INTRODUCTION TO START PRACTICE/GAME
Our virtue of the week is RESILIENCE – The strength to be able to withstand or recover quickly from difficult conditions.
Lord, You were the most RESILIENT man ever. You encountered every possible difficulty … hunger, humiliation, traveling, insults … not to mention all You suffered in Your Passion and Death. May we learn how to be RESILIENT like You especially with and for our family members and teammates. Help us to develop the habit of looking for ways to do good for others during sports and in all of life.
Does anyone have any prayer intentions? Who wants to lead us in a prayer?
STORY TO TELL IMMEDIATELY AFTER PRAYER
People are often unreasonable, illogical and self centered;
Forgive them anyway.
If you are kind, people may accuse you of selfish, ulterior motives;
Be kind anyway.
If you are successful, you will win some false friends and some true enemies;
If you are honest and frank, people may cheat you;
Be honest and frank anyway.
What you spend years building, someone could destroy overnight;
If you find serenity and happiness, they may be jealous;
Be happy anyway.
The good you do today, people will often forget tomorrow;
Do good anyway.
Give the world the best you have, and it may never be enough;
Give the world the best you’ve got anyway.
You see, in the final analysis, it is between you and your God;
It was never between you and them anyway.
By Mother Teresa
QUESTIONS TO ENGAGE PLAYERS
Why do you think it is so hard to forgive people who are mean and self-centered?
Which teams that we have played against do you think have been the most RESILIENT? Why?
RESOLUTION TO WORK ON DURING PRACTICE/GAME
Today is all about positive and RESILIENT self-talk … telling ourselves we can do it, believing in ourselves and rejecting the negative or discouraging talk.
Ask individually as many players as you can during practice/game the below:
How often do you engage in positive self-talk?
How often do you have negative, discouraging, self-defeating thoughts?
END OF PRACTICE/GAME PRAYER
We love You, Lord, and we praise You. May we honor You with our hearts, minds, souls and with our playing this sport as well.
Thank you for allowing us to play on this great team, a team of united and caring teammates. That is a blessing which we must not take for granted. Help us to live the virtue of RESILIENCE this week by practicing positive self-talk at least once every day. In Your Name we pay. Amen.
WAY TO LIVE THE VIRTUE THIS WEEK
Practice positive self-talk at least once every day. Tell yourself you can do it, that you are capable of achieving that goal.
Remind players to tell their parents and siblings the story.
QUOTES FOR THE WEEK
*Each day this week communicate the quote of the day.
“Statistics suggest that when customers complain, business owners and managers ought to get excited about it. The complaining customer represents a huge opportunity for more business.” – Zig Ziglar
“Quitters never win and winners never quit.” – Anonymous
“A race is not well-run unless you’ve crossed the finish line knowing you couldn’t have kept going for one more step. If you could have, then you didn’t give it everything you had.” – Jackie Dugall
“All of us get knocked down, but it’s resiliency that matters. All of us do well when things are going well, but the thing that distinguishes athletes is the ability to do well in times of great stress, urgency, and pressure.” – Roger Staubach
“I can accept failure. Everyone fails at something. But I can’t accept not trying.” – Michael Jordan
“If you meet a team with desire, you better be able to match that desire or you will lose.” – Anonymous
“What counts is not the size of the dog in the fight; it’s the size of the fight in the dog.” – President Dwight D. Eisenhower