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Handout #197: Goals – Team Unity

Goals – Team Unity

  1. Develop a sense of confidence in yourself and your fellow teammate.  Each player should do his very best at all times, remaining reliable to the other fellow and worthy of his confidence.  Know that it is possible to win a game if everyone does his best and does not have to doubt if the other fellow is doing the same.
  2. Do not think of each other as black or white, as the fastest man on the team or the slowest, but rather as a member of your school team.  Each man’s position is important.  Otherwise, there would be no such position.
  3. Defense and offense should not divide and criticize each other when one does not compliment the other during the game or season.  Be Proud!  Take pride in everyone else and give the other fellow a pat on the back for a job well done.  Don’t get in the rut of pointing out only the bad.
  4. Get to know every player on the squad.  know more than just his name and position.  (This holds true for coaches also.)
  5. Never be guilty of selfishness.  Work for the team as a whole.
  6. Keep an open Christian atmosphere.  A Christian player should feel comfortable to say so at any time.  Pray – you have so much to be thankful for.
  7. Bring problems and questions into the open.  Discuss an animosity with the team, a teammate specifically involved, or a coach.  If you think you are not getting a “fair shake”, talk to the coach about it.  Find out why you are not getting to play as much as you would like or think you deserve.  Don’t gripe to other players.  Again, don’t be selfish.
  8. Maintain a positive attitude and spirit in all action sand words.  Defend your school, your team and the football program.  Spread this optimism everywhere.
  9. Play one game at a time.  Evaluate your team efforts whether you win or lose on the scoreboard.  You may find that the game was actually successful in some respects.  Play so that you may always be proud – whether you win or lose in score.

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No one is useless in this world who lightens the burden of it to anyone else.  – CHARLES DICKENS

The only ones among you who will be really happy are those who will have sought and found how to serve. – ALBERT SCHWEITZER

bcb – 1977

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For a .pdf file of this original Coach Bacevich Handout, click here:  Handout #197: Goals – Team Unity!. 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 #196: Human Relations: Ten Commandments; Character-Discipline-Pride

HUMAN RELATIONS:  TEN COMMANDMENTS

  1. SPEAK TO PEOPLE.  There’s nothing as nice as a cheerful greeting.
  2. SMILE AT PEOPLE.  It takes 72 muscles to frown and only 14 to smile.
  3. CALL PEOPLE BY THEIR NAME.  The sweetest music to the ears is one’s own name.
  4. BE FRIENDLY AND HELPFUL.  If you would have friends, be friendly.
  5. BE GENUINELY INTERESTED IN PEOPLE.  Show it.
  6. BE GENEROUS WITH PRAISE, CAUTIOUS WITH CRITICISM.
  7. BE CONSIDERATE WITH THE FEELINGS OF OTHERS; it will be appreciated.
  8. BE THOUGHTFUL OF OTHERS OPINIONS.  There are three sides to every controversy – yours, the others – and the right one.
  9. BE ALERT TO GIVE SERVICE.  What counts a great deal in life is what we do for others.

NOW THEN – HOW DO Y-O-U MEASURE UP?

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CHARACTER – DISCIPLINE – PRIDE . . .

You are the fellow that has to decide whether you’ll do it or toss it aside.  You are the fellow who makes up your mind whether you’ll lead or linger behind. . . whether you’ll try for the goal that’s afar or be contended to stay where you are.  Take it or leave it.  Here’s something to do – just think it over.  It’s all up to you!

What do you wish?  To be known as a good man who’s willing to work – scorned for a loner or praised by your chief, rich man or beggar or thief?  Eager or earnest or dull through the day, honest or crooked?  It’s what you must say!  You must decide in the face of the test whether you’ll shirk it or give it your best.

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  • Will Rogers – So live that you wouldn’t be ashamed to sell the family parrot to the town gospel.
  • If we would create something, we must be something.
  • Cicero – Inability to tell good from evil is the greatest worry of a man’s life.
  • Courage – is the same size in any man.

© {BCB}

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For a .pdf file of this original Coach Bacevich Handout, click here:  HANDOUT #196: Human Relations: Ten Commandments; Character-Discipline-Pride. 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 #195: Leadership – Decision Making

Leadership – Decision Making

Leadership is more easy to recognize than to define.  In a democracy with the “one man, one vote” doctrine, the only thing that makes one man’s vote more important than another’s are his qualities of leadership – his ability to lead and to influence the thoughts and actions of others.

  1. A leader must project a positive image of initiative – enthusiasm – competence – resolution – character – and – integrity.
  2. Mental Toughness, the ability to withstand pressure, to rise above hardship and disappointment, is a real test of a man’s leadership ability.  The late President Kennedy wrote:  “. . . A man does what he must, in spite of personal consequences, in spite of obstacles and dangers and pressures – and that is the basis of all human morality.”
  3. The leader must be able to communicate his feelings as well as his ideas to those whom he would lead.  He must be able to say the right thing, in the right way at the right time.
  4. The leader must believe in himself.  The leader must be HIMSELF.  A man must know what he can do, and he must be himself.  “It’s the price of leadership to do the thing you believe has to be done at the time it must be done.”
  5. A leader must have courage.  The will to do, the tenacity to overcome all obstacles and finish the course, is rooted in courage.  It is the outward manifestation of our spiritual development.
  6. A leader must love his fellow man.  “We too often love things and use people when we should be using things and loving people.”  One’s love for God is equal to the love one has for the man he loves least.
  7. A leader must have respect and concern for others.  “The length and breadth of our influence upon others depends upon the depth of our concern for others.”  “Forget yourself for others, and others will never forget you.”
  8. A leader must have a burning desire to win.  “Only he who can see the invisible can do the impossible.”  “A Winer makes commitments; a loser makes promises.”

INFLUENCE:  Example is not the main thing in influencing others.  It is the only thing.  “Weather our life on earth is a success or not depends 100% on how we use our influence.”

© {BCB}

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For a .pdf file of this original Coach Bacevich Handout, click here:  HANDOUT #195: Leadership – Decision Making. 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 #194: Greatest Ever Spartan Football Season: Message No. 1

Greatest Ever Spartan Football Season: Message No. 1

As a participant in the greatest game in America today, you will find that football makes more demands upon you than any other team sport.

You’ll spend hours of practice time in hitting people, often people whom you like.  You will take time jarring blocks and tackles, and yet be forced to control your temper.  You’ll do this each day from the opening of practice until the final game of the season under extremes of weather – hot, cold, rain, snow, sleet, etc.  And if you’re a FOOTBALL PLAYER, you’ll love every minute of it.

There will be times when you’ll question the wisdom of it all.  There will be moments when you’ll want to give it up.  But, if you’re a football player, you’ll stick to it.  Football is built upon contact, and played under all weather conditions, as contrasted to other sports which are fun to practice and which involve only skills and no body contact.  BUT what you get will make it all worthwhile.

Physique and “God given” ability have a strong bearing upon an individual’s success in football.  A strong body is desirable, and as a football player you’ll spend hours in developing yourself.  Yet there are other things which you will find are equally important, and often it won’t be the boy with the best body, or the greatest natural ability, who will win out in the end.

Football demands stern self-discipline – the desire of each player to do things which he feels are the very best for the team.

You’ve got to get along with others – regardless of creed, color, or nationality.  You’ve got to accept responsibility, and carry out your assignment to your best or your ability.  Personal ambitions must be subjugated to the overall aim.

Every practice session, every chalk talk, every player meeting will test your self-discipline.  Every day will present another test of self-denial which is vital to success.

You’ll learn to respect the judgment of all your coaches, both on and off the field.

Sure, there will be opportunity for laughter, a smile, and a joke.  But they must come in the right spot.

The proper state of mind is vital to winning the game.  You must be inspired never to let “can’t” come into your mind.  Even when you believe you’re outmanned across the line, you must have a WILL TO WIN and a confidence that the job can be done.

FOOTBALL demands courage – courage to throw your body around with reckless abandon on the field of play.

You’ve got to believe in what you’re doing.  You’ve got to have loyalties; you’ve got to make sacrifices; you have to train, respect coaches, and cooperate with your teammates.

A successful play demands a machine – like performance by every man.  If the right end hasn’t got the courage, or the will, or the determination to block that opposing tackle, then the play won’t work.  The same is true for every assignment for every player, because football is a team game.

Football demands intelligence – smartness, the ability to learn plays and then apply the knowledge to the right situation.

You must develop the ability to react quickly to moves of your opponents.  In split seconds, you must adjust your mental image from one assignment to another, and carry it out with dispatch and efficiency.  Through all of this, you must temper your actions with a code of sportsmanship.

The principles of the game of football parallel the principles of the game of life.  Carry on in your everyday life what you learn on the football field, and you’ll find that you developed a wholesome, respected personality.  You will win without boasting and lose without excuses.  You’ll have spirit, poise, confidence and aggressiveness.

No matter whether you develop into a star halfback or lineman, no matter whether you eventually read your name in the headlines, you will be BETTER for having played football.  In future years you’ll look back upon your accomplishments with satisfaction.

Please Note:

Start a folder with a three ring notebook on this and other “messages” which you will be receiving.  Get into the habit of looking over this material from time to time.

WHAT ARE YOU DOING EXTRA NOW IN ANTICIPATION OF TEH NEXT FOOTBALL SEASON?  WE WILL HAVE OUR BEST FOOTBALL TEAM IF WE GET ENOUGH YOUNG MEN WITH CHARACTER AND DEDICATION.  HOW WILL YOU MEASURE UP?

HOW ARE YOU PROGRESSING WITH YOUR PUSH-UPS?  WEIGHT PROGRAM?  CLASSROOM WORK?

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For a .pdf file of this original Coach Bacevich Handout, click here:  HANDOUT #194: Greatest Ever Spartan Football Season: Message 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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Handout #193: “The Game of Life . . .”

“The Game of Life . . .”

While you have ceased to play the game of football . . . you will soon begin to take part in an even bigger and more important game . . . the Game of Life!

I would like to pass on to you the advice a Chaplain gave his son upon graduation.  “I’m giving you the ball, son, and naming you the quarterback for your team in the game of life.  I am your coach . . . so I’ll give it to you straight.  There is only one schedule to play . . . it lasts all your life, but consists of only one game.

“It is a long game . . . with no time out and no substitutions.  You . . . each of you . . . play the whole game . . . all your life.  You’ll have a great backfield.  You’re calling the signals but the other three fellows in the backfield with you have great reputations.  They are named FAITH . . . HOPE . . . and CHARITY.

“You’ll work behind a truly powerful line.  End to end . . . it consists of HONESTY . . . LOYALTY . . . DEVOTION TO DUTY . . . SELF RESPECT . . . STUDY . . . CLEANLINESS . . . and GOOD BEHAVIOR.

“The goal posts are the Pearly Gates of Heaven.  God is the referee and sole official.  He makes all the rules and there is no appeal from them.

“There are ten rules.  You know them as the ten commandments . . . and you play them strictly in accordance with your own religion.

“There is also an important ground rule.  It is . . . ‘As ye would that men should do to you . . . do ye also to them likewise.”

“The Ball?  . . . It is your immortal soul.  Hold on o it.  Now, son get in there and let’s see what you can do with it.”

© {BCB}

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For a .pdf file of this original Coach Bacevich Handout, click here: HANDOUT #193: The Game of Life . . .. 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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