In this lesson our goal is to teach the kids that they are all leaders. As early as pre-school kids know there’s something special about being “the line leader.” It’s exciting to have the class follow them. However, it’s not the number of people following that makes one a leader; it’s the actions that result from the choices made. If a child makes a decision and acts on it, he/she has led themselves even if no follows. Therefore, every child on your team is a leader that influences his/her own behavior as well as those around them. In subsequent lessons, we will discuss how to lead but at this point we simply want them to believe that they are leaders. [Read more…] about APIVEO™ LESSON THREE
Christian, who is now eight years old, was playing five year old t-ball. It was a beautiful day, and all of the kids where having a great time. In the third inning, it was Christian’s turn to play pitcher. Anyone who has had a child on a t-ball team knows that the position of pitcher in t-ball is synonymous with “target.” [Read more…] about Through the Eye of a Child
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
APIVEO™ stands for Always Play for (IV) Each Other™. ”Always Play for Each Other™” is a commitment to intentionally use your gifts and talents to help others. When you’re not first…you always win.™
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