The EDITOR, Sir:
As the Reggae Boyz exit their 2014 World Cup bid, I find myself wondering if the theoretical construct of team deve-lopment in management or in the behavioural sciences would also apply to sports teams like the Reggae Boyz. So, let us consider the following facts:
1. A team is not a team because it is called 'a team'.
2. A team is not a team because everyone is wearing the same uniform.
3. A team is more than a collection of individuals.
4. Every time an individual joins or exits a team, you have a new team.
5. Tuckman says "A 'team' goes through a predictable process before it is ready to perform."
7. It was Kurt Lewin who said:"There is nothing so practical as a good theory," and it seems to me that the Reggae Boyz are repeatedly being asked to perform without enough attention being given to (a), (b), and (c) above, and so have been constantly underperforming. Those areas are where I believe that mysterious but vital thing called 'team chemistry' is built.
Furthermore, it is my belief that if we select our national team and keep them together, coaching them together and having them play together in preparation for the next World Cup or any other significant competition, they will perform more successfully than any 'quick pick aggregation'. No disrespect to our international players, but have you ever noticed that they seldom perform for Jamaica as they perform for their clubs overseas?
Let us think on these things!