With my school finally beginning our season, we are about to receive our team assignments (same day we know who made the team/got cut off). Every year, we usually don't know who we're working with until the very first meeting. All we know is that each team has six people.
Last year, my best friend and I (who are semi-confident we will be on the same team) both observed some disastrous team chemistry from both of our teams. Essentially what you hear about all the time - only 2-3 people on the team doing work, and others goofing off, on their phones, or just not caring at all about how the team does. This would be alright if those 2-3 people actually working can get their work done, but the team still has to account for them (what do they say during an interview at a tournament, what is their documented "role" on the team?). Sometimes it gets to the point where the people actually doing the work become toxic with those who don't, and makes it even harder for the people who don't work to actually have a reason to work.
Does anybody have experience with this and could impart some knowledge?