Engaging Faith: Practical lesson ideas and activities for Catholic Educators

April 1, 2008

Baseball and Catholic Schools Juxtaposed

With the opening of another baseball season, consider ways the some of the folks that make up a Catholic school compare with those associated with a Major League baseball team.

The President of a Catholic School is like the Majority Owner of a baseball team . . . both responsible for setting the mission not to mention gathering and distributing the funds.

The Principal of a Catholic School is like the General Manager of a baseball team . . . both responsible for the staffing (teachers/players) and the product (curriculum/style of play).

Teachers in a Catholic School are like the Managers of a baseball team . . . each trying to instruct lessons and coax the most out of students/players.

Students in a Catholic School and Players on a baseball team are the lifeblood of the school and team . . . they are what it’s all about. Corollary: A school and team are only as successful as their students and players.

Parents in a Catholic School and Fans of a baseball team are the moral and financial backbones of each. Food for thought: In baseball, some fans are truly fanatics and live through the players, while others demand perfection of the players and “boo” them when they don’t receive that.

God grant me wisdom, to tell a strike from a ball,
to know where to throw and never to fall.
Keep me always in the base line, running straight and true
and I'll look for your sign, to stretch one into two.

God give me vision, to see every pitch,
so if a player needs help, then I will see which.
Let me always hustle,
so I'll be at my best and take pride in myself,
in sports and the rest.

God be my strength, when I throw the ball
when I'm far from home plate, or against a wall.
So I never miss a base, please guide my feet,
bring me home safely, so my job is complete.

When I help younger players, let me always give praise,
so they'll see you in me, in all of my ways.
God please guide our coach, to be fair and smart,
to teach us to be good, let it come from his heart.

Let me take a loss, just as well as a win,
to do any less, is surely a sin.

As long as I can play, let me make my parents proud,
as proud as I am, when they yell MY name out loud.
However my games end, let me always have fun
and if Heaven has All Stars, I want to be one.

When my games here are over and my seasons are done,
let me play on your team. just like your son.
(author unknown)

One difference between baseball and Catholic schools:
The baseball season is just beginning. The school year is in the stretch run!

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