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Hoosiers Essay

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The definition of Ripple Effect according to our text is, “A chain reaction that begins in one part of a system and spreads across an entire system.” In the movie Hoosiers, one can see an example of the Ripple Effect take place within the townspeople. With the team’s star player not returning, there are many opinions and suggestions being made as to how the Hickory Huskers should be coached. When the new coach Norman Dale seems to brush the opinions of the townspeople away, they become hostile and agitated with him. George Walker, who is the obvious leader of the concerned townspeople, decides that he will step in and become the assistant coach. When George is denied the role of assistant ...view middle of the document...

This example shows another form of the Ripple Effect, showing that if one person takes a stand others will follow.
The perspective of input, throughput, and output can be used to analyze Coach Norman Dale’s team. Coach Dale’s team can be seen as a system, where interconnected parts work together to as a whole. Each member worked together along with the coach to become whole as a team. A system is composed of using input, throughput, and output. Input is defined in our text as “Resources that come from outside a system, such as energy (sunlight, electricity), information (internet, books), and people (a new group member).” The input in Hoosiers Hickory High School’s basketball team was Coach Dale, his new assistant coach Wilbur "Shooter" Flatch, and his different coaching style. Throughput is defined as “The process of transforming input into output to keep a system running.” This is where the team establishes norms, rules and roles. The Huskers learned their strengths and weaknesses, they followed the coach’s rules and techniques and stayed focused. The definition of output is “The continual results of the groups throughput (the transformation of input), such as decisions made, solutions created, and projects completed. The teams output was using the norms, rules, and roles they had set to ultimately win the state championship.
Within his team, Coach Norman Dale did establish boundary control. Boundary control is defined in our text as “Regulation that determines the amount of input and this influence from outsiders in a system”. Coach Dales establishes a closed system. He removes the distractions from the team such as the team member who only wanted to whisper and talk during the practice and by removing George from the court as an assistant coach. Coach Dale does not allow people into his closed practices, he also coaches the boys to do as he says and to follow only the techniques that he has taught them, not to listen to the crowd or to what others may say. He establishes these boundaries to keep his team members focused and disciplined, to have one goal in mind and one path to that goal. After one of the team members goes against the rules the coach has set up and after he benched him for the rest of the game, Coach Dale sits the boys down in the locker room and asks them to really think about whether or not they want to be a part of the team. He tells them that his rules are "the law, absolutely and without discussion!"
The Huskers basketball team experienced all four t phases of Tuckmans group development. The four phases are forming, storming, norming, and performing but they do not always take place in this order.

Forming is the process of gathering members, in Hoosiers, the forming stage takes place when Coach Dale meets the members for the first time. When he meets the team, there are two disrespectful boys speaking while the coach speaks, after being called out, the two boys decide to leave and not be a part of the...

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