INTRODUCTION TO START PRACTICE/GAME
This week we focus on the virtue of COMMUNICATION – The strength to convey and share one’s ideas, feelings and concerns. Anything great that we want to achieve in life takes COMMUNICATION. We cannot accomplish our goals as a team, a family, a business without excellent and constant COMMUNICATION.
Prayer is COMMUNICATING with You, Lord. Sharing, venting, telling you all of our wants, needs, hopes. But also listening. Listening to Your will for us, Your vision for our life. Give us the strength and inspiration to pray every day, Lord, and give us the virtue to COMMUNICATE well as a team.
Does anyone have any prayer intentions? Who wants to lead us in a prayer?
STORY TO TELL IMMEDIATELY AFTER PRAYER
ACTIONS AND WORDS ACTIVITY
Many people choose to lead by example.
That is a very good thing.
A better thing is to lead by example AND lead by our words.
Let’s try something:
Everyone untie their right shoe.
Now put your right hand behind your back and try tying your shoe with only your left hand.
It is not so easy.
We really need BOTH hands.
So it is with being a great leader.
You need both example and words to effectively communicate as a leader.
QUESTION TO ENGAGE PLAYERS
How can we encourage one another to speak up and communicate – to be vocal leaders?
RESOLUTION TO WORK ON DURING PRACTICE/GAME
Let’s put all this into life right now by being vocal leaders.
Coach, praise those players who come out of their shell a bit trying to be more of a vocal leader.
Ask individually as many players as you can during practice/game the below:
On a scale of 1-10 how well do you think our team COMMUNICATES? WHY?
Who do you find it easiest to COMMUNICATE with in your life? Why?
END OF PRACTICE/GAME PRAYER
Heavenly Father, we thank You for the gift of our ability to speak and COMMUNICATE. Many people do not have this gift. May we not take it for granted. Give us the strength to overcome our fears of COMMUNICATING and inspire us to overcome our laziness to be vocal leaders in our lives.
May we grown in this virtue this week by talking with someone we have been meaning to COMMUNICATE with in a while but have not … A teacher, friend, family member, former teammate …
WAY TO LIVE THE VIRTUE THIS WEEK
Talk with someone you have been meaning to COMMUNICATE with in a while but have not … A teacher, friend, family member, former teammate …
Remind players to tell their parents and siblings the story.
QUOTES FOR THE WEEK
*Each day this week communicate the quote of the day.
“The way a team plays as a whole determines its success. You may have the greatest bunch of individual stars in the world, but if they don’t play together, the club won’t be worth a dime.” – Babe Ruth
“Sports are 90% inspiration and 10% perspiration.” – Johnny Miller
“It is necessary for us to learn from others’ mistakes. You will not live long enough to make them all yourself.” – Hyman G. Rickover
“Feedback is the breakfast of champions.” – Ken Blanchard
“My mother taught me to believe I could achieve any accomplishment. The first was to walk without braces.” – Wilma Rudolph, track athlete
“A pat on the back is only a few vertebrae removed from a kick in the pants, but is miles ahead in results.” – Ella Wheeler Wilcox
“You don’t get harmony when everybody sings the same note.” – Doug Floyd
*Share this image with your players to create a visual to help them understand how virtue is a strength.