The First Like exercise will prevent athletes from stepping out in leadership and their leadership not being received or acknowledged by others.
- The players will learn their performance responsibility when others step out to lead
- The players will learn how to add authority and momentum to their teammates’ leadership
- The players will work to have the positive leadership on the team go “viral” so it reaches everyone
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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 a “like”?
- The goal is to get more “likes” to help the teammates leadership to go ______.
- Likes create an environment that produces greater _____________.
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 does being a “First Like” look like?
- Reflection: How would you feel if you tried to lead and no one responded?
- Action: Every day this week, race to be the First Like for a teammate’s leadership. At dinner, discuss what you did and the response of the leader and your fellow teammates.
Coach, take a moment to reflect on the lesson and how you can lead by example to your players.