Janssen begins chapter six with a discussion on complementary roles and the importance of role playing. He states, “most players vie for the glamour roles of leading scorer, home run hitter, running back etc.” (pp. 93). Janssen argues that this can become problematic, players on a team need to get down and dirty, partake in roles less glamorous, and be happy about this seemingly demoted state. Janssen then provides a prime example of an MVP given to a player who rarely played. He spent hours rebounding, analyzing game film with coaches, and only played mere minutes during the entire season. This example is a nice picture of what should happen, but it is far cry from reality. I would challenge Janssen to find five similar examples of a “behind the scenes” MVP. If coaches want to get more out of their behind the scenes players they need to give light and star power to those players just as they would their point accruing king(s). I would be surprised to find an athlete that wasn’t interested or motivated by a limelight position. Janssen attempts to provide another behind the scenes example with Michael Jordan and Steve Kerr. I am not a big basketball buff, but I know who Michael Jordan is. I know he was a great player who won many games and championships. Steve Kerr…rings no bells and I wonder if he ever received the praise and status that Michael Jordan did, my guess would be he did not. If coaches want their players to get down and dirty, they need to spend some time shinning up these dirty roles and giving them some star power.
Levi, D. (2011) Group dynamics for teams. California: SAGE Publications, Inc.