Tag Archives: fun as a value

Fun By Design

I started playing Free Play Softball in Cleveland Heights in 2002. It brought me back to left field for the first time in eighteen years. (I had spent the interim playing the only team sport I was ever really good at, … Continue reading

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Free Play Puddle League

Pete “the body” lines up the pill. Pete, incidentally, is a lock for comeback player of this Free Play season, seeing as he’s recently acquired two bionic hips. Sunday was likely the latest we’ve ever enjoyed our first full complement … Continue reading

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Freeplay Emerges after the Big Submerge

  After two rain outs, Freeplay Softball recommenced on a makeshift diamond caddycorner from ol’ Field No.8, on a cool but sparkling day. We are resourceful: we started with ten which forces us to play with two outfielders, two infielders, … Continue reading

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Spring Training Is Over

Matt batting at the end of last season. [flashvideo file=http://squareone-learning.com/blog/wp-content/uploads/Freeplay-Jedimaster-Matt.flv /] Matt speaking before the start of this season. Freeplay Softball League and experiment Sundays, 9:30am, Forest Hills Park, Cleveland Heights

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Stop Boxing

When I’m working playfully in my squareONE transformative learning mode, I’m always doing a version of the following experiment, here defined as its hypothesis: Given experiential engagement of a novel process and its novel set of data, the learner will … Continue reading

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Treating the Game As A Game

One of the conventions the Free Play handicapper implements is to set one elder against the other. Here the elders embrace after the contest, and you can’t tell who was on what side of a 20-4 score, can you? F(ather): … Continue reading

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Hammer Time

Pete the hammer. New gear, celebrating next year’s 20th anniversary of Free Play softball. The Free Play Softball League convenes its open system every Sunday at 10am, at Forest Hills Park-Cleveland Heights, on field #8. If you need to loosen … Continue reading

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Core of Play

For Love of the Game, Rick Reilly, espn.com Great, feel good story about two softball teams–one superior, one inferior, and both willing to invoke the deeper game. Many years ago I coached for two seasons mens and womens college club … Continue reading

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Field Eight – Opening Day

You can make out Matt’s magic bat leaning up against the back-stop to good ol’ field 8. Opening day of Free Play Softball, April 18th, ‘the first Sunday after tax day!’ Since 1986, I vaguely recall. Have I been playing … Continue reading

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Pagan Men of Fall

The tricker treaters came in waves. I asked a group including two Jedi masters to step back and pose for a group portrait. By my count the Free Play Softball League has notched 28 games, going back to April. It’s … Continue reading

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The Kids of Summer

Thanks to Alice for snapping this shot from September 6. Age range: roughly 16 to 66. We started our Free Play pick-up softball league in April on the first Sunday after tax day. We’ll play until it becomes too insane … Continue reading

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ENDLESS SUMMER

I would have been a surfer. Had I grown up near the waves. Alas, Cleveland. During the height of the Viet Nam war, I spent the summer of 1968 with the family of my Uncle Colonel Pat in Hawaii, on … Continue reading

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FIELD OF FRAMES

Sometime in the spring of 2001 my colleague and professional partner Judith hipped me to an interesting project. She knew a filmmaker who was hoping to commence a project about sports and experiential learning. ‘Would I be interested in talking … Continue reading

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IRRESISTIBLE

I’m always on the lookout for stuff that makes the connection between fun, feeling good, and anything that goes better with feeling better. (Of course I do work for a maven (and innovator) of positive psychology in the organizational behavior … Continue reading

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