Pregame Scriptures & Prayer Circle

Please always respect our tradition before each game.


Your host, the Austin Royals, are excited to celebrate this long held Texas tradition with you! It has been good to greet old friends and meet new faces!!!

Prior to tip-off of each game:

As is our custom, both opponents will meet in our traditional Prayer Circle at mid-court to read our Scripture verses and to honor our Lord Jesus Christ in unity through prayer. We will bless each other before we compete giving God the glory! 

Scriptures for each day will be posted on the score table, so bringing a Bible is not necessary. 

Please don’t forget to invite our referees to pray and to treat them with the utmost respect throughout the competition.
HOME team reads the Scripture verses
VISITOR team will lead a brief prayer of blessings to all

THE GAME MAY NOT BEGIN UNTIL THE TIME IN THE PRAYER CIRCLE IS COMPLETED.

Tournament Theme

GAME 1

Colossians 3:23-24
And whatever you do, do it heartily, as to the Lord and not to men, since you know that you will receive an inheritance from the Lord as a reward. It is the Lord Christ you are serving.

GAME 2
Romans 10:9-11

If you declare with your mouth, “Jesus is Lord,” and believe in your heart that God raised him from the dead, you will be saved. For it is with your heart that you believe and are justified, and it is with your mouth that you profess your faith and are saved. As Scripture says, “Anyone who believes in him will never be put to shame.”

GAME 3
2 Corinthians 4: 7-10
But we have this treasure in jars of clay to show that this all-surpassing power is from God  and not from us. We are hard pressed on every side, but not crushed; perplexed, but not in despair; persecuted, but not abandoned; struck down, but not destroyed. We always carry around in our body the death of Jesus, so that the life of Jesus may also be revealed in our body.

GAME 4

Ephesians 4:29-32

Let no corrupting talk come out of your mouths, but only such as is good for building up, as fits the occasion, that it may give grace to those who hear. And do not grieve the Holy Spirit of God, by whom you were sealed for the day of redemption. Let all bitterness and wrath and anger and clamor and slander be put away from you, along with all malice. Be kind to one another, tenderhearted, forgiving one another, as God in Christ forgave you.

GAME 5

Isaiah 12:2
Surely God is my salvation; I will trust and not be afraid. The LORD, the LORD himself, is my strength and my defense ; he has become my salvation.