Northwest Christian Sports League
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1 Timothy 4:8

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Basketball Devotional Handbook
Lesson Format

Prepare by studying the lessons well before presenting them. Pray and expect God to perform miracles because of His faithfulness, your obedience, and the needs of your players and their families.

Lessons will be taught as a part of every practice. If you have 2 practices per week teach 2 different lessons that week. After you have taught each lesson once, use the remaining practices to go through the lessons a second time. Repetition is one of the keys to remembering. This is also a good opportunity to review what your players retained from the first time it was taught.

Teaching lessons is not an option. They are a responsibility and duty of the Coach.

The following format is used in the presentation of each lesson:

  1. Game Plan
    The main teaching, emphasis, trait or characteristic of the lesson.
  2. Warm-Up
    The opening question and definition of the main teaching, emphasis, trait or characteristic of the lesson.
  3. Tip-Off
    A Scripture, quote or saying intended to cause your players to think about and consider its meaning. This will center on the teaching, emphasis, trait or characteristic of the lesson taken.
  4. Time Out
    Ask your players what the scripture, quote or saying means to them. Remember, there are no wrong answers because they are telling you what they believe it means.
  5. Slam Dunk
    A rewording of the scripture, quote or saying by the devotional editor in such a way that all players will clearly understand.
  6. Pass or Shoot
    Just as a basketball player handling the ball has to choose whether to pass or shoot, your players will have a choice as to how they will respond to the teaching, emphasis, trait or characteristic. This section of the lesson is worded in a way as to make the players realize they have a choice. This will make it clear to the players that they have a responsibility, ownership of their own actions, in every life situation they encounter. This may also include a life application such as an incident that may occur at home, school, or with friends.
  7. Substitution
    An initial or additional scripture that deals with the main teaching, emphasis, characteristic or trait. Obeying God's word and saying no to the world and yes to Jesus takes sacrifice. Doing the right thing always requires more effort and often comes with less credit.
  8. The Final Whistle
    Closing prayer that will center on the main teaching, emphasis, characteristic or trait and ask God to help the players to maintain a high standard for their lives. Ask God to help the players to stand strong and make right decisions. You can also ask the players if they have any special requests or needs to bring to the Lord during prayer.

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