Set the Table
Although we need to “thank the passer” (reference to our Thank The Passer exercise) any time a teammate tries to lead us up, not all advice and leadership is positive.
Whether a teammate is intentionally leading us in the wrong direction or doing so because they don’t know better, part of our maturity as a leader to be able to sort through the noise to find the good while getting rid of the bad.
This isn’t an easy task.
In many ways, we have to become detectives; listening closely, looking for clues, identifying motives and sort through the noises and messages we’re consuming, to find the truth.
As a healthy follower, we can’t follow everything, we have to be selective and follow the leadership that is beneficial to our growth.
Our Detective exercise will teach players how to follow well and how to discern what is worthy to be followed.
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See Detective in action below to get a better understanding of how to teach the the Exercise.
Exercise Reminder Card
To emphasize and reinforce the lessons learned in this exercise with your players, download and share this graphic with them 24 hours after completing the exercise.
Use these questions below to engage after you have taught the exercise.
- What is the main goal of the role of the Detective?
- What does it mean to decipher a message?
- What does it mean to discern a message?
Coaches, use the below question, reflection, and action to engage parents, guardians, and other family members in the lessons learned in this exercise.
Suggestions on how to use: Email to parents the day you have taught this lesson, add it to the materials you send home, or text it to text message threads with your players.
- Question: What are the 3 D’s of being a detective?
- Reflection: When was the last time you didn’t take the time to discern a message and it ended up being a mistake?
- Action: Go through and audit your social media. Who do you follow that is not beneficial for your growth as a person? Who do you follow that is beneficial for your growth as a person? Audit your network by deciphering and discerning who and what is best for you.
Coach, take a moment to reflect on the lesson and how you can lead by example to your players.