Being a first time gabai and a lifelong sports fan, during this Shavout-combined-with-Shabbat holiday, I couldn’t help but noice the correlation between the two worlds.
There is so much you can prepare in advance in regards to scheduling the rotation of prayer leaders, but we managed to secure the win. A lot goes into choosing chazanim during such a long holiday, making sure to preserve the best for last alongside guaranteeing the flow of the session.
When selecting the prayer leader, you take into account speed and precision, and even if an occasional breather is needed for the reader during the long parsha, you know eventually he will get through the tough trop and wording with the correct preparation.
But the real win is secured by those creating the lineup card. The way you scout the crowd, locate the right person for the appropriate part of the davening and always making sure to end on a high note.
A win is a real community boost, a show of dedication by all members to be able to be uplifted by a prayer, a speech, an activity for children or even a young man leading in song.
After a long holiday, we can definitely be proud of our community and of everyone who took part in a big effort. Netzach Menashe has definitely secured the win.