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  • Listens before talking
  • Tries hard to avoid mistakes
  • Respects the coach and mentors

Knight Characteristics

  • Very protective of close friends and family
  • Has a strong but hidden value system
  • Becomes upset when their values are compromised
  • Great listener
  • More focused on their teammates and specific team members than winning
  • Naturally tends to internally process and consider things
  • May appear uninterested in socializing or being around a lot of people
  • Often surprised when others don’t see them as social
  • Tend to clam up when upset
  • Often great with pets and animals
  • Needs extra time with their few close friends/family




Knight Strengths

  • Listens before talking
  • Tries hard to avoid making mistakes
  • Respects the coach and mentors

Knight Struggles

  • May let criticism hurt their feelings
  • Could have trouble dealing with team conflict
  • Sometimes will not open up and say what’s bothering them

Knight Inspirations

  • Establishing their own values
  • Praise from those they respect
  • Respect given for individual needs
  • The team comes together supporting each other


This type is not as interested in socializing, being in crowded public places, and meeting new faces as other types. Yet at the same time, social cohesion is highly important to Knights– they want to spend time with close friends and family.

Possibly the strongest defining trait is that rules are important to the Knight. Things like principles are strongly held and there’s not much give in their belief system. The typical Knight tends to be a deep thinker, and others may see them as introverted or burdened. This perception is only partly true, but there is a tendency for the Knight to read too much into what people say and do.

Effects of Defining Traits

Knights expect other people to follow rules. They also expect authority figures to enforce rules. Because the social needs of the Knight are complex, others may feel that they are hard to get to know and even send mixed signals. Yet, once one becomes close with a Knight they will notice some warmth.

The Knight desires harmony in the relationships they form. Because of the Knight’s emotional makeup, they tend to clam up when upset. It’s not easy to get them to talk about things that make them upset.

During Athletic Competition

The Knight’s traits have more impact in the off-season and practice than during competition. For instance, how teammates relate to one another and practice in the off-season can have an impact on the Knight’s overall feeling about the upcoming season and program.

The typical Knight has a pregame ritual which involves quiet time, usually away from others, or is engaged in something like closing their eyes and listening to music on their headphones and shutting off the outside world. They tend to be more focused on technique and body position than on the actions of the opponent.

Helping The Knight

The first thing the coach, teacher, or mentor must do in order to help the Knight is to earn their trust. This is done primarily by following rules, processes, and procedures. The Knight has a difficult time relating to a coach who tries to be friends with their players and runs a loose program. The Knight needs help dealing with ambiguity, uncertainty and gray areas– the Knight is too quick to judge something as good or bad. Point out that some situations are ambivalent – have both positive and negative elements.

The Knight also has difficulty dealing with what is called avoidance – avoidance conflict, this is a situation when two things need to be done but both are unpleasant. The Knight has difficulty coming up with a plan and prioritizing things in this kind of situation. There is a slight tendency for the Knight to feel like they are a martyr.

While it is not advised that you encourage a feeling of “misery loves company”, it might help to point out that the Knight is not the only one who has to face adversity. There is not one single method that will work with every Knight but the Knight needs help opening up and talking about what is bothering them. At the very least, touch base each day with the Knight and ask them how things are going.

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Prominent Pro Athlete Knights

  • Marcus Mariota, football
  • Kirk Cousins, football
  • Teddy Bridgewater, football
  • Le’Veon Bell, football
  • Dez Bryant, football
  • Jamal Adams, football
  • Draymond Green, basketball
  • Giancarlo Stanton, baseball
  • Manny Machado, baseball
  • Francisco Lindor, baseball
  • Will Manny, lacrosse
  • Tommy Kelly, lacrosse
  • Oupa Mohoje, rugby
  • Franco Smith, rugby
  • Dave Miller, cricket
  • Tanya Mostert, netball

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