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Handout #230: Everyday Fitness

Everyday Fitness

Your good health and physical fitness is largely your responsibility.  You owe it to yourself, to your teammates, and your coaches to be in tip top condition at all times.  Good health is easily maintained.  Simply follow these simple GOOD HELATH and FITNESS SUGGESTIONS:

  1. Get at least nine hours of regular sleep every night.  The more you get before midnight, the more beneficial.  Your body grows and makes necessary repairs during sleeping hours.
  2. Take time to eat a good, hearty breakfast each morning.  This is as FBall players’ (athlete’s) most important meal.  Eat balanced meals – plenty of fresh fruits and vegetables.  Listen to Mom.
  3. Brush your teeth every morning and evening.  Wash your hands and face and comb your hair at least that many times plus every time you need it.
  4. Drink plenty of liquids.  Maintain regular bowel movements.
  5. Use only your own towels.  Keep them clean.  Dry yourself thoroughly after showering – especially in between your toes and your crotch.
  6. Take a warm shower with soap, followed by a quick cold one after every practice or game.  Make certain your head is ry before going out in cold weather.  IN cold weather, always wear something for your head.
  7. Change your clothes, socks, shoes, everyday when possible.
  8. Be conscious of good posture while playing, sitting or walking.
  9. DON’T neglect a simple cold.  Get plenty of rest and treat it at the first symptom.
  10. Injuries.  MOST INJURIES CAN BE AVOIDED.  If you sustain an injury make sure you work at getting well.  Treatment and proper attention will usually cut recovery time in half.  DON’T keep these things to yourself – TELL your coach.

REMEMBER:  If you are going to be a champion athlete, you must work, play, and live like a champion.  THERE IS NO OYTHER WAY!

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DON’T FEAR CRITICISM

The galleries are full of critics.  They play no ball.  They fight no fights.  They make no mistakes because they attempt nothing. Down on the football field are the doers.  They make mistakes because they attempt many things.

The young man who makes no mistakes lacks boldness and the spirit of adventure.  He is the one who never tries anything.  He is the brake on the wheel of progress.

And yet, it cannot be truly said he makes no mistakes because the biggest mistake he makes is teh very fact that he tries nothing, does nothing, except criticize those who do things.

YOU WILL BE A BETTER MAN FOR HAVING PLAYED FOOTBALL AS A BOY.

bron bacevich – rb – 1979

© {BCB}

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For a .pdf file of this original Coach Bacevich Handout, click here: Handout #230: Everyday Fitness. 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 #229: A Real Winner

A Real Winner

The birth of a boy – the beginning of a man,

Will he ever achieve what his Dad thinks he can?

Relying on Mom wanting only to hug her

A winner, a loser, or a common shoulder shrugger.

 

A winner goes forth with goals all too clear

With desire in his heart, and complaints no one can hear.

When he wins – he is gracious – so proud but humble.

If he loses by chance, you’ll not hear him grumble.

 

Asked why, at a loss, he’ll look you square in the eye

Put his hands on his hips and hold back every cry.

“We tried all the way from whistle to gun,

The scoreboard says no, but in our hearts we still won.”

 

“We’ll bounce back for sure, on that you can bet,

We’ll try even harder, you’ve seen nothing yet.”

He vibrates with power, his friends condescend

He lives in a way it’s his nature to win.

 

A loser is different, his goals are unclear,

His desire is so small, he complains all in fear.

He brags and he boasts, all glory his claim,

When he loses, he cries and gives others the blame.

 

Asked why at a loss, looking down, talking loose,

He’ll always now why – he has an excuse.

His team always losing, he knows every reason,

Alibi witnessed, he’ll wait till next season.

 

Then there’s the shrugger, he’s different yet,

Playing only for fun, never worked a sweat.

He never tries hard, it’s not worth the strife,

Win a few, lose a few, oh well now, that’s life.

 

And what will you be little man frail with youth?

Winner, loser, or a shrugger, time will soon tell the truth.

I know Mom and Dad will be glad in relief

When they see in your eyes that look of belief.

 

Believe in your parents, your coaches, your dreams,

and let Christ’s shining light guide your life with its beams.

Thank him oft for his gift to each one – a poor sinner,

He went through a lot to make you a real winner.

 

It’s my wish this day as the older you grow

That you’ll think of these words for always to know,

And someday I pray they will say at the end,

You lived in a way, ’twas your nature to Win.

—  The Old Coach

(Dedicated to every boy)  9/22/75

© {BCB}

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For a .pdf file of this original Coach Bacevich Handout, click here: Handout #229: A Real Winner. 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 #228: From Which Champions Are Fashioned

From Which Champions are Fashioned

AGGRESSIVENESS

Aggressiveness is a natural impulse.  The outlet provided by a physical contact sport such as football, is, in my opinion, the ideal medium for the expression of this impulse.  Through a play activity, young men are able to experience the wholesome outlet of competitive and combative energy, thereby rendering them more fit to live a balanced life off of the gridiron.

This is the most important single quality for a football player.  At least 50% of the success of a football team is determined by the fight and spirit that the young men put into their play.  The team needs young men who can do more than take it.  It needs young men who cangiveit.  As a candidate for the team, it will be to your advantage to show aggressiveness the very moment you report for practice.  If you show that quality, you will have every opportunity to become a fine football player.  Without it, your time will probably be wasted.

CONCENTRATION

It is desirable that every player know every play and assignment precisely, exactly, minutely and immediately, and without the slightest doubt.  Precision is the thing that makes modern-day football function.

DETERMINATION

Your objective, of course, is to make the football team.  That is your first step – the second is to be determined to achieve it.  Everyone has a weakness in football technique.  Don’t be satisfied to continue on the same level in the execution of fundamentals.  Be determined to overcome weaknesses.  Some linemen cannot carry their feet with them in a charge; some centers are inaccurate; some kickers are inconsistent; some passers throw off balance; some receivers take their eye off the ball; some backs can’t block; some ball carriers are unable to pivot; some players can’t tackle.

Inability to execute any of these techniques may keep you from being a member of our team.  Analyze your own play, study a method for improvement, then DETERMINE to correct it.

Take personal pride in having a serious determination of purpose to become the very best football player possible.  You can achieve only that which you can do.  It is your own personal attitude that determines what you can do with what you have.

CHANCE FAVORS THE PREPARED MIND

DISCIPLINE

When discipline is out of football, education is also out.  Discipline requires an exact status of self-control and self-sacrifice.  You can only like the person whom you respect.

TRAINING

There are a lot of “John Does”, but only a few of the lot are young men enough to display the necessary self-discipline and courage to be constant trainers.  Don’t be pleased only by trying to please yourself.

Football, in contrast to many other games, requires a total and continuous team effort.  Each play is a total situation.  For success, you must be a definite part of it.  Our school has an established policy that each of the elevenfightsmust be won in each play if we expect to win the TEAMFIGHT“.

The HEART is the most important place to have “size”.  When you have “IT” you can stick your neck out and “ask for it”.

Football is a game of facts, not theory.  our opponents are our “facts”.  Our schedule is the top schedule in our area.  Only the best athletes in our school can successfully compete in our football program.

You must have direction in everything we do.  WILL yourself to be a great football player.  It’s all in the state of mind.  You’ve got to THINK HIGH to RISE HIGH.  SUCCESS BEGINS WITH A FELLOWS WILL.  Without self-direction, you can’t succeed.

CONFIDENCE

This is a feeling that a football player gets when he knows that he is a perfectionist enough in the basic fundamentals of the game, is in tip top physical condition, and has developed a spirit that says within him:  I CAN, I WILL and I MUST.  Much of this must be accomplished long before the season gets underway.

Exciting football which is also sound, depends on the individual brilliance of the personnel more than on the coach’s thinking and strategy, providing the proper timing has been achieved.

Football is a game between young men, and the player who is a little better than the opponent wins.  The great player is the one who is a little better than his game.  A winning play, often the most dramatic incident of the game, is usually an ordinary play made exciting by the brilliance of one individual.  Greatness of the individual must be established before the season commences.

All members of the football family, players, managers, trainers and coaches must be equipped with a burning desire to be a winner.

Being a good athlete is not a license for “living unto yourself“.  Realize that you are in a good position to contribute greatly to our (your) football squad and to the entire school and community.

STRENGTH, COURAGE, AND ENDURANCE GO FAR TO MAKE MEN INVINCIBLE

PREPARATION COMES FIRST, MAKING THE TEAM COMES SECOND

Here’s how to tell a winner from a loser . . . A winner takes a big problem and separates it into small parts so they can be more easily manipulated; a loser takes a lot of little problems and rolls them together until they are unsolvable . . . a winner judges himself by the standards of excellence in his field; a loser judges himself by the standards of mediocrity in his field.

bron bacevich – roger bacon – july – 1979

© {BCB}

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For a .pdf file of this original Coach Bacevich Handout, click here: Handout #228: From Which Champions are Fashioned 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 #227: I Will Persist . . .; How to: Have Willpower that Won’t Quit; Try Smiling . . .

Handout #227:  I Will Persist . . .; How to:  Have Willpower that Won’t Quit; Try Smiling . . .

I Will Persist  . . .

I will persist until I succeed.  I was not delivered into this world in defeat, nor does failure course in my veins.

I am not a sheep waiting to be prodded by my shepherd.

I am a SPARTAN and I refuse to talk, or walk, with sheep.

The slaughterhouse of failures is not my destiny.

I will persist until I succeed.

—  Unknown

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How to:  Have Willpower that Won’t Quit

  1. Honestly examine your attitude about taking care of your body – while you are taking a long hard look in the mirror – and ask God’s help in changing it.
  2. Begin to think of the disciplines you need as gifts, not self-imposed torture.  Your ability to stick with an exercise program or anything else depends on a positive approach.
  3. Envision the new self you hope to create being born little by little every day.  Each day is a new beginning, a birth-day.
  4. Use the support of scripture to keep your attitude on a positive track.  Remember that promise in Mark 9:23. “All things are possible to him that believeth.”
  5. Keep a simple progress record – a “thank-you list” of all the “gifts” you’ve given yourself.  You’ll be surprised and encouraged by your own generosity.

Michelangelo felt that there was an angle trapped and waiting inside every block of marble he carved.  There’s an “angel” trapped in each of us, too.  All we have to do is set it free.

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Try Smiling . . .

When the weather suits you not, Try Smiling.

When the coffee isn’t hot, Try Smiling.

When you’re neighbors don’t do right, or your relatives all fight, sure ’tis hard, but then you might, Try Smiling.

Doesn’t change a thing, of course – Just Smiling.

But it cannot make them worse – Just Smiling.

And it seems to help your case, brightens up a gloomy place, then it sort o’ rests your face – Just Smiling.

— Unknown

© {BCB}

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For a .pdf file of this original Coach Bacevich Handout, click here: Handout #227: I will Persist; How to: Have Willpower that Won’t Quit; Try Smiling. 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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