I just came across an interesting article on the Internet that said the Tennessee Volunteers, currently the #11-ranked team in the nation, have a team policy that bans cell phone use by players at team activities and on team road trips.
Many of today's young adults live on their phones. And many of them, at this point, have grown up with them being ubiquitous and in the hands of most of their peers. So it much come as quite a shock when they are suddenly banned at team dinners and on team bus trips.
But this rule can have many benefits. Cell phones are a convenient excuse to ignore the people in front of you. But building relationships among teammates and building trust by forcing the teammates to interact could have a very positive effect on team chemistry, and can help foster lifelong friendships. It also can give the Lady Vols an edge over other teams who may not have such a policy.
When I was young I spent long hours with various teams, and without cell phones or other technology we were forced to entertain ourselves. And it was a lot of fun! I have lots of very fond memories of my teammates singing or performing on the bus, or trying to make each other laugh or gross each other out. Many of my best friendships were formed at these events, and If we all had cell phones I may have missed many of those opportunities.
This is a refreshing story to hear, and I think the Lady Vols ban on cell phones at team events is a great idea!