Being a fan can be a pretty daunting task, no matter if you are a fan of an individual or a team. Being a fan is not just screaming when they are winning and being petty when they lose, but also showing your support when it matters the most, when they are down.
So, what makes a good fan and how can that fan express their emotions towards their team or players? Here are a couple of ways that fans can express their love for their teams and players.
Make Videos and Send Content to the Athlete or Team
Everybody loves a good fan video. Athletes and teams have humans in them, who can suffer from all the things we do. They are familiar with how it feels to be down and what it is like to lose, more so than the average person, I would dare to say. Athletes love seeing support come from real people, videos and content. Text helps, sure, but it helps even more to see someone’s expressions and the true dedication of a fan going out of their way to express their gratitude towards a player or team. This shows the team that you do care, and that you care in the right way, enough to support them whenever and wherever.
Be Kind to The Athletes/Team in Loss
When your team and athlete is winning, everybody can be happy and joyful. But that is simply not how things go all the time. At some point, one must lose and with that, you need to be kind to the people you support. Whether by sending them positive messages and reinforcement or by simply drowning out the haters and fans who lack empathy, you can help your favorites do better by showing them support when it is the most difficult.
Be Nice When You Meet Your Heroes
Meeting an athlete or an entire team can be a daunting experience. If you have the opportunity to talk to them, be normal about it. Express what you feel and tell them a couple positive words. Talk to them as you would to any other person, with kindness and without too many excited comments.
Players love their fans, especially when they do not try to suffocate them with mindless attention. A normal conversation, a handshake, a photo, all of that will help the athlete in question get through their day better. Also, do not hassle them if they are in a rush.
They Are not Indebted to You, Emotionally or Otherwise
Fans tend to be offended when they get rejected by their athletes for whatever reason. This might hurt, actually, it will hurt, but they have their own lives and if you catch them at a bad moment, things may slip out of hand. This is when you should simply take the rejection and keep supporting them. Your own hurt feelings will pass, particularly if you are reasonable about the athlete in question having their own responsibilities.
Being a good fan towards your athletes and teams can be done through many things. Sometimes, there are things you can do and more often than not, things you should not do as a fan. Either way, be kind to your favorites and support them but be respectful of their time and feelings.