INTRODUCTION TO START PRACTICE/GAME
Our virtue this week is JUSTICE – The strength to always give everyone his or her rightful due. In sports most of the time we view JUSTICE with regard to the referees … but we should also reflect on how we are giving our coaches, teammates, fans and family members their rightful due.
Almighty God, the fountain of all JUSTICE, You know our necessities before we ask. Have compassion on our weakness, and mercifully bless us with those things which we need to follow You more faithfully. Give us the JUSTICE to always do Your will.
Does anyone have any prayer intentions? Who wants to lead us in a prayer?
STORY TO TELL IMMEDIATELY AFTER PRAYER
(This story is the same as the video clip included on next page)
Both Western Oregon and Central Washington compete as Division II softball programs in the Great Northwest Athletic Conference. Neither had ever reached the NCAA tournament at the Division II level. The score was 0-0, and Sara Tucholsky of Western Oregon hit a shot over center field but something went very wrong.
While she was doubling back to tag first base, Tucholsky’s right knee gave out. The two runners who had been on base already had crossed home plate, leaving her the only offensive player on the field of play, even as she lay crumpled in the dirt a few feet from first base and a long way from home plate.
As Umpires were confirming that the only option available … Knox said, “I heard, ‘Excuse me, would it be OK if we carried her around and she touched each bag?'”The voice belonged to Mallory Holtman, a four-year starter who owns just about every major offensive record there is to claim in Central Washington’s record book.
Holtman and shortstop Liz Wallace lifted Tucholsky off the ground and supported her weight between them as they began a slow trip around the bases, stopping at each one so Tucholsky’s left foot could secure her passage onward. Accompanied by a standing ovation from the fans, they finally reached home plate and passed the home run hitter into the arms of her own teammates. Then Holtman and Wallace returned to their positions and tried to win the game. Central Washington did rally for two runs in the bottom of the second — runs that might have tied the game had Knox been forced to replace Tucholsky — but Western Oregon held on for a 4-2 win.
Sara Tucholsky, Mallory Holtman and Liz Wallace were all first team Academic All Americans in the Great Northwest Athletic Conference.
QUESTIONS TO ENGAGE PLAYERS
The virtuous understanding of competition is see your competitor as someone who can bring out the best in you and your team. They are NOT to be viewed as enemies. How did Central Washington show that they understood this?
Sometimes teams can get so competitive that we begin to resent our own teammates. What can we do to avoid this?
RESOLUTION TO WORK ON DURING PRACTICE/GAME
Let’s give everyone their rightful due by really doing our best here today by giving 100% effort, attention and enthusiasm.
Ask individually as many players as you can during practice/game the below:
Why do you think we get so upset at referees but find it so easy to cut corners ourselves?
Have you experienced an injustice in your life? Tell me about it.
END OF PRACTICE/GAME PRAYER
Dear God, thank You for Your mercy and your JUSTICE. Some people who we may not give their rightful due all the time are our parents. Give us the strength to treat our parents with the respect they deserve this week. In Your name we pray. Amen.
WAY TO LIVE THE VIRTUE THIS WEEK
Treat your parents with the respect they deserve.
Remind players to tell their parents and siblings the story.
JUSTICE QUOTES FOR THE WEEK
*Each day this week communicate the quote of the day.
“The world’s people all share the earnest aspiration to have peace, stability, justice and cooperation.” – Tran Duc Luong
“In matters of truth and justice, there is no difference between large and small problems, for issues concerning the treatment of people are all the same.” – Albert Einstein
“Injustice anywhere is a threat to justice everywhere.” – Martin Luther King, Jr.
“At his best, man is the noblest of all animals; separated from law and justice he is the worst. “ – Aristotle
“Knowledge without justice ought to be called cunning rather than wisdom.” – Plato
“Peace and justice are two sides of the same coin.” – Dwight D. Eisenhower
“If you want peace work for justice.” – Pope Paul VI