Here is a list of lesson topics that will be provided over the coming weeks. Each lesson will consist of a lesson goal and a script. The lessons are designed to be presented at the close of the post-practice meeting. After giving specific feedback to your players about the practice, you have the opportunity to present the lesson.
I close each lesson by having the kids come in and put their hands together and I offer a summary statement and/or a prayer that is based on the lesson that was presented. If you decide to pray, I suggest you start the prayer with an announcement that you are about to pray and that the kids can listen or not, but ask that they be respectfully silent during the prayer. After the summary statement we celebrate with our team cheer. I believe it is best to send the kids home with a single message that applies to all of them, which is why I present the lesson summary at the close to reinforce it.
I suggest you hold your post-practice meeting where you are accessible to the parents so they can hear the lesson. This will give them the opportunity to continue the discussion about the lesson during the drive home. It will also clearly demonstrate your focus on their child’s future.
Below, I have listed the lessons to be presented at each practice.
LESSON ONE: Who do we play for and introduction of the team cheer.
LESSON TWO: How do we use our talents and gifts to always play for each other.
LESSON THREE: What is a leader? Who is a leader?
LESSON FOUR: Listening is the starting point of leadership.
LESSON FIVE: The influence of our words. How can our words help or hurt people? Verbal leadership.
LESSON SIX: The influence or our deeds. How can our actions help or hurt people? Action leadership.
LESSON SEVEN: The Bucket Ceremony. The development and permanence of “The Team”.
LESSON EIGHT: Forgiveness is the most powerful leadership opportunity.
LESSON NINE: Forgiving yourself is the most difficult but important step to leadership.
LESSON TEN: Win Loss record versus WINNING AND LOSING. Real-time leadership.
LESSON ELEVEN: The “trophy” talk; Defining success and the importance of trophies.
LESSON TWELVE: The “undefeated season” talk; a record that lasts.
Be intentional and remember, Always Play 4 Each Other!
The PDF is a great handout for the parents.