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Handout #252: What Does a Father Say to His Son Before His First Game

What Does a Father Say to His Son Before His First Game

This is your first game Son.  I hope you win.  I hope you win for your sake, not mine . . . . Because winning is nice.  It’s a good feeling – like the world is yours.  But it passes, this feeling, and what lasts is what you have learned.

And what you learn about is life.  That’s what sports is all about – Life.  The whole thing is played out in an afternoon (or evening) – The happiness of life, the miseries, the joys, the heartbreaks.

There’s no telling what’ll turn up.  There’s no telling whether they’ll toss you out in the first five minutes or whether you’ll stay for the long haul.  There’s no telling how you’ll do.  You might be a hero or you might be absolutely nothing.  There’s just no telling.  Too much depends on chance . . . on how the ball bounces.

I’m not talking about the game, Son.  I’m talking about life.  But it’s life that the game is all about.  Just as I said.  Because every game is life, and life is a game; a serious one . . . Dead Serious.

But that’s what you do with serious things.  You do your level best.  You take what comes.  You take what comes and run with it.

Winning is fun.  Sure.  But winning is not the point.  Wanting to win is the point.  Not giving up is the point.  Never being satisfied with what you’ve done is the point.  Never letting up is the point.  Never letting anyone down is the point.

Play to win.  Sure.  But if you should lose, lose like a champion, be a class person . . . Because it’s not winning that counts.  What counts is trying.

Unknown – October 1983

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SOMEONE SAID IT!!!

  • An optimist is one who makes the best of it when he gets the worst of it.
  • Success usually comes to those who are too busy to look for it.
  • Never return a kindness — Pass it on.
  • The man who never makes mistakes loses a great many chances to learn something.
  • Average is as close to the bottom as it is to the top.
  • Reaching high keeps a man on his toes.
  • A lot of good could be accomplished in this world if nobody cared about who got the credit.
  • Football was never meant to take the place of studies.  Willingness to study as hard as before coming out for football.  First things come first.  And academic growth comes first.

BCB/RB/’83

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For a .pdf file of this original Coach Bacevich Handout, click here: Handout #252: What Does a Father Say to His Son Before His First Game?. 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 #251: The Untapped 25 Percent

The Untapped 25 Percent

No matter how strong, how big or how fast an athlete is, he is not going to succeed or be consistent unless he is in excellent physical condition.

God has given each of us a wonderful body.  This is a fact that almost every athlete will accept without question.  However, an equally accurate statement, but one which most athletes fail to wholeheartedly believe, is that this wonderful body, this great creation, can never be developed to it’s capacity, its potential.   Persons who make their living in the field of physical development realize the truth of this statement, but they pinpoint the reluctance of athletes to accept it by citing the following figures:  most persons develop their bodies to approximately 20% capacity, some to 50%, a very few to 75%, and only the champions to a higher degree.  If we can prove to our athletes the importance of surpassing the 75% mark, and help them reach that goal, we will have achieved our purpose.

The conclusion is this.  If a man takes care of himself, whether he is a high school, college, or professional athlete, or whether he has a weight problem or not, he would be a much more effective athlete.

This brings up another point:  physical condition is a relative matter.  It is important to be in good physical condition, but it is even more important to be in better physical condition than your opponent.

In short, there are no easy ways to attain this good conditioning, but one can take heart by recalling that only a few athletes develop the body to the 75% mark.  There is plenty of room for an athlete to be in better physical condition than his opponent.  All he has to do is PAY THE PRICE IN A DEDICATED EFFORT.

You win games during the season, by what you do in the off season.  Behind every great athlete is a record of dedicated off season conditioning.

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  • It is easier to do a job right than to explain why you didn’t.
  • The man who never does more than what he gets paid for . . . seldom gets paid . . . more than he does.
  • Facts that are not frankly faced have a bad habit of stabbing us in the back.
  • Coming together is a beginning; keeping together is progress; working together is success.

©{BCB}

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For a .pdf file of this original Coach Bacevich Handout, click here: Handout #251: The Untapped 25 Percent. 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 #250: Psychological Profile of an Also-Ran

Psychological Profile of an Also-Ran

NO DRIVE – Does not care whether he wins or loses.  Goes with the tide.  Careless, sloppy,

KNOW–IT–ALL – Never listens and will not accept new ideas.  Rebel, Griper.  Works by Himself.  Lacks mental and social growth.

MOUSE – Never talks back.  High on self-abasement.  Always kicking himself.  Introvert, generally.

FOLLOWER – Will go with crowd and generally behind them.  Never tries to lead.

A WATCHER – Joe Miltoast.  If there is an accident, he watches or runs away.  Worried about what people think.  Lacks cooperation.

CORNER CUTTER.  Ducks practice or holds back unless closely watched.  Always has excuses.  Loafs every chance he gets.  Always in the look out for “short cuts”.

HYPOCHONDRIAC – A muscle grabber – always has an injury.  Never works out consistently.  Loiters in the locker room, training room.

COMPLAINER – Gives up easily, and is easily distracted from the job at hand.  Will look good when competition is not of high caliber and will look bad in the big game.

QUITTER – Cannot stick to the end.  Easily distracted.  Starts many jobs, finishes few.  Unrealistic.  Fails to meet his obligations to the team.  Lacks courage:  to try – to overcome obstacles, handicaps, failures, defeats.

 

A football coach, a player, and a team must have a strong will to win.  The will to win makes the difference between mediocre athletes and outstanding performers.  To be a good football player, an athlete has to have something deep down inside.

No matter what the situation may be, the good football player must have a mental attitude that never gives up.  Never quit in the face of adversity.

To the great athlete, the great football player, WINNING is a way of life.  A passion.

We want young men who have a desire to do their best at all times – in athletics, on and off the field, in and out of school, at home and in the community.  THIS is the meaning of a SPARTAN.

Spartan Football – Profile of an Also-Ran – Bron Bacevich

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For a .pdf file of this original Coach Bacevich Handout, click here: Handout #250: Psychological Profile of an Also-Ran. 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 #249: Four Characteristics: Those Who Impact Our Lives …; Ten Commandments of Human Relations

Four Characteristics:  Those Who Impact Our Lives

Consistency.  These folks are not restless flashes in a p an, here today, gone tomorrow.  Neither are they given to the fads and gimmicks.  Those who impact lives and stay at the task with reliable regularity.  They seem unaffected by the fickle winds of change.  They’re consistent.

Authenticity.  Probe all you wish, try all you like to find hypocritical flaws, and you search in vain.  People who impact others are real to the core; no alloy covered over with a brittle layer of chrome, but solid, genuine stuff down to the nubbies.  They’re authentic.

Unselfishness.  Mustn’t forget this one!  Hands down it’s there every time.  Those who impact us the most watch out for themselves the least.  They notice our needs and reach out to help, honestly concerned about our welfare.  Their least-used words are “I”, “Me”, and “Mine”.  They’re unselfish.

Tirelessness.  With relentless determination they spend themselves.  They refuse to quit.  Possessing an enormous amount of enthusiasm for their labor, they press on regardless of the odds . . . . virtually unconcerned with the obstacles.  Actually, they are like pioneers — resilient and rugged.  They’re Tireless.

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Ten Commandments of Human Relations

  1. Speak to People.  There is nothing so nice as a cheerful word of greeting.
  2. Smile at People.  It takes 72 muscles to frown, only 14 to smile.
  3. Call People by Name.  The sweetest music to anyone’s ears is the sound of his own name.
  4. Be Friendly and Helpful.  If you want friends, you must be one.
  5. Be Cordial.  Speak and act as if everything you do is a joy to you.
  6. Be Genuinely Interested in People.  You can like almost everybody if you try.
  7. Be Generous with Praise and Cautious with Criticism.
  8. Be Considerate with the Feelings of Others.  There are usually three sides to a controversy:  yours, the other fellow’s and the right side.
  9. Be Eager to Lend a Helping Hand.  Often it is appreciated more than you know.  What counts in life is what we do for others.
  10. Add to This a Good Sense of Humor.  A huge dose of Patience and a dash of Humility.  This combination will open many doors and the rewards will be enormous.

© {BCB}

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For a .pdf file of this original Coach Bacevich Handout, click here: Handout #249: Four Characteristics: Those Who Impact our Lives . . . . 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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