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Handout #243: Football Is . . .

Football is . . .

FOOTBAll – Merely a game?  It is hard work; five days of practice in preparation for each encounter.  It is yards of tape and elastic bandages giving support to injured ankles, knees and elbows – a musty smelling locker room – the heaviness of a perspiration soaked undershirt.

It is agony of playing with an injury, or, much worse, it is the agony of defeat.  It is the body wracking pain of a torn cartilage or a broken bone.  It is the hopelessness of a big linebacker trying to catch a fleet flanker – the beauty of a great broken field run – the violence of a trap block.  It is the precision of a long pass.  It is the frustration of missing the winning field goal or dropping a touchdown pass.

It is the brotherhood shared by teammates and the respect shared by opponents.  It is the taste of blood running from a split lip or broken nose.  It is the tenseness and nervousness of the pre-game wait in the locker room.

It is the thrill of releasing that tension by charging out onto the field.  It is the popping of pad against pad and the groaning of man against man.  It is the satisfaction of beating your opponent, not by simply outscoring him, but by outplaying him.  Football is desire, discipline, drive, it is indeed much more than a game.

The above is a short composition “Football Is . . .”  It was written by Jim Atkinson for his English class at Forward H. S. in Elizabeth, PA.  Jim is a bright student.  He ranks 19 in a class of 412.  He is a member of the National Honor Society, and last year, served as President of the Junior Class.  He hopes to attend an Ivy League college and then law school.  If he does, and chances are he will, it will be due in part to his scholastic standing.  It will also be because of his athletic achievement.  Jim was the quarterback on this year’s Forward football team.  He is a three-year letterman and has also won three monograms as a guard in basketball and a catcher in baseball.  He is considered a college prospect in both football and basketball.

Ask yourself – “What is the purpose of this letter?” “How do I measure up by comparison?”  “How will I measure up next fall?” “How good a leader by example will I be?”

You win with the QUALITY boy.  If you are a Quality young man, you can be a fine football athlete, regardless of how much natural ability you may have.  And if we can get enough quality young men in our football program next fall, we WILL have a very fine football team.

You are a QUALITY person if you have the right mental attitude.  You have the right mental attitude when you know what you want, when you want to be the best, to be a winner.  You have the right attitude when you know there is no easy, short-cut road to being a winner.  You have the right mental attitude when you have the courage and the character to face up to challenges, when you are eager and willing to pay the price in extra effort and sacrifices.  You are a QUALITY person when you lead by your own fine example; hard work, discipline, dedication, loyalty.

HOW ABOUT IT?  HOW DO YOU MEASURE UP?  HOW GREAT DO YOU WANT TO BE?

Roger Bacon Football – Bron Bacevich

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For a .pdf file of this original Coach Bacevich Handout, click here: Handout #243: Football Is . . .. 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 #242: We Need Men Who . . .; Be First Class

We Need Men Who

We need men . . .

  • who cannot be bought. . .whose word is their bond.
  • who put character above wealth. . . who possess opinions and a will.
  • who are larger than their vocations.
  • who do not hesitate to take chances.
  • who will make no compromise with wrong.
  • who will not lose their individuality in a crowd.
  • who will be as honest in small things as in great things.
  • who will not say they do it “because everybody else does it.”
  • whose ambitions are not confined to their own selfish desires.
  • who give thirty-six inches to the yard and thirty-two quarts to the bushel.
  • who will not have one brand of honesty for business purposes and another for private life.
  • who are true to their friends through good report and evil report, in adversity as well as in prosperity.
  • who do not believe that shrewdness, sharpness, cunning and longheadedness are the best qualities for winning success.
  • who are not ashamed or afraid to stand for the truth when it is unpopular, who can say “no” with emphasis, although all the rest of the world says “yes.”

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BE FIRST CLASS!!!

Be understanding to your enemies … Be loyal to your friends … Be strong enough to face the world each day.

Be weak enough to know you cannot do everything alone … Be generous to those who need help.

Be frugal with what you need yourself … Be wise enough to know that you do not know everything.

Be foolish enough to believe in miracles … Be willing to share your joys … Be willing to share the sorrows of others.

Be a leader when you see a path others have missed … Be a follower when you are shrouded by the mists of uncertainty.

Be the first to congratulate an opponent who succeeds … Be the last to criticize a colleague who fails.

Be sure where your next step will fall, so you will not stumble … Be sure of your final destination, in case you are going the wrong way.

Be loving to those who love you.

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Condition comes from HARD WORK during practice and PROPER MENTAL and MORAL CONDUCT between practices.

© {BCB}

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For a .pdf file of this original Coach Bacevich Handout, click here: Handout #242: We Need Men Who …; Be First Class. 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 #241: Competitive Sports – What Makes a Champion?

Competitive Sports – What Makes a Champion?

Man’s greatest moment of happiness is to be tested beyond what he thought might be his breaking point – – and not fail.”

This is the essence of what we strive for in competition.  Out of this comes the reward for self-improvement, the striving for greater achievement — in other words, the continuous effort to put into actual practice your limitless potentialities.  The challenges of today become the average of tomorrow.

To surpass others is a common aspiration among all human beings.  Sports offer this opportunity.  Some Succeed.

Those who succeed to the highest degree are the champions.

What makes a champion in competitive sports?

Certainly physical ability is an essential ingredient.  But how many times have you seen the athlete of exceptional physical ability fail to develop into any kind of champion?

Running can build up the body.  Study can train the mind.  But the real champion is the person whose heart can be educated.

The prime factor in the making of a champion is the conquering of the fear of making a mistake.  Without mistakes or errors there would be no competitive sports — just like there would be no living.  When a mistake happens, the potential champion is the person who doesn’t tuck his tail or bow his head.  He is developing a feel for pressure; he is becoming clutch-worthy; he is gaining the championship attitude.

To be a champion the athlete cannot fake, he cannot cheat, and he cannot use others to hide or blame.  He is out in the open, for everyone to see.

In naming the qualities that make a champion. there is skill, of course — a special kind of skill, polished by practice and fully harnessed through knowledge of techniques.  There are also the common denominators of determination and pride.  But above all, there is that quality of emotional balance which enables a person to operate at an optimum level regardless of the tenseness of the situation — it’s known as game poise.

So the times comes when an athlete gains that confidence, that emotional maturity of being at his best when the going is roughest.  When he experiences that tremendous satisfaction of keeping his presence of mind in the deepest difficulty, that genuine joy of being able to function under adversity — and finish in style — now . . . he’s a true, blue champion!

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Good training habits are dependent on a boy’s character and environment.  Good training habits off the field depend on personal honor, desire, and willingness to sacrifice.

© {BCB}

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For a .pdf file of this original Coach Bacevich Handout, click here: Handout #241: Competitive Sports – What 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 #240: Youth . . .

Youth  . . .

YOUTH is not a time of life – it is but a state of mind – it is not a matter of ripe cheeks, red lips, or supple knees; it is not a matter of will; a quality of the imagination, a vigor of the motion.  It is the freshness of the deep spring of life.

YOUTH means temperamental over timidity, the appetite of adventure over the love of ease.  This often exists in a man of fifty or more than in a boy of twenty.

Nobody grows old merely by living a number of years.  People grow old only by deserting their ideals.

Years wrinkle the skin, but to give up enthusiasm wrinkles the soul.

Worry, doubt, self-distrust, fear and despair – these are the long, long years that bow the heart and turn the greening spirits back to dust.

Whether sixty or sixteen, there is in every human beings heart the lure of wonder – the sweet amazement of the stars and star-like things and thoughts – the undaunted challenge for events – the unfailing childlike appetite for “What’s next” and the joy of the game of living.  You are as young as your faith, and as old as your doubt; as young as your hope, and as old as your fear; as young as your self-confidence, and as old as your despair.

In the central place of your heart there is an evergreen tree.  Its name is L – O – V – E.  So long as it flourishes, you are young, but when it dies you are old.

In the central place of your heart, there is also a wireless station – So long as it receives messages from Beauty – Hope – Grandeur – Courage – Power from earth – From men and from infinite, so long as you are young.  But when all the wires are down and the central place in your heart is covered with snow and cynicism and the ice of pessimism – Then you are growing old – even at twenty – and may God have mercy on your soul.  — General Douglas MacArthur

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THE TEST

There was a race and all of us ran.  The Coach said:  “Do the best you can.”

We tried, we lost, one winner claimed the prize at which we all had aimed.

Applause rang out, and then we knew that it was meant for losers, too.

The Coach said:  “Honor is due the man who does the very best he can!”  O God, run with me in life’s race, encourage me to seek first place… but if I fail, please give me Grace to see the goal I reach is the best for me.”

© {BCB}

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For a .pdf file of this original Coach Bacevich Handout, click here: Handout #240: Youth…. 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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