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Archive for May 2011

Handout #35: Sports Values; The Huddle Prayer

 

SPORTS VALUES …

  • A study by Harvard University revealed that 85% of the reasons for success, accomplishment, and promotion were because of our attitude – it is more important than our aptitude.
  • TEAMWORK teaches that each member of the organization must sacrifice for another – for the good of everyone.
  • As in nature, as in art, so in grace; it is rough treatment that gives souls, as well as, stones their luster.  The more the diamond is cut the brighter it sparkles; and in what seems hard dealing, there God has no end in view but to perfect his people.
  • Defeat must be faced, but it need not be final.
  • A player’s mind, like his body, must be in condition.
  • The team man is the most valuable man on the team.
  • No athlete will work for your interests unless they are his.
  • Success comes in cans, NOT in can’ts!
  • A group becomes a team when each member is sure enough of himself and his contribution to praise the skills of the other.
  • Man’s actions are the picture book of his creed. – Ralph Waldo Emerson
  • YOUTH is the time for the adventures of the body, but age for the triumphs of the mind.
  • Even the woodpecker owes his success to the fact that he uses his head and keeps pecking away until he finishes the job he starts.
  • So long as enthusiasm lasts, so long is youth still with us.
  • Growing old is no more a bad habit which a busy man has no time to form.

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1987 Pop Warner Huddle Prayer

Thank You, our Father, for the warmth of Your love that surrounds us. Grant, we pray, that we will have the strength and courage to use our talents in a way this is helpful to others and pleasing to You.

Authored by Johnny Majors, Head Football Coach, University of Tennessee (Aided by Mary Lynn Majors and Mrs. Myrtle Whitehead) Presented 1/7/87 at AFCA Luncheon Sheraton Harbor Hotel, San Diego, California.

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©  {BCB}

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 For a .pdf file of this original Coach Bacevich Handout, click here:  Handout #35: Sports Values; The Huddle Prayer

Coach Bacevich gave binders of his motivational handouts to thousands of people.   You should print this original Coach Bacevich Handout together with the others in each weekly post and start your binder of these motivational handouts.  Then read and browse the material as you desire.  Soon you will have a treasure of information at your fingertips whenever you need a little inspiration and motivation from the Coach as you pursue your aspirations!

Many of Coach Bacevich’s Handouts were written for his football players as the audience.  This is an example of good information written for his football players but so very applicable in all of life, sports and otherwise.   When you see the phrase “football player” or “athlete”, substitute that phrase with whatever fits your situation, such as Employee, Team Member, Hockey Player, Basketball Player, etc.

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Handout #34: Next Time Around . . .; Goals

NEXT TIME AROUND … 

How many men will battle on when the pressure to compromise is strong?

Who is left to make a stand on idealistic ground and keep the faith the next time around?

The price we pay for standards is severe, But some must hold out though the price is dear,

The loser is the winner when the inner strength is found to fight to his feet the next time around.

To those who are loyal here’s my hand.  I will be there when you have to make your stand.

To those who weaken when the chips are downI will pray for you the next time around.

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GOALS

Whatever you goal may be, strike out for it. What if you die in the attempt?

If you put every shred of yourself into the attempt, you will have had life’s one great exhilarating and soul satisfying experience anyhow.

And when you start out to pursue your dreams, Be prepared for a great discovery.

It is the effort itself that will give you peace.

This peace goes with you as you grow older, becomes your choicest companion, never leaves you.

Wrestling this peace from a troubled world is about all there is to the secret of happiness.

– Ralph Waldo Emerson.

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CLIMB ‘TIL YOUR DREAM COMES TRUE 

Often your tasks will be many, and more than you think you can do –

Often the road will be rugged and the hills insurmountable, too –

But always remember, the hills ahead are never as steep as they seem,

And with faith in your heart start upward and climb till you reach your dream,

For nothing in life that is worthy is ever too hard to achieve.

If you have the courage to try it and you have the faith to believe-    

For faith is a force that is greater than knowledge or power or skill,

And many defeats turn to triumph if you trust in God’s wisdom and will-

For faith is a mover of mountains, there’s nothing that God cannot do-

So start out today with faith in your heart and “CLIMB ‘TIL YOUR DREAMS COME TRUE!”

– Helen Steiner Rice

©  {BCB}

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 For a .pdf file of this original Coach Bacevich Handout, click here:  Handout #34: Next Time Around . . .; Goals

Coach Bacevich gave binders of his motivational handouts to thousands of people.   You should print this original Coach Bacevich Handout together with the others in each weekly post and start your binder of these motivational handouts.  Then read and browse the material as you desire.  Soon you will have a treasure of information at your fingertips whenever you need a little inspiration and motivation from the Coach as you pursue your aspirations!

Many of Coach Bacevich’s Handouts were written for his football players as the audience.  This is an example of good information written for his football players but so very applicable in all of life, sports and otherwise.   When you see the phrase “football player” or “athlete”, substitute that phrase with whatever fits your situation, such as Employee, Team Member, Hockey Player, Basketball Player, etc.

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Handout #32: The Commodore’s Prayer; The Will of a Champion

THE COMMODORE’S PRAYER

Lord, Thou Knowest Better than I know myself that I am growing older and will some day be old. Keep me from the fatal habit of thinking I must say something on every subject and on every occasion. Release me from craving to straighten out everybody’s affairs. Make me thoughtful but not moody, helpful but not bossy. With my vast wisdom, it seem a pity not to use it all, but Thou knowest Lord, that I want a few friends at the end.

Keep my mind free from the recital of endless details; give me wings to get to the point. Seal my lips on my aches and pains. They are increasing and love of rehearsing them is becoming sweeter as the years go by. I dare not ask for grace enough to enjoy the tales of others’ pains but help me to endure them with patience.

I dare not ask for improved memory but for a growing humility and a lessening cocksureness when my memory seems to clash with the memories of others. Teach me the glorious lesson that occasionally I may be mistaken.

Keep me reasonably sweet; I do not want to be a Saint – some of them are so hard to live with – but a sour old person is one of the crown-works of the devil. Give me the ability to see things in unexpected places and talents in unexpected people. And give me, Lord, the grace to tell them so. Amen.

Note: Many people know this prayer, but not its origin. Who wrote it?

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THE WILL OF A CHAMPION… (IN SPORTS OR IN LIFE)

  • You have got to complete – with self, with others – in the classroom, in sports, on the job, in life. You can’t be great without competition. Competition brings out the best in you … Whenever people lack competition, they lack greatness. You have to have the will to keep going when the going gets toughest.
  • You have to be able to think under pressure. Will your mind to think, to make every move, every execution, every step efficient. You have to concentrate on what you are doing in the most trying situation.
  • If you want to be great you have to show will to keep going when under pain, hurt, or agony. Indiana swimming/diving coat – “I have never coached a champion who didn’t have to undergo hurt and pain. What do you do when you are competing and you’re in pain – you pray – “Dear God help me to keep going.” Prayers are answered when they are prayed. You get out of life what you put in.
  • Champions believe that records are made to be broken. They refuse to believe in barriers. They are always thinking – the Olympic Motto: HIGHER – SWIFTER – STRONGER. They will to do the best. They will to do the “impossible.” They are always thinking: HIGHER, SWIFTER, STRONGER.

©  {BCB}

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 For a .pdf file of this original Coach Bacevich Handout, click here:  Handout #32: The Commodore’s Prayer; The Will of a Champion

Coach Bacevich gave binders of his motivational handouts to thousands of people.   You should print this original Coach Bacevich Handout together with the others in each weekly post and start your binder of these motivational handouts.  Then read and browse the material as you desire.  Soon you will have a treasure of information at your fingertips whenever you need a little inspiration and motivation from the Coach as you pursue your aspirations!

Many of Coach Bacevich’s Handouts were written for his football players as the audience.  This is an example of good information written for his football players but so very applicable in all of life, sports and otherwise.   When you see the phrase “football player” or “athlete”, substitute that phrase with whatever fits your situation, such as Employee, Team Member, Hockey Player, Basketball Player, etc.

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Handout #31: Goals. . .

GOALS …

 SOME THOUGHTS ON GOALS

  • Setting goals is one of the best kept secrets to success.
  • Short range goals must be set so they build toward a long range purpose.
  • We should set goals that are out of reach but not out of sight.
  • It is important to get group reinforcement by surrounding yourself with motivated individuals interested in the same achievement.
  • It is most important to set daily goals.
  • Writing down goals is one step towards success.
  • Don’t share goals with negative people or cynics.

THESE THINGS ARE NECESSARY ON YOUR SQUAD TO ALLOW THE PLAYERS TO FEEL COMMITTED TO THE GAME:

  • A sincere, wholesome respect for one another.
  • A feeling of sensitivity by the coaches to the academic, social, etc., problems of the student athlete.
  • A sincere desire to help the student athlete.
  • FAIRNESS – HONESTY – the players cannot feel – the reason I’m not playing is the coach doesn’t like me.
  • Maybe the most important – there are enough people sitting around the locker room to say to the guy who is always complaining – QUIT YOUR BITCHING AND GET TO WORK!!!

– Dan Devine, Famous Coach

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To sportsmen who love the game beyond all profit and fame.

I lift my glass. Here’s to the creed of you, here’s to the breed of you.

Here where we storm the wall, you paved the way.

Oh where the cannons roar, knowing the heart calls for,

You wrote the winning score, back in our day.

– Grantland Rice

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DEAR LORD,

We pray for strength both on and off the field, and when we are faced with problems, to evil never yield, but keep our goal in sight and play with all our might . . .  

©  {BCB}

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 For a .pdf file of this original Coach Bacevich Handout, click here:  Handout #31: Goals . . .

Coach Bacevich gave binders of his motivational handouts to thousands of people.   You should print this original Coach Bacevich Handout together with the others in each weekly post and start your binder of these motivational handouts.  Then read and browse the material as you desire.  Soon you will have a treasure of information at your fingertips whenever you need a little inspiration and motivation from the Coach as you pursue your aspirations!

Many of Coach Bacevich’s Handouts were written for his football players as the audience.  This is an example of good information written for his football players but so very applicable in all of life, sports and otherwise.   When you see the phrase “football player” or “athlete”, substitute that phrase with whatever fits your situation, such as Employee, Team Member, Hockey Player, Basketball Player, etc.

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