In this lesson our goal is to teach the kids that leadership starts with listening. Being a leader requires that you know something about the people you are leading. Most conversations between kids aren’t really conversations at all. Often, a child is simply waiting for his or her turn to talk rather than listening to what is being said. Listening is a skill that needs to be learned and practiced or the child will grow up waiting for their turn to talk. [Read more…] about APIVEO™ LESSON FOUR
Always Play for Each Other
I recently had a conversation with a friend and fellow coach. I asked him if he was coaching this season, and he said, “I thought about it, but when I coached last year, I was just a warm body standing in the outfield”. My heart broke.
Many volunteer youth coaches of kids in grades K-6 succumb to the “warm body syndrome.” This occurs when an individual graciously, but often reluctantly, agrees to coach because there are not enough coaches to form teams for all of the kids that signed up (including his or her own kid). [Read more…] about Cure the “Warm Body Syndrome”
How do we use our talents and gifts to Always Play 4 Each Other?
This lesson is at the core of APIVEO. The goal is to demonstrate that “Always Playing 4 Each Other” is an intentional effort in that we use our gifts to help others achieve something. “Always Play 4 Each Other” is not the same as simply letting others go first and putting you second. Instead, your purpose is specifically to benefit someone else and that takes effort regardless of where you may end up. The following dialog will demonstrate this concept in a fun and engaging way. [Read more…] about APIVEO™ LESSON TWO
This lesson will introduce the team to the phrase “Always Play 4 Each Other.” It should be a fun and interactive conversation. The goal is to have the players identify “each other” as important to the team. The level of importance will be reinforced throughout the next lessons as well as in the cheer, which is a great way to get the team to repeat the message together.
These lessons are best presented at the end of practice. I always give the lesson in a place where the parents can experience it as well. In baseball I will bring the team to the fence and ask the parents to join us on the other side of the fence if they like. [Read more…] about APIVEO™ LESSON ONE
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. [Read more…] about APIVEO Lessons: Overview