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Handout #167: The Stuff that Makes a Champion

The Stuff that Makes a Champion

Successful athletes are physically endowed and equipped with fierce competitive determination to be the best . . . The champion is never satisfied . . . He has a continuous thirst for knowledge . . . Pride and ego are great motivators.

The great athlete is his severest critic . . . He must guard against criticism which creates negative emotional reaction . . . The will to do is the greatest natural ingredient . . . Confidence, to the extent that anything is possible, comes through long hours of hard work, competitive success and the realization that you can master the skills.

Weight Training should create greater speed, add strength and improve balance.  This places emphasis on weight speed lifts and not total poundage lifts.

The following are some of the things needed to develop championship form.

  1. CHAMPIONS WORK HARD.  Hard work denotes the sacrifice that is made to obtain success . . . The study of work programs could point to the winner in 90% of the time . . . You must work to total capacity in order to gain superiority.  Fear of the unknown and the untried keeps many doors closed . . . Hard work, pride and ego show the way to success.
  2. CHAMPIONS STRETCH AND EXERCISE.  Muscle tone and stretching is a constant program . . . A considerable number of muscle pulls and joint separations are traced to a lack of stretching.  Strength and tone must be developed along with skill and efficiency.
  3. CHAMPIONS WALK.  Walking affects posture, gives a mental and emotional freedom away from the sport . . . Gives opportunity for creative thinking.
  4. CHAMPIONS RUN.  Running endurance is basic to most sports.  It is an opportunity to fill the “storage tank” as a bottom for endurance performance . . . Champions run to increase their capacity to perform, to aid the rhythm of skills, to build confidence, to lessen opportunities for injuries, to give greater mental relaxation, and to strengthen the legs . . . You’ll never know when you will need the maximum performance.

CHAMPIONS analyze the physical and emotional qualities of another athlete by using his skills in their program . . . Mistakes are often made by an athlete trying to emulate other champions completely.

A CHAMPION knows that someone must be his mirror . . . He may feel wrong, by having difficulty in pin-pointing the error.  A skilled observer, such as a coach, can keep him clear of dead ends and bad habits . . .

A “PHONEY” can be spotted in a minute . . . The way he talks and quite often by his actions.  He uses his fellow teammates for his own greedy ends, and never becomes a true champion . . . The moral fiber of a man stands out when he is under the extreme pressure of competition.

Roger Bacon – Bron Bacevich

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For a .pdf file of this original Coach Bacevich Handout, click here:  Handout #167: The Stuff that Makes 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 #166: The Good Athlete; The Answer

THE GOOD ATHLETE

He is Loyal; Is Highly Motivated and has Integrity.

He has Enthusiasm and Initiative.

He has a Willing Spirit and will Never Give Up.

He has Heart – The Courage to Overcome Odds, to Fight Back.

He has Normal Fears but Stays and Fights.

He is Versatile and can do More than One Thing Well.

He is a Team Player and as such Understands the Need for Discipline.

He Promptly and Willingly assumes the Responsibility of Leadership – Both in and out of school; Both on and off the field.

He Places his School, His Team, Before Self.

He has Confidence – Of being at his Best when the going is Roughest.

He has the Determination and Pride to Strive for Excellence.

He hates Mediocrity.

He has a Sense of Humor.

He is Dedicated.  He Lives Cleanly.  He is Respected.

CAN YOU QUALIFY?

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THE ANSWER    by:  Grantland Rice

When the battle breaks against you and the crowd forgets to cheer

When the anvil chorus echoes with the essence of a jeer;

When the knockers start their panning in the knockers’ nimble way

With a rap for all your errors and a josh upon your play –

There is one quick answer ready that will nail them on the wing;

There is one reply forthcoming that will wipe away the sting;

There is one elastic come-back that will hold them as it should –

MAKE GOOD!

No matter where you finish in the mix-up or the row-

There are those among the rabble who will pan you anyhow;

But the entry who is sticking and delivering the stuff

Can listen to the yapping as he giggles up his cuff;

The loafer has no come-back and the quitter no reply

When the Anvil Chorus echoes, as it will against the sky;

But there is one quick and ready answer that will wrap them in a hood-

MAKE GOOD!

© {BCB}

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For a .pdf file of this original Coach Bacevich Handout, click here:  Handout #166: The Good Athlete; The Answer. 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 #165: The Essentials of a Great Athlete

 

The Essentials of a Great Athlete

By developing the following traits you will broaden your personality.  Apply them to athletics, apply them to your school, work, and apply then to your life situations after you leave school.  THEY WILL MAKE A BETTER MAN OF YOU.

DESIRE.

  1. 50% of a team’s success depends on your desire.
  2. It takes no skill to be aggressive.  The “hard-nosed” player with desire will get the job done.
  3. Desire plus Skill equals Greatness.

CONCENTRATION.

  1. After your religion, after your family, and after your schoolwork, FBALL should be uppermost in your mind.
  2. Football is a complex game.  Players need to be “smart.”

DETERMINATION.

  1. Set challenging goals and go all out to meet them.
  2. Be determined to overcome your weaknesses.
  3. Observe the teammate playing ahead of you; determine why he is playing ahead of you, then redouble your efforts to replace him.

OBEDIENCE.

  1. Don’t buck at criticism; it is meant to be constructive.
  2. Everyone is working toward a common goal – OUR team.
  3. Learn to follow instructions with a 100% plus effort.

RELIABILITY.

  1. This is a most desirable quality to cultivate.  It means being counted on at all times.
  2. A Roger Bacon tradition:  “When the going gets tough, the tough get going.”

CONFIDENCE.

  1. This is not the same thing as swell-headedness.
  2. It is the feeling that a great football player gets when he is in tip top physical condition, has a burning desire to win, and knows what needs to be done in every situation.

COOPERATION.

  1. Bury selfish interests for the interest of the team.
  2. Football is not designed to glorify any one person.  Of all activities, athletic and otherwise, football is the best example of teamwork in action.

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D – Be satisfied with a hazy knowledge of the rules.  Know what you can and cannot do.

O – Let any player be ahead of you in pouncing on the ball when there is a fumble.

N – Be easily discouraged.  Keep up your spirit.

‘ – Be an automatic player.  Master every principle.

T – Shirk your studies.  Earn the right to play every game.

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EXPERIENCE is a marvelous thing . . . It enable you to recognize a mistake . . . whenever you make it again.

GREATNESS – If the athlete has the desire to be great, he must be willing to pay the price to accomplish this goal.

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AFTER OFFENSIVE AND DEFENSIVE MEN COLLIDE, THE MAN THAT REACTS THE QUICKEST AFTER INITIAL CONTACT, WILL USUALLY WIN THE BATTLE.

© {BCB}

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For a .pdf file of this original Coach Bacevich Handout, click here: Handout #165: The Essentials of 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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Handout #164: What it Takes to be No. 1

What it Takes to be No. 1

Winning is not a sometime thing; it’s an all-the-time thing.  You don’t win once in a while, you don’t do things right once in a while, you do them right all the time.   Winning is a habit.  Unfortunately, so is losing.

There is no room for second place.  There is only one place in my game and that is first place.  I have finished second twice in my time at Green Bay and I don’t ever want to finish second again.  There is a second place bowl game, but it is a game for losers played by losers.  It is and always has been an American zeal to be first in anything we do and to win and to win and to win.

Every time a football player goes out to play his trade he’s got to play from the ground up . . . from the soles of his feet right up to his head.  Every inch of him has to play.  Some guys play with their heads.  That’s O.K.  You’ve got to be smart to be No. 1 in any business.  But more important, you’ve got to play with your heart . . . with every fiber of your body.  If you’re lucky enough to find a guy with a lot of head and a lot of heart, he’s never going to come off the field second.

Running a football team is no different from running any different organization . . . an army, a political party, a business.  The principles are the same.  The object is to win . . . to beat the other guy.  Maybe that seems hard or cruel.  I don’t think it is.

It’s a reality of life that men are competitive and the most competitive games draw the most competitive men.  That’s why they’re there – to compete.  They know the rules and the objective when they get in the game.  The objective is to win . . . fairly, squarely, decently, by the rules . . . but to win.

And in truth, I’ve never known a man worth his salt who is in the long run, deep down in his heart, didn’t appreciate the grind, the discipline.  There is something in good men that they really yearn for, needs, discipline and the harsh reality of head-to-head combat.

I don’t say these things because I believe in the brute nature of man or that man must be brutalized to be combative.  I believe in human decency.  But I firmly believe that any man’s finest hour . . . his greatest fulfillment to all he holds dear . . . is the moment when he has worked his heart out in a good game cause and lies exhausted on the field of battle . . . VICTORIOUS.

—  Vince Lombardi

YOU’VE GOT TO PAY THE PRICE

© {BCB}

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For a .pdf file of this original Coach Bacevich Handout, click here:  Handout #164: What it Takes to be No. 1.   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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