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Basketball Devotional Handbook
Lesson 5: Unity and Teamwork

Game Plan
That players will understand the benefits of teamwork and working together.

Ask your players, "What does teamwork mean?"
Give your players the dictionary's definition:
Effort on the part of a group of persons acting together as a team working for a common cause or goal.

"There is no 'I' in teamwork."

Time Out
Ask your players what the above saying means.

Slam Dunk
The saying means that there should be no selfishness, or thinking only about what you want, if you are part of a team. Your goal should be to become the best player you can, and in this way, you will become a team member that is worth a lot. You should try to be a player who places other teammates before yourself, helps and listens to the Coach, and who says nice things to your fellow players, even when they make a mistake. You should do your best to win and lose as a team.

Pass or Shoot
Teamwork is a choice on the part of each of you, and only you can choose to be a good teammate. No team can win without teamwork, where each player plays their own position. You can be a real good player, but not be a good teammate. If you are a good player, let the way you play the game speak for itself. Don't tell players how good you are by bragging about yourself, or get on other players' when they make a mistake. Let others brag about you. In this way, others will like you and consider you a good teammate. The game is more fun when everyone does their part.

"If each part of the body were the same part, there would be no body. But truly God put the parts in the body as he wanted them. And so there are many parts, but only one body." (1 Corinthians 12:18-20)

The Final Whistle
Ask for any prayer needs and during prayer ask the Lord to help your players to practice teamwork. Ask that they would understand that even as God made body parts that have a different job, He has also made each of them different and special as a part of the team.

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