Great catchers are great teammates. Bottom line.

There is a significant difference between talent and greatness. There are many catchers playing baseball today that are talented. And yes, some are able to ride their talent to extremely high levels of college and professional baseball. Your talent as a catcher matters, but do you want to be great? Do you want to be remembered by your teammates and coaches as someone who made a difference on their team?

Your talent matters. At Catcher University, we do everything we can to help you develop your talent. But we also want you to be more than just another talented catcher that came and went and never did anything more than throw a few runners out and hit for a high batting average.

We want you to be great, and to be great at any level, you have to be a great teammate. 

That is why we are writing this 21 part series called How to Be a Great Teammate, based on the book The Hard Hat: 21 Ways to Be a Great Teammate by Jon Gordon. This week’s post is #7: Do It For Your Team, Not For Applause.

#7: Do It For Your Team, Not For Applause 

Great team members always put the team first. They work hard for the team. They develop themselves for the team. They serve the team. Their motto is whatever it takes to make the team better. They don’t take credit; they give credit to the team. They have an ego and want to be great, but they give up their ego and serve the team, in order to be truly great (Gordon, Jon (2015-04-24). The Hard Hat: 21 Ways to Be a Great Teammate (pp. 55-56). Wiley. Kindle Edition).

Where does your motivation come from? 

That’s a deep question, but take some time to think about it. Why do you play baseball? Why do you catch? Why are you a part of the team you’re a part of?

What is more important to you – your team or yourself?

Another quote, this one by the legendary coach John Wooden, says this:


If you look closely at both quotes, they are not saying that you shouldn’t care about results. You should. You should want to be a great player and you should desire success on the field. And, you should have big goals for yourself and do everything in your power to accomplish those goals.

But, if you want to achieve true greatness – that is, greatness that makes a difference in the lives of those around you – then you should not put your own goal above the team.

And, here’s the kicker – your best chance of achieving your goals does not come from putting them above all else. Your best chance to achieve your goals actually comes from putting your team first. 

Try it. As Coach Wooden says, you’ll be surprised by the results.

P.S. – In case you didn’t know, John Wooden is widely considered the greatest and most successful coaches in sports. He led UCLA Basketball to 7 consecutive National Championships, and 10 National Championships overall. It’s safe to say that he knows a thing or two about getting results).


This blog post is part of series called How to Be a Great Teammate. This series features 21 different ways that you can be a great teammate from the book titled The Hard Hat: 21 Ways to Be a Great Teammate by Jon Gordon (click that link to view and buy the book on Amazon – it’s a must read!). Jon Gordon is an incredible resource and you can learn more about him at, and follow him on Twitter at @JonGordon11. To read more posts from this series feel free to click any of the links below!

  1. #1: Sweat More
  2. #2: Remember Well Done > Well Said
  3. #3: Choose to Be Humble and Hungry
  4. #4: Pursue Excellence
  5. #5: Share Positive Contagious Energy
  6. #6: Don’t Complain

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