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Handout #201: What is an Athlete?

What is an Athlete?

Between the indifferent and the protester, we find a marvelous creature called an Athlete.  His species is variegated.  He comes in different sizes and different colors, in different speeds, uniforms, abilities, and hair styles.  But all have one thing in common:  they give 100% Plus all of the time.

Athletes can be found everywhere – in the classroom, in the locker room, in the gym, on the gridiron, in the dugout, in the thick of the game, in love, in church.  But never in the vice principal’s office or the disciplinary deans office.  They also can be seen on the trainer’s table, on the football field, on the track, on the diamond, on the mat, and always, on the ball.  You may see them passing, running, dribbling, tackling, switching, throwing, jumping, blocking, kicking, catching, batting, weighing in and, always, hustling.

You won’t find athletes up late at night, in bars, missing church, being disrespectful, driving fast and recklessly, shirking his jobs at home, forgetting Mom’s birthday, or in trouble.

Other athlete’s respect them, mothers fret over them, fathers boast about them, coaches hope for and believe in them, girls drool over them, fans can’t believe them, officials try to control them, teachers wonder about them, and small boys idolize and imitate them.

An athlete is made of wondrous stuff.  He has the eyes and steadiness of a diamond cutter, the muscles of a blacksmith, the speed of a striking cobra, the calculation of a computer, the reflexes of a leopard, the agility of a spider monkey, the touch of a surgeon, the endurance of a rumor, the heart of a giant, and the faith of a saint.

To his teammates, an Athlete is a hard worker, always in the right place, unselfish, always trying to improve, modest, generous with praise, determined, and understands the meaning of loyalty and teamwork.

To his coach, the Athlete is fine clay to be molded – a boy to be guided into manhood, a perfectionist to be encouraged, a temperament to be channeled, a body to be cared for, a student to be taught, and a dream come true.

To himself, the Athlete is never good enough, would be nothing if not for his teammates’ great efforts, aware that he’s an example to others, the reason his team lost but never the reason it won.

An Athlete likes new uniforms, sportsmanlike fans, raucous pep assemblies, firm and competent officials, competent and daring coaches, a sparkling play by a teammate, soft turf, smooth infields, well-lighted gyms, clean mats, nice shower rooms, dry towels, easy homework during the season, patient and understanding girlfriends, clutch situations, a day off, a good companion, lots of rest, a word of encouragement, and winning.

He dislikes unreasonable fans, spoiled teammates, a lack of hot water, wet grounds, blisters, dirty players, profanity, loafers, childhood diseases which keep him from playing.  He doesn’t care for being pinned, being put out, being tackled from behind, missing a shot, ties or losses.

The Athlete believes in Hercules, Samson, Ruth, Mantle, Lombardi, Foley, Bench, West, Alcindor, Owens, Seagren and Rockne.  But most of all he believes in God.

The Athlete is Spirit drenched in sweat, Courage in cleats, Sacrifice in sneakers, heart huffing at the end of a mile run, Dedication with dirt on his chin, and Dedication and Loyalty with a smile on his face.

The Athlete is a wondrous being.  You may dislike him personally, but you have to admire his performance.  You may doubt his capabilities, but never his courage.  You may question his efficiency, but never his effort.

He is the epitome of Americanism and sportsmanship.  You might be able to defeat him, but you’ll never be able to make him quit.

__ Scholastic Coach

Gentlemen, the above is a definition of a real athlete – The kind of Athlete it takes to make a mediocre team good, a good team great, and a great team a champion.  How do you measure up now?  How will you measure up next fall?

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THE CHRISTIAN GENTLEMEN

A Christian Gentlemen:

Will be slow to lose patience.

Will look for a way to be constructive, even when provoked.

Will not envy the good fortune of others.

Will refrain from trying to impress others with his own importance.

Will have good have manners.

Will not be “touchy” even when he feels the right resentment.

Will think the best, not the worst of others.

Will not gloat over wickedness of other people.

ABOVE ALL ELSE – A Christian Gentlemen will exhibit the love of Christ in his heart and life.

DWIGHT D. EISENHOWER:  This is what I found out about religion.  it gives you courage to make the decisions you must make in a crisis and the confidence to leave the results to a higher power.  Only by trust in God can a man carrying responsibility find repose.

© {BCB}

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For a .pdf file of this original Coach Bacevich Handout, click here: Handout #201: What is an Athlete?; The Christian Gentlemen.  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 #200: Spartan Football: Maker of Men!

Spartan Football:  Maker of Men!!

THE MOST WANTED INDIVIDUALS

  1. The person who has a ready smile and a pat on the back for others.
  2. The person who can see his or her own faults before he sees the faults of others.
  3. The person who gives his money, time and talents without thought of return.
  4. The person who gives himself totally into a project, and then gives credit for its success to his helpers.
  5. The person who is willing to say, “I was wrong. I am sorry.”
  6. The person who will look temptation squarely and say “No”.
  7. The person who shows gratitude and appreciation to all those who helped him (her) along the way.

HOW DO YOU MEASURE UP? ?

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BE A MAN . . . PLAY FOOTBALL . . . THE SPARTAN WAY . . . . .

It is not the critic who counts;  not the man who points out how the strong man stumbled or where the doer of deeds could have done them better.

The credit belongs to the man who is actually in the arena, whose face is marred by dust and sweat and blood; who strives valiantly; who errs and comes short again and again; who knows the great enthusiasms, the great devotions; who spends himself in a worthy cause; who at the best, knows in teh end the triumph of how achievement, and who at worst, if he fails, at least fails while daring greatly, so that his place shall never be with those timid souls who know neither victory nor defeat.  — Theodore Roosevelt

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CAPSULE COURSE IN HUMAN RELATIONS

5 Most important words – I AM PROUD OF YOU.

4 Most important words – WHAT IS YOUR OPINION?

3 Most important words – IF YOU PLEASE.

2 Most important words – THANK YOU.

Least Most important word -I

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VATICAN II – THE CHURCH TODAY

“Since all men possess a rational soul, since they have the same nature and origin, have been redeemed by CHRIST, and enjoy the same divine calling and destiny, the basic equality of all must be acknowledged with ever greater force.”

SPARTAN FOOTBALL – MAKER OF MEN – Bron Bacevich, Roger Bacon

© {BCB}

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For a .pdf file of this original Coach Bacevich Handout, click here: Handout #200: Spartan Football: Maker of Men!. 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 #199: Scoreboard for a Winner – Three

Scoreboard for a Winner

A winner does what is necessary with good grace, saving his energy for situations where he has a choice; a loser does what is necessary under protest, and has no energy left for moral decisions.

A winner recognizes that the only true authority is moral authority; a loser, having little inner respect, tries to assume more external authority than his character can handle.

A winner tries to judge his own acts by their consequences, and other people’s acts by their intentions; a loser gives himself all the best of it by judging his own acts by his intentions, and the acts of others by their consequences.

A winner rebukes and forgives; a loser is too timid to rebuke and too petty to forgive.  A winner stops talking when he has made his point; a loser goes on until he has blunted his point.

A winner makes every concession he can, short of sacrificing his basic principles; a loser is so afraid of making concessions that he hangs onto pride while his principles go down the drain.

A winner acts the same towards those who can be helpful, and those who can be of no help; a loser fawns on the powerful and snubs the weak.  A winner wants the respect of others, but does nothing with that end on mind; a loser does everything with that in mind, and therefore defeats his purpose.

A winner employs his defects in the service of his assets; a loser subverts his assets in the service of his defects.

A winner knows how much he still has to learn, even when he is considered an expert by others; a loser wants to be considered an expert by others before he has even learned enough to know how little he knows.

A winner’s savings grace is the ability to laugh at himself without demeaning himself; a loser privately deprecates himself and therefore cannot publicly afford to laugh at himself.

A winner is sympathetic to weaknesses of others, because he understands and accepts his own weakness; a loser is contemptuous toward weakness in others, because he despises and rejects his own weakness.

A winner hopes for a miracle after everything else has failed, a loser hopes for a miracle before anything has been tried.

A winner, in the end, gives more than he takes; a loser dies clinging to the illusion that “winning” means taking more than you give.

A winner isn’t afraid to leave the road when he doesn’t agree with the direction it’s taking; a loser follows “the middle of the road” no matter where it is going.

bron bacevich – roger bacon ’78

© {BCB}

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For a .pdf file of this original Coach Bacevich Handout, click here: Handout #199: Scoreboard for a Winner – Three. 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 #198: Take Time to Live

Take Time to Live

Take time to live; it is the one secret of success.

Take time to think; it is the source of power.

Take time to play; it is the secret of youth.

Take time to read; it is the foundation of knowledge.

Take time for friendship; it is the source of business.

Take time to laugh; it helps to lift loads.

Take time to dream; it hitches the soul to the stars.

TAKE TIME TO PRAY; GOD WARMS HIS HANDS AT MAN’S HEART WHEN HE PRAYS.

Take time to help the less fortunate; it is our common nature.

Pope Leo XIII – No one is so rich that he does not need another’s help; no one so poor as not to be useful in some way to his fellow man; and the disposition to ask assistance from others with confidence, and to grant it kindness, is part of our very nature.

Time spent in lovingly helping our fellow man can be most productive of a feeling of satisfaction in a well-spent life and certainly is a better way to prepare for eternity.  If we improve the life of one of the least of God’s children, we have done it unto him.

There is always a compensating internal satisfaction which accompanies a good deed.  Only one good deed a day is 365 good deeds a year; and if we began at age 10 and lived to age 70, that amounts to 21,900 good deeds.

Now is a good time to start filling the pages of 1971 with a success story; one that we can be proud to show to anyone; including the Supreme Architect of the Universe.  If we give more of our time and efforts to relieving our neighbor’s problems, our 1971 will be a more satisfactory year.  God loves a cheerful giver.

BEGIN NOW!  “He who postpones the hour of living rightly is like the rustic who waits for the river to run out before he crosses.”

© {BCB}

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For a .pdf file of this original Coach Bacevich Handout, click here: Handout #198: Take Time to Live. 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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