United - Day 5


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

May 25, “A Small-Ball Mentality”, The One Year, Uncommon Life, Daily Challenge, Tony Dungy

Baseball players are often rewarded for their stats.  Batting average, extra base hits, and home runs are markers often reviewed when contract negotiations begin.  How are they rewarded? Through the terms, particularly compensation, of their next contract when they hit free agency.  The problem?  It’s still a team game, and the team needs them to do things that don’t show up on the stats sheet----things like bunting, taking an extra base, and hitting behind the runner even if it causes them to make an out. Things that people in baseball refer to as “small ball.”

In 2007, the Colorado Rockies finished the year on a remarkable run and headed to the World Series, even without the depth of talent many other teams had.  How did the Rockies do it? By an emphasis on the overall team, with the individual team members working together for the overall good of the organization.  The Rockies’ president, Keli McGregor, and manager, Clint hurdle, built an organization on team concepts and people with character.  Not necessarily “choir boys,” but the kind of character that puts the organization first----- character that follows the vision and direction the leadership sets forth because it has been clearly and compellingly communicated.

That idea of working together for a common purpose should be taught from the first time a child picks up a ball in the youth leagues to high school and college.  Too many athletes are looking to move up and get the best opportunity they can-----at the expense of the overall good of others and the common purpose and success of the team.  And not just athletes……We all tend to analyze things by “what’s in it for me.” You don’t have to be a marque player…..Your common purpose reveals your true character.

WORKOUT: Have the team answer the following questions:

  • What are some reasons athletes play for the name on the back of the jersey vs the name on the front? 
  • What will it take for the team to become you united? 

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 ___________________________.

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