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Archive for June 2017

Handout #338: Character

CHARACTER

CHARACTER – To me, Character is being able to say “YES” and “NO” to the right and wrong things.

Fielding Yost, the legendary coach of the Michigan Wolverines in the early 1900s, once told his players, “No coach in America asks any man to make any sacrifice.  He requests that he do the opposite – live clean, come clean, think clean – that he stop doing all the things that destroy him mentally, morally and physically and begin doing the things that make him keener, finer and more competent.”  It’s not sacrifice to play football, it’s a great privilege.

It takes a young man with special qualities to play football and compete in the classroom.

Horace Greely once was quoted:  Favor is a Vapor, Popularity an Accident, Riches take Wings, Those who cheer you today will curse you tomorrow, One thing endures:  Character.

Vince Lombardi was quoted:  “Character is the result of mental attitude.  You can’t dream yourself into character.  Character rather than education is man’s need and man’s greatest safeguard.  I believe that character is higher than intellect, and the difference between men is certainly in energy, in invincible determination, in strong will; but leadership is in sacrifice, in self-denial, in love and fearlessness and in humility and disciplined will.  This is the distinction between great and little men.”

I believe football develops character.  There is no easy way to practice football.  It is often the most difficult thing that a young man undertakes in his lifetime.  It prepares him for the trials and struggles of life.

John Wooden once said:  “Be more concerned with your character than with your reputation, because your character is what you really are while your reputation is merely what others think you are.”  Each of us knows when we look into the mirror whether we’re pleased with ourselves.

George Washington many years ago stated:  “I hope I shall always possess firmness and virtue enough to maintain what I consider the most enviable of all titles, the character of an honest man.”  My experience in high school and college football has taught me that the most difficult thing for young men to do is to tell the truth, regardless of the consequences.  They prefer to tell you what you want to hear and not what os the truth.

Helen Keller said it this way:  “Character cannot be developed in ease and quiet.  Only through experience of trial and suffering can the soul be strengthened, vision cleared, ambition inspired and success achieved.”  Silver is purified in fire and so are we.  It is the most trying times that our real character is shaped and revealed.  We have a unique opportunity and responsibility as coaches lead to young men into lives of responsibility and accountability.

Paul “Bear” Bryant said it this way just before his death:  “We’re supposed to be living in a very sophisticated time, with sophisticated young people, all worldly and knowledgeable.  How can the game of football still be important in that context?

“I’ll tell you how I feel.  I feel it’s more important than ever.  What else have we to anchor to?  Where else can we walk out there evensame everything and compete?  Look around.  Maybe the football field is the only place left.  Maybe we’ve already lost it everywhere else.”

Woody Hayes … “this coaching profession is so great you’ll never appreciate it until you retire.  You have no idea the impact you have on players . . . ”

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For a .pdf file of this original Coach Bacevich Handout, click here:  Handout #338: Character . . .. 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 #337: All in the Family . . . The Baceviches

All in the Family . . . the Baceviches

“Son” Doctor Bernard Bacevich:  He’s the son of Helen and Bron Bacevich – Doctor and Susan live in Wyoming with children Tonya Sue and Michael – Tonya is a junior at Indiana – Doctor Bernard was born in Spring Valley Illinois – was a hard tackling linebacker for 3 years at Roger Bacon for his Dad – Bernard called defensive signals for Bacon’s 1958 undefeated team – Graduated XU in 1963 – Received medical degree at U.C. in 1967 – Residency at Jefferson Hospital, Philadelphia, 4 years – Public Health Service, Norfolk, VA. 2 yrs – Now a popular Orthopedic Surgeon locally.

Grandson Mike Bacevich:  Played a fine fullback for Coach Steve Rasso’s St. Xavier High Team – Mike is very aggressive and being heavily counted on for next year – Plays amateur hockey.

Grand-Dad Bron Bacevich:  Recognized by many as one of the all time great coaches at any level – Bron coached 43 years and won 312 games – Came to Rogen Bacon in 1954 and coached until 1974 – stayed as teacher until June, 1984 – He won 150 lost 39, tied 8 at Bacon – Bron became associated with Buddy LaRosa September 1984 as Administrative Assistant – He recently celebrated his 81st birthday (September 19, 1906).

Bron’s brother, Andy, 17 years younger, was a good athlete for Bron at St. Bedes Academy – Andy, a doctor, lost his life in a boating mishap in 1968 – had wife and 6 children.

— Hank Zurick 12-87

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What do we live for, if it is not to make life less difficult for each other?  – George Eliot

Coaching together is a beginning; keeping together is progress; working together is success.  – Henry Ford

We are not only our brother’s keeper; in countless large and small ways we are our brother’s maker.  – B. Overstreet

Associate with men of good quality, if you esteem your own reputation; for it is better to be alone than in bad company.

A good coach needs a patient wife, a loyal dog and a great quarterback, but not necessarily in that order.  – Bud Grant

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For a .pdf file of this original Coach Bacevich Handout, click here:  Handout #337: All in the Family . . . the Baceviches. 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 #336: Work

Work

The difference between winning and losing, and being the best and being near – best, is practice.  Practice and Hard Work.  Practice doesn’t make perfect.  Perfect practice makes perfect.  And that means – HARD WORK!

When told he was a genius, Paderewski said; “Before I was a genius, I was a drudge.  Nothing worthwhile comes easily, Half effort does not produce half results – it produces no results.  Work, hard work, continuous work is the only way to accomplish great achievements.  Don’t worry about genius.  Don’t worry about being clever.”  Trust to hard work, Ecclesiastes admonished:  “Whatsoever thy hand findeth to do, do it with all thy power and might.”

It is important to dream.  But it is sublime to dream and work.  Faith is important.  But desire and work are invincible.

There is a nobility about hard work.  Even the weariness it leaves is exhilarating.  Hard work is not hard work at all to the enthusiast.  It is intoxicating.  The privations.  The hardships.  The long days and long nights.  All are worth the price, and the price is worth it – results and success.  To win requires hard work and iron resolution.  And supreme effort and self-sacrifice.  The power of work and the sense of duty brings no greater joy in life.

Life is an unending succession of opportunities.  “I can do it,” never accomplished anything.  “I shall try … I shall work at it … I shall make it happen” – these perform miracles.  Opportunities are seized and vanquished by work.

Work touches the heart with fire.  It instills zeal in life.  It provides purpose and pride.  Men of talent – willing to sacrifice and work – make the discoveries, write the books, produce the arts, win the campaigns, and order the world.  New actions.  New aspirations.  New efforts.  New vision.  All these are due less to genius than to perseverance and determination.  The winner is he who gives himself to his work – body and soul.

“I’m a great believer in luck,” said Thomas Jefferson, and the harder I work, the more luck I have.”  Nothing is really work unless you would prefer doing something else.  Idleness is spiritual sterility.  Man thrives on creative challenge and the passion of achievement and work.

You get in life what you want.  Success depends on how much you want it.  And how much you are willing to dream, plan and work.  High resolve.  Unrelenting effort.  Purposeful direction.  Work – hard work.  And the greatness of these is hard work.

The world is divided into three types:  those who are immovable; those who are movable; and those who move.  Hard work is the mightiest and most powerful force on earth.  Those who move the world are workers – and they have changed the course of history since the dawn of mankind.

© {BCB}

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For a .pdf file of this original Coach Bacevich Handout, click here:  Handout #336: Work . . .. 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 #335: Hustle!!! Key to Success

Hustle!!!  Key to Success

Success . . .

. . . Is neither fame, wealth nor power.  Success is seeking, knowing and obeying God.

. . . Is not a matter of luck or genius.  Success depends on adequate preparation, and indomitable determination.

. . . Is not hoping, wishing to reach the “top”, to be somebody; it’s deciding to be successful, then working to get there.

. . . Isn’t what people think I am; it’s what I am.

That’s success!!

Character . . . 

  • Character is what you do when nobody but GOD is watching.
  • Be more concerned with your character than with your reputation, because your character is what you really are while your reputation is merely what others think you are.
  • Ability may get you to the top but it takes character to keep you there.

. . . HOW DO YOU MEASURE UP?

Getting Ahead . . .

GREATNESS:  Greatness is determined by the things you try to do, for the people you try to serve. Great people rejoice in the accomplishments and good fortune of those about them.

LEADERSHIP

Probably the most misunderstood word in our vocabulary today.  Leadership is not personality.  Leadership is not position, nor is leadership endowed to a certain few.

Leadership is that certain something that is “bought” with a price.  Bought with a price that can be paid by anyone, anytime, anywhere, and you are as much a leader as you will ever be because the price you are paying is determining the kind of leader you will be tomorrow.

Everyone has an obligation as well as a privilege of leading in something.  Leadership is based simply on what we do. Leadership is learning to live.

Leadership begins with a simple decision to pay the price and ends the moment you cease to pay it.

The price:  Courage – Determination – Desire – Discipline – Dedication – Faith

FOOTBALL . . .  Football is movement and contact.  Both are vital to winning.  Movement can be helped but if a boy refuses to make contact, there is nothing that I know of to correct it.

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For a .pdf file of this original Coach Bacevich Handout, click here:  Handout #335: Hustle!!! Key to Success. 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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