Virtue Fired UP! Competitive Reading CLUB TEAMS  When kids participate in the Virtue Fired UP! Competitive Reading Club Teams, the points and competition are what get them truly Fired UP! Growing appreciation of virtue and discernment with good reading choices in the players is what Fires UP! parents and teachers. Everybody wins!  We are using an official CLUB TEAM approach because it makes the act of reading focused on virtues feel like a normal mainstream "sport" and not a "boring" church-y religious activity. Team management is done online through TeamSnap.  This is the first EVER competitive reading team sport.   Virtues are spiritual strengths that burn inside of us as our will power cooperates with God’s grace. Team members are to consider themselves “pyro-technicians” looking for specific virtues that “ignite the story” in a specially selected collection of  VIRTUE WORKS MEDIA recommended books .  This program invites students to forge virtue in their hearts with holy “fire” that offers the light and warmth of God to everyone. The philosophy of the Virtue Fired UP! Club are the words of St. Catherine of Siena:   “If we are who we are called to be, we will set the world ABLAZE!”        But of course…never literally.     

Virtue Fired UP! Competitive Reading CLUB TEAMS

When kids participate in the Virtue Fired UP! Competitive Reading Club Teams, the points and competition are what get them truly Fired UP! Growing appreciation of virtue and discernment with good reading choices in the players is what Fires UP! parents and teachers. Everybody wins!

We are using an official CLUB TEAM approach because it makes the act of reading focused on virtues feel like a normal mainstream "sport" and not a "boring" church-y religious activity. Team management is done online through TeamSnap. This is the first EVER competitive reading team sport.

Virtues are spiritual strengths that burn inside of us as our will power cooperates with God’s grace. Team members are to consider themselves “pyro-technicians” looking for specific virtues that “ignite the story” in a specially selected collection of VIRTUE WORKS MEDIA recommended books.

This program invites students to forge virtue in their hearts with holy “fire” that offers the light and warmth of God to everyone. The philosophy of the Virtue Fired UP! Club are the words of St. Catherine of Siena:

“If we are who we are called to be, we will set the world ABLAZE!”        But of course…never literally. 

 

Participating in Virtue Fired UP! CLUB TEAMS Step-By-Step

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Step #1 Gather your teams

Teams can range between 5 to 12 players. Teams of girls compete against teams of boys.  Virtue Fired UP! Competitive Reading CLUB TEAMS do not include co-ed teams. Co-ed groups can participate through Virtue Fired UP! Individual Play. Fired UP! CLUB TEAM Players can be between age 10 and 14 years old (5th, 6th, 7th, and 8th grade). One parent on each team is the Fired UP! Head Coach and is in charge of that team's registration. All other team parents are Assistant Coaches and supervise recording their player's point statistics. All registration, competition and statistics are maintained through the TeamSnap online and app-based team management system.

Teams must sign up to play in pairs: one girls team and one boys team. These two teams will "face off" against each other for the whole season. It is important that some of the players in each opposing team know each other. This adds to the sense of community and friendly competition. The dynamic of single gender competition teams creates some fun age-appropriate boy-girl interaction within clear boundaries. Team pairs can be gathered together from school, church or home school groups. 

Below is a free brochure that you can print out and share with the other families you'd like to team up with. Or, send them a link to this page and they can see all the information, here, online.

If you'd like to give this a try, click the "Contact Us" button and fill out the form. Put Virtue Fired UP! CLUB TEAM in the subject line and introduce yourself. We will get back in touch with you to guide you through the process. This is a brand new sport. A brand new league. A brand new approach to inspire kids to think and behave with virtue.  Starting out together will be a very personalized process.

There is a $20 per player registration fee to Participate in Virtue Fired UP! Competitive Reading CLUB TEAMS. This amount helps support the Ministry of Virtue Works Media, and includes the cost of Team Snap team management.

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Step #2 Prepare to Compete

The Virtue Fired Up! Season is eight weeks long. The 2018 Summer Competition Season runs from Friday, June 8 through Friday, August 3.  The only equipment players need for this sport is:

1) VWM recommended books. If a book is on the VWM-recommended list and it is part of a series of titles by the same author, ALL the books in the series are eligible for players to read.

2) 8 weekly printable book marks to keep a record of points and virtues. Players print, fold, and keep the bookmark in the book they are reading so it is handy to make notes.

3) A parent with online access to TeamSnap to input points and to allow each player to see their team standing.

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Step #3 Fired UP! to win

Each pair of teams will have a weekly "Friday Face-Off". Players are to record their Fired UP! points for each week by 8PM on Fridays.  When the team gathers in person at someone's home, that is called a Fired UP! Face2Face Meet UP! Opposing teams can Meet UP! together or separately. Pairs of teams can decide how much, or how little, to Meet UP! 

It is recommended that opposing teams Meet UP! in person at least for week one and for week eight. The rest of the time, each team can meet individually as often or as little as families can manage. Teams don't even have to Meet UP! at all during weeks two through seven.  The Friday Face-Off! simply requires that the points each player has earned during that week be entered on TeamSnap that day. The playing field for the Friday Face-Off is the home of a team coach or whichever other team family volunteers.

The Face2Face Meet UP! is valuable because it is where the players talk to each other about the books they are reading and get each other excited about the points they have earned.

Keep in mind, players do NOT have to read the same book. It actually works better if they don't. Then they are continually recommending to the other players to read a good one after them. Families can plan on buying 2 or 3 books for the season and then teammates can share and swap books as they finish them.

Culture is experienced in community. We are giving our players a safe space to enjoy virtuous content and share common conversation about why it is good. This is a refreshing redirect from middle grade conversations too often focused on media with less noble content like Fortnight, Hunger Games, and the like.  

Celebrate the winning Virtue Fired UP! Torch Champion team by making trophies  for each player out of old thrift store trophies, spray painted gold and creatively customized. Or use a doll-house-sized miniature trophies. Be silly and imaginative. The the celebration of winning this 8-week challenge is friendly bragging rights, high fives and fun. 

It is recommended that both teams gather on week eight for a bonfire and s'mores to celebrate. Here's a few tips for a meaningful celebration:

1) Give each player a lit sparkler to toss together in to pre-prepared bonfire to light it and cheer everyone's success!

2) Employing a "last are first" virtue approach, the losing team gets the first s'mores.

3) After s'mores, each player on the victorious team is given a can of yellow or orange silly string to chase all the other players around, squirting in jubilation.

This is faith that smiles. We are helping our teens and pre-teens appreciate the delight of VIRTUE with some good CLEAN fun!