I wrote before that I joined a new team on my ladies league b/c they asked me to join b/c they wanted pointers and to improve their games.
At my league playoffs (where we placed SECOND!), one of my ex teammates who I hadn't seen in many, many months came up to me and we gave each other a great big hug! I have really missed her.
We chatted just a little bit and before we each had to play in our matches, but she asked me, "Why did you join that team?"
I replied, "Because they wanted me to help them with their game."
"Well, are you?"
But then she was whisked away for a team meeting.
Hmm... good question.
WAS I helping my teammates?
"I have no idea!" I thought to myself.
I mean, I have shown them shots after league, but only a handful of times. And they have asked me, "how would you have shot that?" kinda questions after they played, but was I really helping them?
The next day, while we are still in the playoffs, my teammate walks by our table after a great out! And she says to the captain, "I knew I could make that ball because I have seen Melinda make it before."
My ears perk up. Omg really?
Then after a few more games, my captain tells me, "Laurie is really focused on you when you play."
"She is?" I ask.
"Yea, she said she loves to watch you play because you play so calm and have such a cool demeanor about you. And, she sees you stay down well and take your time."
I was thinking, "wow, really?"
Then another teammate jumps in on the convo - "Yes, we love to watch you play - we learn so much from your choices and how you handle yourself during the matches. Plus, you come with some really awesome shots sometimes!"
So, I guess I got my answer. I really HAVE helped my teammates!
And not by just showing them a few shots after their matches, but by them watching me play my matches.
How freaking cool!