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Handout #328: Good Coach-Manager-Leader. . .

Good Coach-Manager-Leader

  1. Have Compassion – For players, people
  2. Have will to be fair
  3. Do not disintegrate under pressure
  4. Ability to look into tomorrow.

“Ability is God’s gift to man . . . Achievement is man’s gift to God.”

Motivated People:

  1. Are self-starters
  2. Accept accountability
  3. Are goal-oriented
  4. Pursue excellence
  5. Are P-H-D’s (Pride-Hustle-Desire)
  6. Never pass the buck

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Strength Program – Why?

You have to understand that football (any contact sport) is played from the chin up.  If the boy has confidence in his strength, he will be a winner.  He will have a good image of himself and will believe in your program.

The kids have to understand that the strength program is the name of the game.  Be convinced of this and you are going to win.  Too many coaches believe that they win in the season of play.  The winning coaches believe that winning begins to take place in the off season.

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Evaluating Athletes

  1. Is the kid honest?  Is he telling the truth.  Tell the kids – under no circumstance are they to lie to the coaches.
  2. Are you totally committed?  If the kids are not committed, you have no chance of winning.
  3. Do they care about us, the program, or do they care only about themselves?  There is no room for a selfish player.  There is no “I” and “Me” on a winning team.  Players should think:  “BIG TEAM”; “LITTLE ME.”

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Coaching:

You can’t teach all the football (or any sport) you know.  The real test of coaching is whether or not the kids that you’re coaching know what you’re teaching – and – whether you have imparted that to them so that they can execute successfully on the field.

BELIEVE – With decent talent if a coach is close to his players, believes in what he is doing – is honest and forthright with his players – gets the same thing back from his players and the game is played with tremendous enthusiasm. WILL WIN.

What is greater work than to direct the minds and form the character of the young.

I hold with certainty that no painter, nor sculptor, nor any other artist does such excellent work as he molds the minds and character of youth.

Now – Doesn’t this make you proud of your involvement with youth sports?

© {BCB}

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For a .pdf file of this original Coach Bacevich Handout, click here:  Handout #328: Good Coach-Manager-Leader . . . . 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 #303: Children: Teaching and Learning: What Works 1

Children: Teaching and Learning: What Works 1

CURRICULUM OF THE HOME – Parents are their children’s first and most influential teachers.  What parents do to help their children learn is more important to academic success than how well-off the family is.

READING TO CHILDREN – The best way for parents to help their children become better readers is to read to them – even when they are very young. Children benefit most from reading aloud when they discuss stories, learn to identify letters and words, and talk about the meaning of words.

SPEAKING AND LISTENING – A good foundation in speaking and listening helps children become better readers IDEALS … Belief in the value of hard work, the importance of personal responsibility, and the importance of education itself contributes to greater success in school.

IDEALS – Belief in the idea of hard work, the importance of personal responsibility, and the importance of education itself contributes to greater success in school.

PHONICS – Children get a better start in reading if they are taught phonics. Learning phonics helps them to understand the relationship between letters and sounds and to “break the code” that links the words they hear with the words they see in print.

STORYTELLING – Telling young children stories can motivate them to read. Storytelling also introduces them to cultural values and literacy traditions before they can read, write, and talk about short stories by themselves. STUDENT ABILITY AND

EFFORT – Children’s understanding of the relationship between being smart and hard work changes as they grow.

INDEPENDENT READING – Children improve their reading ability by reading a lot. Reading achievement is directly related to the amount of reading children do in school and outside. COUNTING – A good way to teach children simple arithmetic is to build on their informal knowledge. This is why learning to count everyday objects is an effective basis for early arithmetic lessons.

GETTING PARENTS INVOLVED – Parental involvement helps children learn more effectively. Teachers who are successful at involving parents in their children’s schoolwork are successful because they work at it. READING COMPREHENSION – Children get more out of a reading assignment when the teacher precedes the lesson with background information and follows it with discussion.

SCIENCE EXPERIMENTS – Children learn science best when they are able to do the experiments, so they can witness “science in action.”

ESTIMATING – Although students need to know how to find the exact answers to arithmetic problems, good math students also learn helpful skills of estimating answers. This skill can be taught.

© {BCB}

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For a .pdf file of this original Coach Bacevich Handout, click here: Handout #303: Children: Teaching and Learning: What Works 1. 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 #293: It’s All Up to You . . .

It’s All Up to You . . .

  • There is a big difference between wanting to and willing to.
  • Counting time is not so important as making time count.
  • Love you enemies; it will drive them crazy.
  • Happy is the person who can laugh at himself.  He will never cease to be amused.
  • If you can imagine it, you can achieve it.  If you can dream it, you can become it.
  • The biggest sin in life is wasting time.
  • Do the very best you can with what you have.
  • If you know it, show it.
  • Have faith in God.
  • Even if you’re on the right track, you’ll get run over if you just sit there.
  • A person who is enthusiastic soon has enthusiastic followers.
  • He who would leap high must take a long run.
  • A friend is a present you give yourself.
  • When you help someone up a hill, you’ll find yourself close to the top too.
  • What do we live for, if it is not to make life less difficult for each other?
  • The important thing is this:  To be able at any moment to sacrifice what we are for what we could be.
  • Before strongly desiring anything, we should look carefully into the happiness of its owner.
  • Fall down seven times, get up eight.
  • Size isn’t everything.  The whale is endangered, while the ant continues to do just fine.
  • Enthusiasm in your work is half the battle won.
  • If there’s one thing we should let others find out for themselves, it’s how great we are.
  • The person who gets ahead is the one who does more than is necessary and keeps on doing it.
  • Big shots are usually little shots who kept on shooting.
  • We do not remember days, we remember moments.
  • The best way to better our lot is to do a lot better.
  • If good men were only better, would wicked men be so bad?

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PRAYER

Heavenly Father, I humbly beg for Thy Divine blessings, graces and favors.  I ask complete obedience to Thy Divine will, as Thou will me to be and not as I will to be.  May my love of Thee, Heavenly Father, be multiplied a trillion times, more than anyone else who has ever loved Thee.  I ask for wisdom and knowledge, so that I may be more worthy of Thy Divine graces.  I ask Thee, Heavenly Father, for thy Divine blessings, of Thy boundless love and Holiness, so that I may be a more effective instrument of Thy Holy hand, in doing the work Thou hast chosen for me in serving Thee.

I belong to You, and You alone, Oh lord, body, soul, heart and mind, my complete being.

Thank you, Father.  Amen

© {BCB}

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For a .pdf file of this original Coach Bacevich Handout, click here: Handout #293: It’s All Up to You. 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 #254: Thoughts: A Great Football Season

Thoughts:  A Great Football Season

GREATNESS – is determined by the things you try to do, for the people you try to serve.

MATURITY – occurs when a man or woman become the person GOD intended them to be.

REJOICE – in the accomplishments and good fortune of those about you, with even more enthusiasm than in any of your own.

LOYALTY – Be loyal to Roger Bacon, our football program, your teammates, and to your parents.

CITIZENSHIP – Being a gentlemen wherever you are will display the image of the Roger Bacon Football Squad.

SOCRATES – Let him that would move the world, first move himself.

BROWNING – A man’s reach should exceed his grasp, Or what’s a heaven for?

HORACE MAN – I have never heard anything about the resolutions of the apostles, but a good deal about the Acts of the apostles.

ITALIAN PROVERBS – For a web begun, God sends thread.

EMERSON – Our chief want in life is somebody who shall make us do what we can.

ECCLESIASTES 9:10a – “Whatsoever thy hand findeth to do, do it with all thy might.”

KAGAWA – I read in a book that a man called Christ went about doing good.  It is very disconcerting to me that I am easily satisfied with just going about.

Anonymous – With every rising of the sun, think of your life as just begun.

DEATH BEGINS WHERE GROWTH ENDS.

JOE NAMETH – Asked if he was sorry about the way he had popped off before the Super Bowl game, he replied:  “No, it was the way I felt.  I always had confidence.  The whole team had confidence.  If you don’t, you can’t win.  If you don’t have confidence, you weren’t raised right.  I was raised in a good family.”

WES UNSELD – Regarding rumors that he would not be good enough for the pros:  “I thought so much about it, that I came to Baltimore in June, two days before I graduated from college.  I didn’t want to come up here and be just another player.  I wanted to be good.”

JERRY KINDALL – Just as I needed several years of minor league baseball to prepare me for the major leagues, so GOD requires of me in training in His Word before He can use me effectively.

ROSSETTI – Were there no God, we would be in this glorious world with grateful hearts, and no one to thank.

Anonymous – The highest reward for a man’s toil is not what he gets for it, but what he becomes by it.

©{BCB}

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For a .pdf file of this original Coach Bacevich Handout, click here:  Handout #254: Thoughts: A Great Football Season.  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 #236: Motivation

MOTIVATION

The word itself might furnish a simple outline for building emotion and desire to be successful in the classroom.

MORALE – Easier to motivate a person who has the proper morale.  There can be class morale (successful individual motivation must be n a one-on-0ne basis).  Be enthusiastic.  Enthusiasm is contagious.  Having a positive belief in what you are doing will help build confidence and morale.  Generate Morale.  Build a sense of pride in the student.  How do you bring this about?  You stress quality in everything the student does.  Morale comes about when you feel you are improving towards a worthwhile goal.  Morale is not being happy – morale is believing you are achieving something.  “MAKE ME FEEL GOOD AND I WILL PRODUCE.”

OPPORTUNITY – Most students respond favorably when given the opportunity to excel.  Class participation – avoid – just calling on the “smart” youngster – the one who always knows the answer – spot the kid that only occasionally puts up his/her hand – or – indicates he/she knows the answer by a gleam in the eyes.  Important – vary the degree of difficulty of the questions asked.

TOGETHERNESS – It is possible in a classroom situation.  Allow for some “Teamwork”.  “Pair-Off” a good student with a less-gifted student.  Important – distinguish between sharing thoughts, exchanging ideas – vs. “copying”.  Point out responsibilities re. copying – two-way responsibility.  Encourage (“sell”) students (in the same homeroom) to be responsible for all handouts, assignments, etc. for absentees.  Example in athletics:  squad responsibility for Training Rules.  “Build” – idea – class responsibility for any failures.

INITIATIVE – Challenge with assignments which leave room for initiative.  Give credit for “Over and above the call of duty” on assignments.  Doing more than is required has tremendous carry-over value.  Explain why that is important.

VARIETY – Avoid classroom boredom.  Dare to be different.  Vary teaching procedures.  Make periodic changes of seating.  Make full use of teaching aids – including the library.  Be creative.  Keep students “Guessing” – I wonder what the teacher will have for us today.

ATTITUDE – PMA – positive Mental Attitude – Best? – your own example.  Be enthusiastic – Cheerful.   Enjoy what you are doing.  Don’t bring personal problems to the classroom.  Equally important – For a happy home life, and the fun of teaching – avoid brining school/teaching problems home – along with a negative attitude.  Whatever kind of day you had in school, however difficult, try to maintain a sense of humor, and maintain a positive attitude.

TRADITION – “Sell” – there are several ways to do things:  The Right Way – The Wrong Way – and – the McAuley Way, which is:  the right way with “Over and above the call of duty” effort.  In your class – “A student who puts forth a total best possible/honest effort will not fail.”

IMPROVEMENT – Personalized progress reports – keep the student informed.

ORGANIZATION – To fulfill your teaching goals, it is important to be highly organized and leave little to chance.  Classroom procedures; allow for leadership – students:  take turns leading opening prayers – attendance check- vary distribution/picking up papers.  Be sure students understand what is expected from them – what can they expect from you.  “Make full use of time, facilities and equipment.  TIME is the most precious thing you have.  Avoid – “clock-watching” attitude.  Do not permit “slouching/sleeping” in the classroom.  Make certain you are a good example.

NOTORIETY – Recognition for accomplishment is important from childhood to old age.  When used properly it can be the cornerstone for building motivation.  If the student does something worthwhile, worth knowing about, then by all means, bring it up to the attention of the class.  Important – know which of your students are involved in extra-curricular activities.  Recognize their achievements, honors – in school and on the outside.  Make every effort to attend school events – games, contests, plays, etc.  If unable to do so, make every effort to get some info before class.

Teaching Philosophy

Important:  One you can live with.

Even though most of us have the same needs, we also have different personalities, energy levels and goals.  Therefore it is necessary for each of us to formulate an individual teaching philosophy.  The above – hopefully – will help you in the formulation or evaluation of your own.

“There is a time in every man’s education when he arrives at the conviction that envy is ignorance; that imitation is suicide; that he must take himself for better, for worse, as his portion; that though the wide universe is full of good, no kernel of nourishing corn can come to him but through his toil bestowed on that plot of ground which is given him to till.  The power which resides in him is new in nature, and none but he knows what that is which he can do, nor does he know until he has tried.”  — Self Reliance – Ralph Wade Emerson.

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QUOTABLE QUOTES

  • “The WORLD often turns aside to let a man pass who knows where he is going.”
  • “HONESTY is still the best policy – but strange to say – some people feel they cannot afford the best.”
  • “When a person thinks twice about something – he has to think a third time to play off the tie.”
  • “People who tell you a thing can’t be done are almost always authorities on failure.”

© {BCB}

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For a .pdf file of this original Coach Bacevich Handout, click here: Handout #236: Motivation. 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 #216: All You Need is Desire

All You Need is Desire

D E S I R E – THAT MAGIC word that inevitably crops up in any conversation involving a person’s chances of success in a chosen endeavor.  If we can convince ourselves really to want to attain a goal, there is actually little that cannot be accomplished.

THE POWER OF DEEP DESIRE – Rational thought, to be effective in changing belief and behavior, must be accomplished with deep feeling and desire.

Picture to yourself what you would like to be and have, and assume for the moment that such things might be possible.  Arouse a deep desire for these things.  Become enthusiastic about them.  Dwell upon them – and keep going over them in your mind.  Your present negative beliefs were formed by thought and feelings.  Generate enough emotion, or deep feeling, and your new thoughts and ideas will cancel them out.

FOOTBALL – NOW is the time to set goals for yourself and your team.  You must have a vision, a dream of just what you want to accomplish next fall.  Aim high, look upon your goal as a high ladder, each rung representing the things you must do in order to reach the top.  It will help you – if you write down what you want to achieve.  It is easier to achieve individual goals if you tie them in with team goals.  What kind of team do you want to play on?

PICK AN IDEAL – Someone you respect, admire – another athlete, a friend, a neighbor – someone you want to emulate.

IT HAS BEEN SAID – What we are is God’s gift to us, What we become is our gift to God.  Think about this for a moment.  “The real measure of an athlete is not what he is, but what he could be.”

POSITIVE MENTAL ATTITUDEKnow what you can do.  Believe in yourself.  Recognize your weakness – then change that weakness into power, and you can become a champion.  You can do what you want to do if you’ll only believe you can.  In addition to desire, deep, down burning desire – you must discipline yourself, you must have determination and finally, you must have dedication.

PLANS – Make no little plans; they have no magic to stir men’s blood and probably themselves will not be realized.  Make big plans; aim high in hope and work, remembering that a noble logical diagram once recorded will never die, but long after we are gone will be a living thing, asserting itself with overgrowing insistency.

All You Need is Desire – 71 – Roger Bacon FBall – Bacevich

© {BCB}

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For a .pdf file of this original Coach Bacevich Handout, click here: Handout #216: All You Need is Desire. Leaders and Followers. 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 #202: Winning Edge: Use of Visualization

Winning Edge:  Use of Visualization

1.  Basic Theory:

  • All actions start with thoughts.
  • Learn by trial and error.
  • Once a correct or successful response is learned, it is remembered for future use (forget failures).
  • Every person has a builtin guidance system or goal-striving device.
  • Mind cannot tell the difference between a real or imagined experience.
  • Principles:  (1) Must have a goal or target; (2) Must be oriented toward end results; (3) Do not be afraid of mistakes; (4) Skill learning is by trial and error.

2.  Picture self in a certain manner – nearly same as actual performance.

3.  Before we can be, we must become, before we become, we must be able to visualize our goals.

4.  If you want to achieve a thing, see it, visualize it, close your eyes a moment.  Get the mental picture.  Practice learning to think in pictures.  It must be mentally accomplished before it can be materially accomplished.

5.  Use of visualization on own:

  • You must believe that mind cannot tell the difference between real and imagined experience.
  • If you repeat something successfully over a long period of time, it becomes a habit.
  • If you practice something successfully in your mind, it is almost like actually doing it.
  • Visualize techniques, skills, charges, etc. but always successfully:  The more realistic you visualize, the more closely it will be associated with the real techniques, etc.
  • This is easy practice – requires no physical effort, only concentration of the mind.
  • You can visualize at any time – in the morning, or before bed-time, at lunch, on the “throne”, etc.
  • If you visualize something enough when do actually do it, you will have a feeling of having done it before successfully.
  • Helps to develop the habit of thinking positive.
  • Does not replace practice or on the field technique – it is only a learning aid – it can give you the extra edge.
  • It is not easy to do at first – it requires concentration on your part – you must develop the habit of visualizing.

Spartan Man Maker Football * Bron Bacevich

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For a .pdf file of this original Coach Bacevich Handout, click here: Handout #202: Winning Edge: Use of Visualization. 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 #173: A REAL WINNER

A REAL WINNER

The birth of a boy does not necessarily mean the making of a man.  It all depends on how he is brought up.  You cannot bring up a real boy on mush and milk.  You’ve got to throw him a little “raw meat” to chew on from time to time.  no boy will ever be much of a man unless he is a great deal of a boy.  So while he is still a boy, he’s got to stop being a quitter, a coward, a dirty player.  While he is still a boy, he’s got to start becoming a fighter, a plugger, a square shooter.  Only then can he become a real winner.

What is a real winner?  If we took all the men of this great nation above 18 years of age and piled them into three piles according to the kind of men they are, we would have a little 10% pile which would say “The Real Winners” on this side, and on the other side we would have a 10% pile of our men with a sign, “the Real Losers”, and then in the middle there would be a great mass of humanity.  80% of our men, with a sign which would say, “The Shoulder Shruggers.”  There is a difference.

Take one of these guys we call the real winner and analyze him, throw the psychology book at him, study him.  Notice that when he goes forth to do something, he goes about it with a clear, vivid picture in his mind of the thing he is fighting for, and at the same time he is extremely enthusiastic and has an intense, burning desire in his heart to fight for it.  When he is successful, when he wins – he wins graciously – he does not “crow”about it.  And when he loses, and sometimes a real winner will lose one, he loses gracefully – he does not “cry” about it.

When he does lose and you say to him, “Why did you lose?  You are supposed to be a real winner”.  He will look you squarely in the eye, put his hands on his hips, glare at the scoreboard and say, “I’ll be darned if I know why we lost.  We didn’t plan to lose.  We used every ounce of our energy and every spark of our spirit all the way – from the opening whistle until the final gun.  The scoreboard says we got beat.  Well – let me tell you something.  We got beat on the scoreboard, but we did not get beat in the heart.  We are still undefeated in the heart, and we’ll be bouncing back upon that scoreboard.  You can bet on that.”

Well, you can bet on it, because every fiber of this kid’s being vibrates with powerful, positive punch which pounds always towards victory.  It is natural for him to win.  It is in his nature to win.  He was brought up that way.  He is a real winner.  10% of our people are real winners.

Take one of these guys we call a real loser and analyze him.  When he sets out to do something, he doesn’t have the clear, vivid picture in his mind of the thing he is fighting for – He does not have a goal; he is uncertain.  He does not have the intense desire in his heart to go all out.  He does not put forth a complete, dedicated effort.  When he wins, he does not win graciously, because he crows to the high heaven about it.  He “brags”, he boasts – he appears to say “Look me over, baby.  I’m the hottest thing in town.”  When he loses, he “cries” about it, blames others and is full of alibis.

When you ask him why he lost – he may look you squarely in the eye (the real loser does not necessarily lack courage, he lacks direction) and will tell you exactly why he lost.  “You see old Joe out there?  the clock was running out – we were one point behind – Old Joe was going down teh sideline, wide open.  You saw me throw that ball forty yards – right on the button – one foot in front of Old Joe’s nose and he dropped it.  This is what cost us the game – Old Joe lost the ball game.

Or it might be, “Look at this ankle, I got hurt in the first quarter.  Let’s face it, I’m the “go-guy” on this football team, and I couldn’t go at full speed.”  Or he might also say, “you know why we lost – Just look at that old bald-headed baboon we’ve got for a coach . . . If we don’t get rid of that guy, we will lose more games.”  Or he might say, “you saw those guys in the striped shirts.  Jesse James used a pistol.  Those guys used a whistle and poured the red rag to us all night.”

A real loser can always tell you exactly why he lost, because he knows all the reasons for losing; therefore, he is always prepared mentally and spiritually to lose.  This explains why he is a loser.  Don’t bet on him.  Every fiber of his being is saturated with alibi upon alibi.  It is his nature to lose – he has made losing a habit.  10% of our people are losers.

Now let us consider the 80% of the people in the middle group, the shoulder-shrugger and analyze him.  When he goes forth to do something, he does not have the clear, mental picture of his goal, the thing he is striving for.  Therefore he will not fight to achieve, he will not put forth the extra effort.  When he wins, he wins graciously enough, because it is not important enough to get all enthused about it.  When he does lose and you ask, “Why did you lose?  You had more ability . . . You should have won this one.”  he will look at you, smile sweetly, turn his hands palm up, shrug his shoulders, and say, ‘Oh, you know how it is:  win a few, lose a few – that’s life.”  And that is life for 80% of the people.

Sat away from the real loser as if he had the plague.  Avoid him!

Yes, a shoulder-shrugger can change.  The only difference between a shoulder-shrugger and a real winner is this:  The real winner knows the magic word of the winner, the formula that refuses to fail.  No, he will never make a real winner, but he can become a consistent winner, and win more than he loses.

What is the magic word of the real winner?  What is the greatest word in education?  What is the greatest word in football?  What is the greatest word in the American way of life?  It is a long word, a 10 letter word – it is not difficult to spell.  You spell it M-O-T-V-A-T-I-O-N.  Motivation – the stuff that permeates every part of your person – when you have in your mind a clear, vivid picture of the thing you are seeking, your goal or ambition, the thing you are fighting for.  And you have in your heart an intense, burning desire to fight, to achieve, to succeed.  That’s the magic word of the winner, the formula that refuses to fail.  Motivation is DESIRE.  Enthusiastic desire to reach your goal.

That’s what makes some youth go out in the hot sun until he gets blisters on his feet and his gut aches.  Makes some lift weights until it hurts.  The motivated person will do everything possible to make himself a better person, and a greater football player.  The motivated athlete will make all necessary sacrifices (he will abide by common sense training rules, he will be physically fit at all times) and will put forth all the extra effort it takes to become and stay a winner.

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For a .pdf file of this original Coach Bacevich Handout, click here:  Handout #173: 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 #158: Sleep and Sports; Athletes and Citizenship

Sleep and Sports

Not even an athlete worn out from practice, sleeps like a log.  Everyone “tosses” and “turns” in their sleep in varying degrees.   This factor (termed “motility”) has been measured in scientific experiments.  Sleep scientists know the average motility of the average person.  They can measure any individual’s average motility in normal sleep.

Many factors influence the number of tosses and turns.  Hard physical exercise does not seem to be one of these factors but competitive activity with its emotional component steps up motility (indicating restlessness).  The extent of interference with sleep depends on the emotional makeup of the athlete.

Sleep has been called “the great restorer.”  The Athlete, because of the wear and tear of vigorous physical activity, in in particular need of such restoration.  The old maxim of 8 hours of sleep is still a good minimum for the average person.  But many trainers and team physicians advocate nine hours or more, even at the high school and college level.  Sleep needs differ, but habit is a strong influence.  Because of this factor, a layer often gets less sleep than he really needs for top performance.

A safe recommendation by a high school coach is nine hours of sleep for each player.  Few high school athlete can remain in top condition with less than this amount.  The coach should note variable needs and advise those athletes who seem to require extra rest and sleep.  Sleep, along with nutrition, is probably one of the most important factors in the training program (regimen).  – American Medical Association

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Athletes and Citizenship

You know, Coach, when the day comes that you and I are not proud of this great country, then we are in serious trouble.  Today our country is fair game for comedians, unhappy people and critics whose sole aim is to degrade and downgrade everything American.  We who are educating good citizens, and building leadership qualities amongst our students, need to express how we truly feel about this great country.

High school athletics certainly reflect the positive and creative forces of democracy in action.  We take great pride in our athletes who represent their fellow students and communities each time they don their uniform and compete.  We do develop and instill citizenship in our athletes.  We get a great thrill from living in a country where young men can compete against other young men for fun, and not for life or death.  Citizenship is the trademark of interscholastic athletics – it cannot be overemphasized!

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*  He who is wrapped up in himself makes a small package.

*  Counting time is not so important as making time count.

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For a .pdf file of this original Coach Bacevich Handout, click here: Handout #158: Sleep and Sports; Athletics and Citizenship.   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 #138: How to Influence People!; How’s Your Disposition

 

HOW TO INFLUENCE PEOPLE!

One of the items most prized by collectors of antique autos is the Benz, a pioneer German car, first produced about a century ago, When its manufacturer, Karl Benz, put his car on the market he found that people didn’t take too kindly to the odd contraption. It was noisy; it scared horses; and, what was even more disturbing to the skeptical public, the “crazy scheme” worked!

Bowing to local pressure, the civic officials immediately passed a law to limit the speed of “horseless carriages” – six kilometers an hour inside the city and twelve outside. Benz realized that he would never be able to market the car if autos had to creep along like that, but all of his arguments got him nowhere. Finally, he wrote an important government official and invited him to take a ride in the sinister vehicle. He then arranged with a milkman to park his milk wagon on a certain street and, as soon as the car went by, to whip up his ancient horse and pass it, favoring Benz and his distinguished guest with German equivalent of a Bronx cheer.

The plan worked perfectly. The official was furious, and demanded that Benz overtake his rude competition. But Benz, all apologies, declared he couldn’t do it on account of the ridiculous speed law. Shortly thereafter the law was changed.

Influencing people is the art of letting them have your way.

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HOW’S YOUR DISPOSITION?

LIKEABLE old fellow we know seems to be getting a bit crotchety as he grows older. The other day somebody asked him what had happened to the cheery disposition he once had, and he answered, “I have always tried to see the good in everybody, but lately my eyes ain’t been what they use to be.”

One way you can tell whether you are getting old before your time is to ask yourself whether you are more critical of other people than you once were; whether your “eyes” that used to spot the good in others – “ain’t what they use to be.”

If you would keep your reactions young, nip in the bud any developing tendency to find fault; find good! This will keep you lithe emotionally and it will keep you being agreeable – the kind of a person people can keep liking. Not only can it keep your popular with your associates, it can keep you popular with yourself.

This is artistry in living. Like any other part, it requires continuous practice – especially as you grow older. If neglected, arthritis of the personality sets in.

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The better part of one’s life consists of one’s life consists of friendships. — Abraham Lincoln

Winning has always meant much to me, but winning friends has meant the most. — “Babe” Didrickson Zaharies

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For a .pdf file of this original Coach Bacevich Handout, click here: Handout #138: How to Influence People!; How’s Your Disposition.   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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