INTRODUCTION TO START PRACTICE/GAME
This week our virtue theme is FLEXIBILITY – The strength to respond to change with ease. FLEXIBILITY is necessary for everything in life. We need to be FLEXIBLE with our teammates, with our coaches, and with the ups and the downs of the season that are sure to come.
Thank you, Lord, for this day, this opportunity, this time together. Strengthen our wills and forge our resolve to be FLEXIBLE in our pursuit of excellence in every area of our life. Does anyone have any prayer intentions? Who wants to lead us in a prayer?
STORY TO TELL IMMEDIATELY AFTER PRAYER
Dan Gable: Champion Wrestler
Dan Gable is an American wrestling legend! As a high school wrestler, Gable posted a 64-0 high school record, winning 3 Iowa state championships. Then after high school, Gable wrestled at Iowa State University where he won two NCAA titles and completed an overall record of 181-1. Probably most impressive was when Gable became the head wrestling coach at the University of Iowa and how he coached his teams to 17 NCAA National Championships! Below is a short story of the 1972 Olympics that illustrates just how courageous and FLEXIBLE Gable was when it came to facing adversity.
After a college career in which Gable won two National titles and lost only one match, he found a new motivation—-the Russians, the dominant force in wrestling. Before the Olympic games of 1972, Gable had defeated a dozen Russians in dual meets. At a banquet after one match, the Russians made a vow to Gable that they would find someone before the games in Munich who would beat him.
Between the banquet and the Olympics, Gable tore the cartilage in his left knee. The doctors recommended an operation, but Gable wouldn’t hear of it—-he just kept on practicing. The injury did, however, force Gable to alter his wrestling style.
“I changed my style of wrestling from simply offensive scoring to what I call defensive, offensive scoring. In this situation, I actually made myself a better wrestler because I learned a new way of scoring.”
Neither the Russians nor any other country found a wrestler who could beat Dan Gable in the 1972 Olympics. He won the gold medal without giving up a single point to any of his six opponents. Dan Gable had a goal, and he would not allow anything or anyone stop him.
QUESTIONS TO ENGAGE PLAYERS
How many times do we complain and despair when injuries or adversity occur?
What did Gable do when adversity occurred for him?
How can we learn from his experience?
RESOLUTION TO WORK ON DURING PRACTICE/GAME
When adversity strikes in practice this week, choose to be FLEXIBLE instead of despairing. Choose to respond proactively with optimism no matter what. Encourage your teammates to do the same.
Ask individually as many players as you can during practice/game the below:
How can you be more flexible this week/this season in your role on the team to help us be more successful?
END OF PRACTICE/GAME PRAYER
Lord God, I love You! Thank you for Your love and sacrifice for us when you came to earth. You showed us the virtue of FLEXIBILITY, that no matter what your followers did, you loved them and showed them the way to salvation. Help us, Lord God, help us to have faith in You and be flexible in our attitudes and actions because we know that You love us and will always take care of us.
WAY TO LIVE THE VIRTUE THIS WEEK
Choose to be flexible with your teachers this week in school. Adjust to new and different assignments, pop quizzes and new rules. Respond to things you may not necessarily like with a great attitude!
FLEXIBILITY QUOTES FOR THE WEEK
*Each day this week communicate the quote of the day.
“The measure of intelligence is the ability to change.” – Albert Einstein
“Not wanting to change, constantly fighting change, and being afraid of change; these are all extremely stressful mental dispositions, because let’s face it—-change happens! Learn to embrace change, flow with change and even proactively make changes.” – Gudjon Bergmann
“Flexibility is a requirement for survival.” – Roger Von Oech
“There’s a mindset of flexibility and adaptability that comes with us. We don’t mind hardship. We don’t mind somebody saying, “Go in and do this nasty job.” Whatever the job is, we can do it. They’s why the nation has a Marine Corps.” – James F. Amos
“Empty your mind, be formless, shapeless – like water. Now you put water into a cup, it becomes the cup, you put water into a bottle, it becomes the bottle, you put it in a teapot, it becomes the teapot. Now water can flow or it can crash. Be water, my friend.” – Bruce Lee
“The brain’s strong point is its flexibility. It is unsurpassed at making shrewd guesses and at grasping the total meaning of information presented to it.” – Jeremy Campbell
“It’s not that some people have willpower and some don’t. It’s that some people are willing to change and others are not.” – Carl Sandburg