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Handout #163: Obligations of an Athlete

 

Obligations of an Athlete

(Roger Bacon Greatest Ever Varsity Football Season . . . Message #12)

Whether or not an athlete realizes it, there is a certain code which he is expected to follow.  He has obligations to his community, neighborhood, parish, school, coaches and teammates.

Because he lives in the limelight, it is possible for an athlete to overemphasize his importance.  If so, he is missing out on the greatest joy a performer can have in later life when he looks back upon his scholastic sports career.

The thing that will stand out in his adult life is the memory that he lived according to the code.  Athletes have definitive responsibilities.  The spotlight that shines their way will point out whether they actually have what it takes as young men, as well as performers on the field.

Since they become well known due to playing before crowds, athletes are watched more closely by the general public than most youths.  This is the responsibility they must accept.  If they are to receive adulation from spectators, they must measure up to the opinions of those people.  An athlete’s actions will govern the respect that comes his way.

Observance of training rules is imperative.  He will not fool people long if he does not do things a clean cut young man should be doing.  If he drinks/smokes, it will not remain a secret.  If he stays out after hours, the public will soon learn of his infractions.

In violating good training, an athlete harms himself physically and courts contempt that will cause distrust throughout later life.  No one wants to employ a cheat, and everyone soon learns about those who cheat on training rules.

Team spirit is another quality a winning athlete must possess.  He must be ready to inspire his teammates, followers and his fellow students.  The loafer, no matter how talented he may be, is soon pegged and this is something that is hard to remove once the reputation is attached.  The boy who loafs, gets by as easily as possible, and lives in a shell, is doomed to disappointment when he confronts the business world.

LOYALTY and dependability go hand in hand.  A boy who is loyal to those with whom he associates is also dependable, because in his loyal nature is the quality which will make him carry his load, or even a bit more.

Slowly as the years may seem to pass while an individual is going through school, the time is short.  The athlete soon becomes another citizen who must carry his load in society.  If he has shirked his job as an athlete, if he has let down his teammates by not training or if he lacks loyalty and dependability, he will find out that his road out in the real world will be more difficult.

The bad habits he acquired as a youngster will stay with him and grow worse.  Also, the bad name he received for breaking faith will follow him.

A wise boy will live according to the code when he is performing his athletic tasks.  He will find that game in and game out he can do a better job.  Since perfection in performance is the goal everyone seeks, he will find that self-satisfaction and pleasure will be his reward because he has lived according to the rules.  He will pass the non-trainer in a hundred ways, and when he is finished, he will find that his pleasure has been much greater than that of those athletes who did not live up the requirements of clean, decent living.

Success is never an accident.  Our past football accomplishments have been achieved because we have had enough boys who had the pride and desire to live and play by the code – Boys who were willing to make sacrifices for the good of the team.  This then is your heritage.  The only way you can repay them is to do your part in perpetuating this tradition – by living and playing according to the code – by providing this type of leadership for the younger boys and those who will be coming up through the ranks.

Bron Bacevich – Roger Bacon

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For a .pdf file of this original Coach Bacevich Handout, click here:  Handout #163: Obligations of an Athlete.   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 #162: Spartan Thoughts for Success; Secret to Winning

 

SPARTAN THOUGHTS FOR SUCCESS

Really big success in the athletic world is achieved by athletes who continually set higher standards for themselves.  In fact, the moment an athlete no longer has goals, he pulls the curtain on any future progress.  Heed the words of the philosopher, “There is not much to do but bury a man when the last of his dreams are dead.”

You have to realize that it is only in the crucial situation that you have the opportunity for greatness.

Keep this thought in mind – When you are not practicing . . someone somewhere is – and when you meet him in head to head competition, he will win!

Regardless of what you do put in, every game boils down to doing the things you do best and doing them over and over again.

The thing that develops character in people most times is adverse situations.  In other words, the discipline and conditioning programs they went through, the punishment and suffering, they all develop character.

HANG TOUGH – There are all kinds of people . . . With all kinds of talent . . . Very few of us are good enough the first time out . . . The key is to KEEP TRYING . . . Keep developing our skills, our talent . . . Keep going for the goal.

Many quit when the going gets tough . . . They satisfy themselves with second best or with nothing at all . . . No one ever got ahead by sitting back . . . You must keep trying . . . LEARN HOW TO HANG TOUGH.

There are many reasons why a young man wants to play football . . . There is one common element:  P U R P O S E . . . A sense of accomplishment . . . Not-Quitting . . . Having a winning attitude . . . Achieving a goal . . . Fighting back despite adversity  . . . Total commitment and dedication to a goal.

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Secret to Winning

1.  The ability to remain calm when others feel harassed and confused.

2.  They are able to feel secure regardless of pressures; their self-image holds up.

3.  You must be able to adapt yourself to changing conditions.

4.  Sometimes, to succeed, you must change your plans – BE FLEXIBLE.

FOOTBALL AND LIFE are parallel – competition – game plan and life plan don’t always go the way they should . . . The deciding factor is – WHAT DO YOU WANT MOST?

Bron Bacevich – Roger Bacon – 1978

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For a .pdf file of this original Coach Bacevich Handout, click here:  Handout #162: Spartan Thoughts for Success; Secret to Winning.   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 #161: The Athlete’s Creed

 

THE ATHLETE’S CREED

I BELIEVE . . .

IT IS A PRIVILEGE to play on a high school team.

ADHERENCE TO TRAINING RULE is a duty of each squad member.

QUESTIONABLE PRACTICES and borderline ethics are nor profitable.

HE WHO ABIDES by the rules of the school deserves homage and respect.

THE GREATEST SATISFACTION comes from giving one’s best through the season of preparation and during the game.

THE HIGHEST TYPE of enjoyment comes from working in a worthy cause.

CONTESTS should engender good will between schools, and it is the the duty of each player to promote this feeling.

THE PROPER QUESTION for the athlete is “What can I do for the school?” instead of “What will the school give me?”

THE SUCCESS of an athletic department, school or nation depends on adherence of its members to the laws of the organization.

THE MAKING and retaining of friends on the faculty, in the student body, among fans and opposing teams are among the most valuable assets of life.

— Spartan Player Handbook, 2-20-78

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MAY YOU HAVE . . .

“May you have enough happiness to keep you sweet; enough trials to keep you strong; enough sorrow to keep you human; enough hope to keep you happy; enough failure to keep you humble; enough success to keep you eager; enough friends to give you comfort; enough faith and courage in yourself, your work and your country to banish depression; enough wealth to meet your needs; enough determination to make each day a better day than yesterday.”  — Unknown

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ATTITUDES – Every change in human attitude must come through internal understanding and acceptance.  Man is the only known creature who can reshape and remold himself by altering his attitude.

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For a .pdf file of this original Coach Bacevich Handout, click here: Handout #161: The Athlete’s Creed.   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 #160: Qualities of the Clutch Player

Qualities of the Clutch Player

The following is a list of the qualities of a Clutch Player.  Read these over and think about them.  They are all important qualities for you in becoming a better athlete.

  • He aspires to develop those traits that make him best when competition is toughest, so that he will let nothing stand in the way of attaining them.
  • He has team spirit/prefers team victory rather than personal glory.
  • He likes to see the other fellow succeed.
  • He keeps in good physical condition at all times.
  • He is completely honest in all dealings with coaches/teammates.
  • He never blames others for his failures, accepting responsibility himself.
  • He strives to master all details of the game-seeks perfection.
  • He is gracious in defeat; thereby he is not tense in a tight spot.  The player who sees defeat and victory in proper proportion is cool under fires.  This is the secret of relaxation.
  • He has a friendly, competitive attitude towards his opponents.
  • He has a well-balanced outlook on life with sufficient other interests to keep a single one from becoming a stumbling block to success if he fails in it.
  • He studies the qualities of Clutch Players, past and present.
  • He cultivates kindness, friendliness and unselfishness.
  • He cultivates a charitable spirit; hence, he is not “puffed up”.
  • He knows the sun will rise again in the morning whether he hits a home run or strikes out, whether he makes the big football play or makes the crucial mistake, or whether he makes or misses the basket.
  • Finally, he realizes that he will forget self when he cultivates the above qualities.  He is oblivious of self, hence he can perform in the Clutch because he does not experience the tenseness and over-anxiety that always marks the self-centered person.

In conclusion, the player’s attention is called to the fact that all of the above qualities can be acquired.  When one recognizes that 90% or more of success depends on Mental Attitude (MA), he will be on the way to being the chief actor at that tense moment when victory hangs in the balance.  Attaining this prize goal is bought at a price – – – the price is desire of attainment, willingness to work (put forth extra, dedicated effort) long hours toward realization, and confidence in the qualities set forth above.

Clutch Players are “scarce” only because most athletes refuse to believe the Clutch Player possesses a combination of qualities that he could have if he were willing to work for them.

 THE “MIND PLAYER” IS MORE EFFECTIVE THAN THE “MUSCLE PLAYER”

Bron Bacevich – February 1977

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For a .pdf file of this original Coach Bacevich Handout, click here: Handout #160: Qualities of the Clutch Player.   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 #159: Do You Want to Become a Great Athlete?

 

Do You Want to Become a Great Athlete?

How?  Be a STUDENT of the game.  READ, STUDY, THINK, LEARN all you can about the great game of FOOTBALL.

Learn how to keep in condition AND KEEP in condition.  You cannot play at your best unless you feel your best.

OUTLINE an intelligent plan of self-improvement . . . then put it into practice.  This plan should be all inclusive . . . a year round program.

READ inspirational literature . . . stories of sports and other heroes.  Make note of their qualities.

Talk with successful people – athletes and others.  Get their opinions on ways to win, to excel, to succeed.  A successful person in any calling is a WINNER.

STUDY especially the ways you can help others become great competitors.  When you help others become great competitors, you increase your own competitive stature.

Be LOYAL to your coach so he can devote maximum time and effort toward building a winning football team.

Have DEFINITIVE PURPOSE (GOAL).  Remember, if you aspire to be the best possible athlete you will be acquiring traits that will make you successful in whatever you undertake.  You must have a sense of direction.

Have CONFIDENCE in yourself.  What others have done YOU can do.  Don’t settle for anything less than the best.  CONCENTRATE on developing your talents.  You have more ability than you think.  The fellow at the top was once an ordinary fellow like you.  You may not be a super star but you can be outstanding if you develop your potential.  Concentrate on personal improvement and you won’t have anything to worry about.

Be HONEST with yourself.  Know in which areas you need extra work to improve.  Be EAGER to accept constructive criticism.  When you improve, our team improves.

A GOOD athlete appreciates the need for training.  There is no place in athletics for an individual who uses TOBACCO or ALCOHOL in any of its forms . . . NOTHING more need be said.

HOW ABOUT IT?   HOW DO YOU MEASURE UP?

Bron Bacevich – June ’77

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For a .pdf file of this original Coach Bacevich Handout, click here: Handout #159: Do You Want to Become a Great Athlete?.   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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