Airsoft is all about having fun and letting off some steam, but if you want to take your team to the next level, you may be looking to implement some more serious strategies into your squad. As the leader of the airsoft squad, it would be your responsibility to manage and engage your team effectively in order for it to progress to its highest potential. Unfortunately, those who leave it up to fate may find that their teammates look for greener pastures.
A strong team goes a long way in establishing a sense of camaraderie. While we’re not advocating that you bark at your teammates (no leader has ever seen results from that approach), we are encouraging you to understand and master the skills needed to take your team to the next level. Finding that perfect balance between providing entertainment and instilling team commitment on the field will be your primary mission, which requires you to be the best airsoft leader you can be, especially if you are starting a new team.
Here are the strategies you can put in place to build a stronger airsoft team:
How can you expect your team members to progress if you are not all on the same page when it comes to the group goals? Your team partners need to have a sense of purpose, not only in their individual roles but within the squad. Providing these goals will allow everyone to break down their objectives, work out ways to achieve them and promote pride and a sense of accomplishment when they are praised and recognised for their hard work. Not only this, but it will ensure they understand their roles and accountability.
Through this method, you will see each member bringing forward their best value, although they may need your help and guidance along the way as a more experienced player.
Why not try reiterating goals at team meetings before each match to ensure clarity? Congratulate individual progress towards goals to boost the confidence of each member. And, whatever you do, do not call people out on their failings in front of the entire team – no one appreciates this type of leader, and it will only produce resentment from your players. It could also manifest in other teammates losing trust in the abilities of the singled out player which could have a negative impact on the togetherness of your squad.
We suggest taking individuals aside if you are concerned about their performance. Offer tips and tricks to help them achieve their goal and remember to word it in a way that motivates and encourages them into action. Don’t forget to recognise their achievement when they surpass the objective they were once struggling with.
Regular reviews and team meetings are the first steps in building a stronger and more communicative team. But, there may also be other methods to improve communication both on and off the field that will work well for your teammates. What about a private Facebook page where you can share funny stories, team updates and helpful links? This provides a private place for regular communication and will help in improving the level of team involvement. Consider if your games are suffering at the hands of no communication tools on the field. Do you guys need radio transceivers on the field to help you communicate better during a game? Are there other ways you could talk to each other during a skirmish (like assigned signals)?
Remember you can’t determine this aspect alone, you need the feedback of your team to figure out what will help everyone improve the communication lines.
Spending the time to listen to your team’s views is one of the best ways to improve the feelings of belonging within the team and ultimately, create a stronger bond. If you actively engage your team through the best methods of communication, you will find they are more prone to coming up with new ideas which you may not have thought of before.
Every day isn’t going to peachy. There may be times when your team has a low sense of morale which is certainly not conducive to progression. You will need to understand what motivates each member and your team as a whole in order to boost them up when it’s needed. Consider carving out regular social time together to help your team get to know each other better and giving special rewards for jobs well done. Would they appreciate a meal out for all their hard work, a drink down the local or maybe, if you’re feeling generous, could you fork out for some new gear team players are dying to get their hands on, like the latest airsoft pistols?
Team leaders need to set a good example to help improve team cohesiveness. Your motivation levels and enthusiasm for the sport and games will have a direct influence on everybody else. Your standards for gameplay and behaviour will be reflected in the standards set by the rest of the team. This means you must always bring your A-game to each skirmish, meeting and social event in order to see the results you want from your team.
These are just a few ways you can help to build a stronger airsoft team. Do you have any other suggestions? Let us know! And don’t forget to check out our store to ensure you have all the latest and greatest gear for your next game.