This story is about two soccer teams. One was called Old-fashioned Rangers and the other one was called Scrum Club. These two teams were based on the same city, but they were very different. Old-fashioned Rangers started their day early for training. The players arrived at the club and began to run and follow orders from the team captain. They were all good players and good boys, but they didn’t know each other very well. This was so uncomfortable that once in the middle of a match, one of the team wings was asking for the ball, very near to the goal, screaming “Mike! Mike! Here!! Come on!!”… of course the player with the ball passed it to another player and the team couldn’t score. His name was Matthew.
Every morning they practiced the same things and followed the captain’s strategies. This was a big problem because when they played tournaments, the other team always knew what they were going to do, and the worst thing was that the coach was always surprised about this, because he never checked the progress of the team at the end of each week.
One afternoon Mitch Andrews, the goal-keeper of the team, took off his uniform and said “It’s over, I’m done. I can’t take this anymore, I’m tired of Randy and William, they are too lazy and we are going to keep losing matches”. It was a pity. Maybe if he had said it after one of their weekly training sessions, they could have found a solution and wouldn’t need to go away at the end of the season. So, this was Old-fashioned Rangers, a team with great players but bad results.
On the other side of town, Scrum Club had similar players, but they did things a little differently. Each morning the players arrived at the club and before training they had a short talk about what was going on with the team and the tournament, what each one of them had been doing the day before and what they were interested in practicing that day, new training ideas, etc. Of course, they knew each other very well and some of them were friends. Their captain was a good leader, but he didn’t think of himself as better than anyone else on the team. He always tried to keep things well-organized. That was why everyone arrived on time to each training day, not because they were just following orders, but because they were happy to be there.
Once a week, before going home to their families, the members of Scrum Club talked about their concerns and the good and bad things that happened during the week. By doing so, they became aware of their shortcomings as players and were able to work on fixing any problems that arose among them. I remember one afternoon when Jeremy Linus was having some trouble practicing penalty kicks. He was very upset about it and said “I am the worst player ever”. That day Michael and Jack helped him find his problem – they realized it was time to change his shoes. He never missed a penalty again.
So, this was Scrum Club, a team whose coach always kept track of the team’s progress, building charts and improving the training process every day.
On February 2009, these two teams faced off in the finals. I don’t need to say who won the match.