Read the short story and award the Character Certificate for the week.

The Charge of the Light Brigade | By Alfred, Lord Tennyson

Half a league, half a league,
Half a league onward,
All in the valley of Death
Rode the six hundred.
“Forward, the Light Brigade!
Charge for the guns!” he said.
Into the valley of Death
   Rode the six hundred.

Forward, the Light Brigade!”
Was there a man dismayed?
Not though the soldier knew
   Someone had blundered.
   Theirs not to make reply,
   Theirs not to reason why,
   Theirs but to do and die.
   Into the valley of Death
   Rode the six hundred.


Cannon to right of them,
Cannon to left of them,
Cannon in front of them
   Volleyed and thundered;
Stormed at with shot and shell,
Boldly they rode and well,
Into the jaws of Death, Into the mouth of hell
   Rode the six hundred.  

 WORKOUT: Have the team answer the following questions:

  • What obstacle is in your path that you need to have courage to overcome?
  • What is stopping you from Answering the Call…fear of failure, inferior skill, you do not feel connected to the team, or you do not understand the sport? 

Athlete of the Week: Coach summarizes his choice for the award.

  • Introduction: Each athlete is in the process of building their character story. The character athlete for this week is ___________________________.


  • Team Leader concludes practice by leading the Final Four as their teammates echo it back as yesterday.