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Archive for October 2010

Handout #4: Why Teach Winning; Planning Your Day; 12 Rules for Bringing Out the Best in People.


 For a .pdf file of this original Coach Bacevich Handout, click here:  Handout #4 Why Teach Winning



  •  If we don’t teach winning, we must teach losing – There is no middle ground.
  •  This isn’t grim, as some folks think. It’s normal and it’s sound.
  •  Winning is American: In Business, on the Athletic field, court, gym, golf course: Wherever MEN are found.
  •  It’s our way of living – Constantly giving our best in every round.
  • Yes, we’re out to win all life’s little games – While good sportsmanship abounds!



He who every morning plans the transactions of the day and follows out that plan carries a thread that will guide him through the labyrinth of the most busy life.  The orderly arrangement of his time is like a ray of light which darts itself through all his occupations.  BUT where no plan is laid, where the disposal of time is surrendered merely to the chance of incidents, chaos will soon reign.

– Victor hugo



  • Expect the best from the people you lead.
  • Make a thorough study of the other person’s need.
  • Establish high standards for excellence.
  • Create an environment where failure is not fatal.
  • If they are going anywhere where you want to go, climb on other people’s bandwagons.
  • Employ models to encourage success.
  • Recognize and applaud achievement.
  • Employ a mixture of positive and negative enforcement.
  • Appeal sparingly to the competitive urge.
  • Place a premium on collaboration.
  • Build into the group an allowance for storms.
  •  Take steps to keep your own motivation high.

*** From Bringing Out The Best In People Alan Loy McGinn’s




For a .pdf file of this original Coach Bacevich Handout, click here:  Handout #4 Why Teach Winning


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Handout #3: What is a Winner?


 For a .pdf file of this original Coach Bacevich Handout, click here: Handout #3 What is a Winner?



1.  Winners strive toward technical and mechanical proficiency.

2.  Winners develop increased physical levels of conditioning and strength.

3.  Winners have a sound mental approach that focuses toward mental toughness, self-control and pride.

4.  Winners are aware of strengths and weaknesses and work hard toward turning weaknesses into strengths.

5.  Winners are open-mined toward themselves and others/Willing to grow as an athlete.

6.  Winners are willing to take risks and look forward to the opportunity to accept challenges.

7.  Winners are guided by compelling, internal goals. They don’t let their external environment get in their way.

8.  Winners solve problems rather than place blame. No Excuses.

9.  Winners rehearse coming action or events mentally. Always lay out a mental plan toward success.

10.  Winners have a positive, athletic self-image which will allow patience with yourself and a belief that he is already successful and that with time, patience and hard work he will become more successful.

11.  Winners are able to out do their previous levels of accomplishments. They do not let themselves become an obstacle.

12.  Winners are always dissatisfied with present level of physical and mental ability. Dissatisfaction is their motivation toward success.

13.  Winners want the mental edge which allows that extra step and effort to excel.

14.  Winners never lose-maybe in score only.  They use each experience as positive feedback to learn and win.

15.  Winners Surround Themselves By Winners.




 For a .pdf file of this original Coach Bacevich Handout, click here:  Handout #3 What is a Winner?


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Handout #2: What is the Price of Success?; Optimist vs. Pessimist


To use all of your courage to force yourself to concentrate on the problem at hand, to think of it deeply and constantly, to study it from all angles and to plan.

To have a high and sustained determination to put over what you plan to accomplish, not if circumstance be favorable to its accomplishment, but in spite of all advers circumstances which may arise … and nothing, nothing worthwhile has ever been accomplished without some obstacles to overcome.

 To refuse to believe that there are any circumstances sufficiently strong to defeat you in the accomplishment of your purpose, goal or objective.


OPTIMIST – VS – PESSIMIST                 By William Arthur Ward

The optimist turns the impossible into possible – The pessimist turns the possible into the impossible.

The optimist pleasantly ponders how high his kite will fly – the pessimist woefully wonders how soon his kite will fall.

The optimist sees a green near every sand trap – the pessimist sees a sand trap near every green.

The optimist looks at the horizon and sees an opportunity – the pessimist peers into the distance and fears a problem.

To the optimist all doors have handles and hinges – to the pessimist all doors have locks and latches.

The optimist promotes progress, prosperity and plenty – the pessimist preaches limitations, liabilities and losses.

The optimist accentuates assets, abundance, and advantages – the pessimist majors in mistakes, misfortunes and misery.

The optimist goes out and finds the bell – the pessimist gives up and wrings his hands.



*     The trouble with this world is that too many people try to go through life with a catcher’s mit on both hands.

*     A man’s happiness and success in life will depend not so much upon what he has, or upon what position he occupies as upon what he is, and the heart he carries into his position. – J. J. Wilson

*     I cannot give you a formula for success, but I can give you the formula for failure – which is: Try To Please Everybody.

*     If things are not going well with you, begin correcting the situation by carefully examining the service you are rendering, and especially the spirit in which you are rendering it. – Roger Babson


For a PDF file of the original Coach Bacevich Handout, click here Handout #2: What is the Price of Success; Optimist vs. Pessimist.

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Handout #1: Athletics, Guts, Courage


AAMBITIONAmbition to be the best possible player in one’s position on his team.    

TTRAININGThe first requisite for any athelete if he aspires to be outstanding. 

HHONESTY – To one’ self, to team, to teammates, to coaches, to the school and to the community.

LLOYALTY – To family, school, coaches, to one’s team and teammates.  The real measure of class – a class athlete. 

EELIGIBILITY – Regardless of one’s potential or ability, an ineligible player is of no value to his team.  Education is the prime purpose of school.

TTRUST WORTHINESS – A trait which an athlete must posses if he expects to be a leader.  You should always be able to be counted on.

IIMPROVEMENTThis is what makes a champion.  A truly good athlete is constantly searching for ways to improve.  He hates mediocrity.

CCOURAGE – The greatest of all human qualities.  The ability to do that which is right regardless of how the game is going.

SSTICK-TO-IT-IVE-NESSThe very best quality at athlete can possess.  To see every task through to the very end, be it bitter or sweet.  To “hang in” when the going is toughest.


There is a certain blend of courage, integrity, character and principle which has no satisfactory dictionary name, but it has been called different things in different countries.  Our American name for its is — G – U – T – S!!!


COURAGE is the first of human qulaities because it is the quality which guarantees all others.


For a PDF file of the original Coach Bacevich Handout, click here Handout #1 Athletics

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