Software Update

Set the Table

Each of us carries with us an incredible piece of technology, almost greater than anything the world has ever seen, that has the capacity to change the world, all in the palm of our hands; our cell phones.

Despite the incredibleness of our phones the manufacturer still requires regular “updates” throughout the year. The phones aren’t in need of a complete makeover but rather a small, simple update to remove any “bugs” and provide enhancements.

Many people activate the update immediately while others ignore them. But even those who ignore the update notification eventually face a moment where the phone can’t move forward until an update is completed.

Similar to software updates on our phones, we need “updates” to our IOS (Individual Operating System) as well. Most of us aren’t in need of a complete transformation or extreme makeover (a software upgrade), but rather a series of small, simple updates (software updates) to remove some “bugs” and provide enhancements.

During the Software Update exercise we’ll work on identifying any “bugs” that need removing and layout an Update schedule to improve our own “IOS”

"“Once I heard Software Update presented, it hit me… HARD. It reminded me that I need regular “updates” to my IOS. It allowed me to look at self-improvement in a completely new context.”"
Varsity Point Guard – Senior – Maryland High School

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Lesson Plan

Player Growth Areas

Exercise Length

Language Guide


Individual Operating System


The physical exterior one presents or portrays to others

Software Update

Removal of bugs with the addition of updates designed to enhance the current IOS


The inner workings of who you are that drive what you do


An error, flaw, or fault in your IOS that produces an unexpected result and/or causes one to behave in unintended ways

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Exercise Reminder Card

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Quiz Questions

Quiz Questions

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

  • What is our “IOS?”
  • Why do we need to continually update our IOS?
  • What are three questions you should ask when evaluating your update?
Quiz Questions

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: Why is it important to update ourselves like we update our phones?
  • Reflection: What bugs did you identify that need removing from your IOS?
  • Action: Discuss how you plan to update the bugs that need updating in your IOS.
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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, what is one area of your IOS that could use an update? Spend a few minutes thinking about how you can put a plan into action to update part of your IOS.