The Six


The 6 exercise serves as the 3rd level of accountability within the Green Team Framework (1st being Green Team and 2nd being Lifeguard).

  • Players will get firsthand responsibilities and experience of leading a specific teammate
  • Players will serve as the third level of accountability in pursuit of the Green Team helping make sure no one slips through the cracks
  • Players will build a bond with their “6” as they enjoy the successes of their “6” and feel the struggles of their “6”
"The SIX program was my favorite part of Lead ‘Em Up and something I looked forward during both my two years on Varsity."
Maryland High School Varsity Boys Basketball Senior Captain

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Lesson Plan

Player Growth Areas

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Language Guide

My 6

An individual who has your back and is working to help push you to a higher level

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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.

  • Why is it important to take an invested interest in other people?
  • What does “I’ve got your six” mean?
  • What are 5 ways you can serve your teammate as their “6”?
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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: Who is a “Six”?
  • Reflection: What does it feel like to be at least partially responsible for a teammate’s growth?
  • Action: Share some of the ways you plan on serving your teammate in an effort to enhance their growth throughout the season.
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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, who are the people that have your back? What does it mean to have that kind of support? How does it help you do what you do? While reflecting upon that, whose backs’ do you have? Do they know you've got their six?