INTRODUCTION TO START PRACTICE/GAME
This week we are going to focus on the virtue of TEAMWORK – The strength to put the good of the team above one’s own personal good. (Share a memory from this season when you saw the team really, really live the spirit and virtue of TEAMWORK whether it be in a practice, game, or other situation.)
God You are the perfect example of TEAMWORK. Father, Son and Holy Spirit. Three Persons yet One God. May we follow Your example as we are many teammates yet we are one team. Help us to set aside all our differences and truly be a TEAM in our efforts to be the best we can be.
Does anyone have any prayer intentions? Who wants to lead us in a prayer?
STORY TO TELL IMMEDIATELY AFTER PRAYER
There was a Running Back – Kick/Punt Returner on a team.
He was one of the best athletes in the state of KY.
The young man’s nickname was “Flea” – not too big but hard to see and hard to catch …
They hand out award stickers on Mondays from the previous game so the players can put them on their helmets …
Coach hands Flea 2 more for his performance and he begins to walk away.
“Flea, where are you going?” “I’m going to give these to my offensive linemen … without them I don’t get any yards”
Coach later sees the back of Flea’s helmet – which should have over 20 stickers on it … NOT 1.
He has given them all away.
QUESTION TO ENGAGE PLAYERS
Organize (describe) a team party that you could realistically have between now and the end of the season. Ask your players to come up with the following: Theme for the party, food, drink, games, competitions, location, how you plan on getting everyone on the team to it, how you will pay for it … Then do it and have some fun as a team.
RESOLUTION TO WORK ON DURING PRACTICE/GAME
Let’s practice the virtue of TEAMWORK right now by truly playing as a team, passing, encouraging and never criticizing one another.
Coach, look for players living TEAMWORK especially those who might have struggled with it beforehand. Tell them you noticed their effort and that you are proud of them.
Ask individually as many players as you can during practice/game the below:
Which member of our team helps us work together the most? What do they do that helps?
Tell me about your cousins and extended family. Do you come from a big extended family?
END OF PRACTICE/GAME PRAYER
Thank You Lord for the blessing and gift to be a part of this TEAM. There are many people in this world who are lonely, who are alone, who are sick in hospitals … They don’t have a TEAM like ours to be a part of. We pray that You help them in their loneliness and sickness. We also want to thank (name a few teammates who lived the virtue during that practice/game). We can all be more a TEAM this week by doing our part to help make the team party happen.
WAY TO LIVE THE VIRTUE THIS WEEK
Do your part to help make the team party happen.
Remind players to tell their parents and siblings the story.
QUOTES FOR THE WEEK
*Each day this week communicate the quote of the day.
“I have friends in overalls whose friendship I would not swap for the favor of the kings of the world.” – Thomas A. Edison
“One man can be a crucial ingredient on a team, but one man cannot make a team.” – Kareem Abdul-Jabbar
“My responsibility is getting all my players playing for the name on the front of the jersey, not the one on the back.” – Source Unknown
“A lot of our team commitment is a silent understanding that each one of us has poured our life into what we’re doing.” – Claire Carver-Dias
“When you need a friend, you can always count on your teammates.” – Jim Brown
“Hard work and togetherness. They go hand in hand. You need hard work because it’s such a tough atmosphere. You need togetherness because you don’t always win and you gotta hang tough together.” – Tony Dungy
“The glory of sport is witnessing a well-coached team perform as a single unit, striving for a common goal and ultimately bringing distinction to the jersey the players represent.” – Dick Vitale