Athlete Types Compatibility: Introduction

Compatibility is something that plays a huge role in everyday life. It comes into play with family, friends, colleagues, and co-workers. Compatibility is essentially how well two or more people can work together to achieve a common goal.

In the biggest moments, when teamwork and coordination is absolutely necessary, how well you know your teammates could make all the difference in the world. There may not be a place where compatibility matters more, or has a bigger impact on success then in the world of sports.

The connection and chemistry between teammates can go a long way in determining how well that team will perform when their backs are against the wall. Teams where all the players trust and understand each other and the roles everyone plays, are usually the teams who enjoy the most success.

When talking about compatibility an underlying factor in how people relate and interact with each other is their personality. With the AthleteTypes system, there has been clear development in how specific athlete types interact with others, based on their mental tendencies.

How compatible are Trailblazers and Knights? What can be done to improve their understanding of one another in order to facilitate the growth of trust and understanding that are essential ingredients in becoming a great team?

In our Athlete Burnout series we evaluated each individual athlete type’s potential burnout tendencies and ways to avoid athlete burnout altogether. For this series, we will go much deeper as we delve into each individual athlete type and include in-depth, specific information about how compatible they are with the other seven athlete types, and ways to help them understand how they fit with their teammates who may have different mindsets than they do.

Here is an overview of the potential compatibility and friction between the eight different athlete types:

For a downloadable PDF version of the above chart, be sure to check out our Resources page, and while you’re there check out some of the other helpful tools we have available for free!

In each of these individual articles, you will see information and tips for each athlete type and how they can best understand their teammates of other athlete types.

Note that this compatibility from the perspective of teammates or people of equal status. This should not be viewed from the perspective of coaches and players or parents and children, but peer-to-peer compatibility. 

The articles can not only help young athletes better understand themselves and their relationship with their teammates, but for parents and coaches, it is a good indicator for how different children and parents will get along, and what can be done to better these relationships.

The compatibility chart is not the end-all be-all for relationships between people with different athlete types. It’s based on generalizations, and obviously not everyone with the same athlete type behaves the same way, this series is meant to serve as a basic guideline for interactions and relationships.