Set the Table
Have you ever wondered what level of “being ready” is truly required to be successful. Before every game if you asked your players, “are you ready?” you’ll get a “yes” every time. Unfortunately, it may not always be true. Oftentimes, players think they’re ready, but are they ready enough?
Leaders pride themselves on being prepared, being engaged and being ready at the level required to be successful.
During the Toaster exercise your players will be challenged to evaluate their level of readiness, stay engaged and develop the skill of quick-thinking.
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Player Growth Areas
When you lose or are eliminated with no opportunity for a do-over or to “run it back”
Use these questions below to engage after you have taught the exercise.
- What does it take to be “fully” ready?
- Leaders are so ready the first time, they don’t _______________.
- How can you develop the skill of “quick-thinking?”
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: How does “The Toaster” help your ability to think quickly?
- Reflection: What often happens in sports if you’re not ready when opportunities arise?
- Action: Discuss how you can continue to prepare and stay ready for your opportunities throughout the season.
Coach, take a moment to reflect on the lesson and how you can lead by example to your players.