Coach Dave and the Team Nickname
Scene: “Coach Dave and the Team Nickname” from Coach Dave’s first meeting with the parents of his summer baseball team.
“Okay, guys,” Coach Dave interrupted at the moment the silence became awkward. “Let’s talk about a team nickname. In light of what we want to accomplish, I’d like to offer you three nicknames and let you choose which one you want to play toward.” The players nodded.
“Okay, option number one: Knights. One of the definitions of a knight is ‘a defender, champion, or zealous upholder of a cause or principle.’ Knights were courageous and they formed a sort of brotherhood. They would fight to the death for one another’s honor and for the honor of their king.
“Option number two: Eagles. The eagle is associated with power, but it is also representative of great respect. The eagle flies higher than almost any other bird because it has such keen vision, giving it great perspective.
“Option number three: Warriors. A warrior is ‘one who is engaged aggressively or energetically in an activity, cause, or conflict.’ We’ll be engaged aggressively and energetically in our baseball games—within the rules and the spirit of the game—because that’s the best way for us to live the rest of our lives.
“I would like for you guys to head back to the field where we practiced and choose a team nickname. When you’ve chosen one, pick the colors that you want for your uniforms. I have one more item I want to cover with the parents while you’re making your choice. Take your time.”
Which nickname will the team choose and why? What does Coach Dave need to discuss with the parents? What caused the awkward silence at the beginning of the scene?
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Al Ainsworth is a values storyteller. He works with individuals, businesses, churches, and other organizations to pass along their values through the stories they tell…and re-tell. Al is the author of Lines in the Gravel (and 52 Other Re-Told Childhood Tales), Stories from the Roller Coaster (of a Faith Life), and Coach Dave: Season One. Subscribe to his email list for more values storying.