a number of persons forming one of the sides in a game or contest: a football team.
a number of persons associated in some joint action: a team of advisers.
It’s your good friend Q again with another one of my views inside of yoyoing. Teams.
Some people will get mad about this, and they are probably the people who will benifit most from reading this.
But before I start, I must say that this is not me trying to pick on anyone, it’s just what I see going on.
Also, before I start, I would like to say, that in my mind, there is a huge difference in being on a sponsored team such as General-Yo or YYF, and a forum team based around somebody who makes 50 strings every month.
Now that that’s out of the way.
Alright. Since I started on these forums and in yoyoing, I have seen a great increase in people wanting to start “Teams”. Whether it be for their products or just because.
I don’t understand why this is happening. To me, yoyoing should be seen as a joint effort by everyone (The Bust a move forum game for instance), and the creation of twelve thousand different teams really impedes the sense of community. I know, that people feel closer when people are on a “team” with one another. We yoyo. Teams are for things like football, where you do have some reason to have certain people to work with, but the fact remains, that we yoyo!! It isn’t like football where if everyone goes off in a different direction, someone is going to get hurt.
We play with peices of plastic tied to our fingers, and having to have a team fior something as ridiculous as that is…well ridiculous.
I want to say two things before I go.
I am not against the creation of “Teams” in the yoyo world. Look at Team YoYoJam and Team YoYoFactory, they are some of the best, gathered under one company. This is what I mean when I say, I’m not against the formation of teams, because they know each other. It isn’t like on the forums where the sole purpose of teams seems to be being better or having more people or better players. They get together and yoyo, and have fun with it, come up with new Ideas and share them. They don’t need team “Meetings” in a chat room, because being on a team is never important enough to ever have to have a meeting about. And this is where I have to pick on someone. All of the Members of Tema AirGlow should really be commended. Because they don’t make a big thing about it. You hardly ever see anything about team Airglow in the boards. They have it figured out.
Yeah. I know I sound like a hypocrit. Because I do belong to The DTI Company “Team”. But that is because I LOVE what Mike stands for, and I love the company. And I’d stand by it, even if he decided to kick me off one day. Mike has really helped me become the yoyoer that I am today, and I wish I could find a way to pay him backl for the oppurtunites that he has opened up, and repping DTI is the way that I do it. He helps me with tricks, I help him with tricks and designs. That’s what a team is, a group of people trying to move in the same direction for the same reason, and then decide to join together. Not people who join together and then decide to move in the same direction.
Oh, by the way. All this talk of teams reminds me. Me and my good friend Jacob Lindgren have been working on a little side project. It’s called Team No Phrills. It’s a team. Yeah. But no team meetings. No special yoyos. Not even t-shirts. It’s a team that flows in one direction, and still has fun with yoyoing. We don’t get caught up in who’s the best, or what trick is hot. We do our own thing. Anybody can join, as long as you can step back and laugh at yourself for yoyoing.
And this may be the best advice that I think I will ever give:
spread it, teach it, give it away.
But never sell out for any company. Ever.
That’s all I have to say about that,