Archetypes in Sports

If you look around, we can find archetypes in all areas of our daily lives from friend groups we have to things of interest like paintball. The more you think and look into your groups the more noticeable archetypes become. One of the main groups that I can see many different archetypes in is sports. There is an overarching archetype that is put on the sport of Track and Field. Unlike most sports track because of its many different events has smaller groups of archetypes.

I feel like the main archetype that can describe the sport of track would be the initiation. Which is having the main character have experiences that help them grow. Now within this big archetype over the whole sport you then have the smaller archetypes. In each event group jumpers, throwers, sprinters, distance runners you probably have someone in each event that has some type of character archetype. In my experience I will tell you the archetypes that I find in some of my teammates who are all distance runners. John Mangold would be the hero of the because of his innate nature to be good in what he does and wants to defeat evil. There is Sydney who is the mother figure of the group always caring for everyone and tries to keep people in the right path. The Mentor of the group is our coach; making sure everyone is doing the right thing and giving advice. The innocent youth of the track is stereo typically the freshmen of the team; who have inexperience with many things and seek help from others. The team use to have a scapegoat on the team, taking blame for everything bad that happens, who was Andrew. These are only a few of the examples of archetypes that I find in my team.

Unlike archetypes you can find in groups of people there are stereotypes which can be good or bad depending on what people thing of a certain group of people. Not many people like having stereotypes, but in some cases, it can help explain why the average people in certain groups are the way they are. I find that these are the main stereotypes that you will find in track. Distance runners and mid-distance are the smarter and less popular people in the sport. When sprinters are the opposite being dumb and are popular at the school. Throwers and jumpers are considered more of the jock of the sport. Even though stereotyping groups of people into one area can cause problems they usually give you and understanding of that group. Doing this can make a certain group look bad, or good based just off of the stereotype. As long as people understand this and take caution when using stereotypes by not assuming that all people in particular groups act and behave. Then there should not be anything wrong with using stereotypes.

Taking a look at the world you might be surprised how much archetypes there can be in everything we do. Not only does having archetypes give you a sense of the patterns in everything, but it is also universal. Unlike archetypes, stereotypes are a general way the average of a group acts. It can be helpful and harmful to use stereotypes. This is why we consider it the average rather than how the whole group acts. In every group you will always have outliers that can act completely different from the rest of the group. Though there can be consequences in using both archetypes and stereotypes it is essential way to understand how groups act.