You may You may have heard that some major sports clubs, like the New York Rangers, are looking into cruises at Royal Holiday so that the whole team can go on a trip together. In fact, some teams have declared that they have an official cruise line and that they will not travel with any other line. While the desire to take a trip is clear, at least for the individual players, have you ever found yourself wondering why the whole team would go at the same time? What do they stand to gain from it? As you will see, this can actually be very beneficial for them.
Building Team Chemistry
First of all, it helps to build team chemistry. The best teams are the ones with a lot of talent, of course, but they are also the ones where the players really know each other. This means that they will get along and always be on the same page. For team sports, it really is about the team. Someone can be as individually impactful as possible, but the team could still lose if they do not all play well together. A team that spends time together when they are not practicing or competing is going to be better than one that spends no time together at all.
Getting to Know New Players
This is especially true if there are new players on the team. Every year, the clubs are going to get new players through the draft and free agency. They are going to let other players go or trade them to other teams. The players who are left need to get to know these new arrivals. They need to welcome them to the team. The sooner they feel like they are really accepted, that they are part of the club, the better they will play.
Rewarding the Players
To some degree, the trip could also just be a reward for the players. People often think that sports stars just get together a few times a week to play a game, that they become millionaires for doing what children do for free, but this is not true at all. Many of them show up to lift weights and run before practice, at five in the morning. Some of them stay to watch tape until the late hours of the night. They put in an incredible amount of work during the course of the season, so the owner wants to reward them for that and give them some time to really relax. This is good for morale, it makes players want to stay on that particular team, and it shows the players that all of their sacrifices have not been taken for granted.
Rewarding the Families
Similarly, the trip could be a reward to the families of these players. They rarely get to spend as much time together as they would like during a season. The players are always traveling to play in other cities and other countries. Some of them play on Sundays, meaning that they are working on days that their families may traditionally have off from work. They miss out on the normal lives that most people live. This can put strain on a family, but a relaxing trip together can help to make it all worth the trouble in the end.