtures vs. other teams from around the Kanto plains. Many of the players that I play alongside are new to rugby, and therefore are much more inexperienced than I am and often make mistakes. Due to my much more significant playing experience, it is up to me to keep an eye out for any errors that my team-mates are making and let them know what they’re doing wrong and how to fix it. For example, during a game that I played on Saturday a few weeks ago, I often found that there were many players on my team unsure of what to be doing and getting in the way of other players. During half-time, I made sure to talk to the inexperienced players making those errors and let them know where they should go, and exactly what they needed to be doing, such as telling someone who was getting in the way between me and the person I wanted to pass to where they should be when we’re in attack. Once the game restarted, I found that there were fewer people confused as to where they needed to go and what they needed to be doing on the pitch, and we were able to have a much more successful second half.
This has changed me as often times when I played rugby with people with similar playing experience as me, I would be the quietest person on the pitch, however, due to the fact that I was playing with people who often times didn’t know what they were doing, It was up to me to make sure that my voice was heard across the pitch. From then on, whenever we have games I am often very loud and communicate with my teammates a lot more than I previously used to. I have learned how important communication is when playing sports, as when I wasn’t communicating with my teammates, we were extremely disorganized and not very successful in our game, but when I was talking to my teammates, we were much more successful and much more organized in our game. I realised that this could be translated to not just other sports, but group projects in school as well as often in group projects instead of taking leadership I just do what others tell me to do without really asking any questions. This has led me to become more vocal in group activities and let my other group members know exactly what I think they should be doing if they feel unsure of what to do