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Champ Value #4 - Responsibility

posted Nov 3, 2011, 12:58 PM by Ray Hughes   [ updated Nov 3, 2011, 8:56 PM by Pam Nelson ]

Week 4 (Nov 2) - "Responsibility" - Every Champ Does Their Part

By: Larry Dierker

Every player in a baseball team has responsibilities to his teammates and the team. One thing a pitcher is supposed to do is check with the second baseman and the shortstop with a man on first and less than two outs, so he will know which fielder to throw to if the ball is hit back to him. 

One time, in a game at the Astrodome, a ball was hit back up the middle to my left, and I caught it and turned to throw to second. I can’t remember if I had checked or not, but our second baseman, Joe Morgan, was running toward the base to try to catch the ball if it got by me. When I turned to throw, I saw him approaching the bag and led him with my throw so that he could make the play easily. But what I didn't know, or forgot, was that the shortstop was supposed to cover on the play and just as I threw the ball, Joe stopped and my throw went into center-field. I failed in what was my responsibility, and got myself into real trouble because instead of having two outs and nobody on base, we ended up with men on first and third with nobody out. 

But what was even worse was that to the crowd, it looked like it was Joe’s fault, not mine. That’s why you have to know what you are responsible for on the field. You don’t want to look bad and you certainly don’t want to make your teammates look bad by making a bonehead play that may cause your team to lose the game. Every player has a brain cramp once in a while, but it is important to focus on the game situation so that it doesn't happen very often.

Questions of the Week:

1. What is the definition of a responsibility?

           def: To make oneself answerable or accountable for something within one's power, control, or management.  being accountable for doing something the correct and accepted way.  It is being responsible for responding correctly to the situation as the particular situation dictates.

3. What are you responsible for? Why is responsibility important on our team?  How does following through with your responsibilities help us be a better team?

4. In Coach Dierker's story, how did his mistake affect his teammate, Joe Morgan?  Did he take responsibility for his mistake?  Afterward, he admitted to others that it was his fault and defended his teammate.  How do you think this helped?

5. Will responsibility help us play better?  Help us win?


Champ of the Week

Coaches, celebrate a way you have seen someone on the team embody the virtue of responsibility.  Talk about a way on your team that each player can be responsible.  

Encourage players that responsibility is not being a perfect player, but has more to do with: 

  1) How we respond to a challenge by giving our best.

  2) Not blaming others for our mistakes or making excuses.

Award the player(s) who have embodied this value as "Champ of the Week".

Close by having a player or a coach lead the team in a prayer. Thank God for the specific ways that each player contributes to the team and that God would help each of them do their best everyday.