Compatibility Series: Ice, the Methodical Athlete Type
The relationship between players on a team can go a long way in determining success. Mutual understanding leads to more effective communication and a greater feeling of trust amongst teammates, allowing them to play with more confidence in each other, and therefore enabling them to focus on their own responsibilities during game action.
In order to build this understanding, it is important for athletes to understand that their teammates may think differently than they do. Not everyone has the same mentality, drive, focus, or mindset.
While treating others the way you would like to be treated is seen as the “Golden Rule”, in actuality, the best way to handle things is treating others in the way they would like to be treated, because there isn’t any guarantee that the way you would like people to treat you is the same way others would like to be treated themselves.
This is because nearly all of us are different. Understanding these differences and finding out ways in which to handle and manage them are the key to improved team-building. With the eight athlete types, there is an established baseline of understanding.
In this series of articles, we will look at the compatibility of each athlete type, and how they can work to better their relationships, despite some extreme differences in mindset and mental make-up.
Please note that this series is written for peer-to-peer relationships, meaning it is meant for relationships of people of equal status. This means that parent-child and coach-athlete relationships will not necessarily fit these descriptions.
For this article, we will focus on the Ice athlete type, also known as the “Methodical athlete type” and how compatible they are with the other seven types, and what they can focus on to improve some of their weaker connections.
- There will more than likely be some conflict between an Ice and Rocket. The Ice will think that the Rocket is cocky and will grow to dislike their high level of confidence.
- The Rocket will not want to hangout with the Ice very much, and could very well try to avoid them altogether.
- When they do interact, the Rocket should try their best to avoid bragging in front of the Ice, by trying to be humble.
- The Ice needs to realize that Rockets see things in a positive light, and that maybe they can take a page out of the Rocket’s book.
- Ice and Mavericks will produce high rates of conflict.
- The Maverick thinks the Ice is boring and judgemental, but the Ice thinks the Maverick is irresponsible and too loud.
- The Maverick should acknowledge the Ice’s opinion, even if they do not agree, and the Maverick needs to do a better job of listening to the Ice.
- In turn, the Ice needs to be less judgmental of the Maverick, and once in awhile– do something fun and out of the ordinary with the Maverick.
- A pair of Ice athletes will yield low friction, particularly because the two will have a tendency to perceive things worse than they really are, and they could feed off of that from each other.
- This could also be an issue too though, because the pair could work themselves into a frenzy.
- Both of the Ice may need to go outside the pair of them to get a different (3rd party) perspective on something, if they are still looking for the for the right way of doing something.
- When something goes wrong for either Ice, have the other person try to suggest at least one or two “silver linings” or positive things resulting from the experience.
- The Trailblazer in the relationship will feel like the Ice needs to loosen up, whereas the Ice will feel that the Trailblazer is too free-spirited, and needs to take things more seriously– that they lack discipline.
- Both athlete types are known for having loads of energy and spirit, when put on a team or unit together, they will feed off each other’s energy in a positive way.
- Tip: Ice should ask for a Trailblazer’s advice, especially when the Ice athlete can’t see the upside of the options they have. Trailblazers on the other hand, should ask an Ice for ideas regarding forming an action plan, which is more their strong suit.
- In sports, Ice athletes can help Trailblazers set more realistic goals for themselves, whereas the Trailblazer can assist the Ice by telling them to be less self critical, while helping them feel more comfortable communicating.
- There will be chances for moderate issues between the Ice and Eagle. This is because the Ice will see the Eagle as being a fake, and in some instances, a phony who is also shallow. The Eagle will see the Ice as a slob.
- Since the Ice admits their faults and the Eagle does not, the Eagle will allow the Ice to always take the blame if things go poorly/wrong.
- Ice will feel Eagle has a pat answer for most things.
- The Ice can help the Eagle by pointing out the difference in being organized for the sake of being organized– and being organized for the sake of reaching their goals or a set purpose.
- Ice can reduce tension with Eagle by tending to the little things more, like Ice picking up after himself/herself.It will be beneficial if the Eagle can learn to share the blame with the Ice when something goes wrong for the pair.
- The Eagle should also be less picky about some of the Ice’s habits.
- When you have an Ice and Musketeer pair, there will be moderately low level of conflict between the two.
- The Ice will believe that the Musketeer is too forgiving of others when someone does something wrong to them.
- Musketeers will see the Ice as too competitive and “hyper” about things. Musketeer will encourage the Ice to be more social which might help build Ice’s confidence.
- In this pair, the Musketeer will help an Ice if they are going through a tough time.
- It’s best for the pair if the Ice is more patient with the Musketeer, especially in terms of tending to their feelings, rather than being in a big hurry while focusing on their tasks.
- The Musketeer can help Ice be less self-critical and encourage them to “stop and smell the roses”, instead of always pushing towards their goals.
- Musketeer focuses on relationships and feelings whereas Ice tends to focus on the task at hand.
- Ice/Knight duos won’t have loads of conflict, but that doesn’t really mean that their relationship is healthy. Like the Engineer/Engineer combination– the Knight and Ice, when paired, will throw themselves a pity party.
- Both in this duo will a poor job of rallying back from a mistake.
- The Knight will be territorial and possessive. The Ice will feel the Knight is hiding something or holding something back from them, trying to not become closer friends.
- It will be beneficial for both parties if the Ice tries to get the Knight to open to them and talk about things they want to get off their chest. The Knight should also encourage the Ice to see the silver lining when they are going through a difficult time.
- After a tough loss, the Knight and Ice athletes together can help each other get through those deep emotions.
- Ice will see the Engineer as someone who complains too much, but the Engineer will admire the Ice’s drive and the way they strive for their goals.
- They are both moody if something bad happens to the pair, and when they are working together they could become overly upset.
- This makes the Ice/Engineer combination not desirable in a crisis situation.
- Most of the time, the Engineer will defer to the Ice in this kind of scenario.
- The Ice can and should offer suggestions for how to deal with something when the Engineer complains, or has been dealing with a problem.
- Ice should let Engineer make some decisions.
- For example, if they are teammates on a flag football team, it would benefit both parties if the Ice allowed the Engineer to call some plays every once and awhile.