Set the Table

There’s something special that happens when we show the ability to celebrate someone else; the relationship grows, the recipient has his or her confidence boosted and a healthy culture gets cultivated.  All three components are components leaders work to help create.

It’s important we begin to train our athletes and get them into the habit of celebrating others.  They need to develop the “eye of celebrations” that can see and quickly identify reasons to celebrate others.

Through this exercise, it’ll help produce a culture of celebration in a fun and unique way with your players.  Allow this to initiate the momentum of being a team filled with individuals who celebrate each other.

"“I never was a person who celebrated others, especially not publically. It wasn’t because I was afraid to, I just didn’t think about it. Going through the Hype Battle and seeing others celebrate each other, it got me thinking how could I celebrate my teammates better.”"
Junior Girls Varsity Basketball Player

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Lesson Plan

Player Growth Areas

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Example Video

See Hype Battle in action below to get a better understanding of how to teach the the Exercise.

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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.

Quiz Questions

Quiz Questions

Use these questions below to engage after you have taught the exercise.

  • What happens when we show the ability to celebrate someone else?
  • Who is worthy of being celebrated?
  • What 3 things does “Hype” create?
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At Home

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 happens to a teammate’s confidence when they feel celebrated and hyped up?
  • Reflection: How often do you go out of your way to celebrate others’ success?
  • Action: Choose one person this week that you will go out of your way to celebrate and make feel special. Share your plans and your teammate’s reaction.
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Coach’s Reflection

Coach, take a moment to reflect on the lesson and how you can lead by example to your players. 

Coach, does your program have a strong “culture of celebration”? How can it be enhanced? Remember, when we feel better we perform better. Who are three individuals you could celebrate at a high level this week and what could you do to celebrate them?