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Handout #352: The Family in America

The Family In America

The raising of children, and their training, is a serious obligation which the conscientious parent cannot delegate to others. It is part of his/her job to see that the children become useful members of society – and that is a personal responsibility.

Such parents as mine, for instance, had no inhibitions about “cramping a child’s style” or obliterating his personality. They realized, as sensible people, that the job of training a child is one that takes strength of purpose and deep love with a long-range view – not the kind that coddles and indulges, and allows a child to imagine that the world is going to be his oyster . . . . The experience of my whole life tells me that successful dealings between men are influenced for good or ill by home backgrounds.

It seems to me that the American family used to be more closely knit; though it was made up of individuals, there was a unity, a common interest. And this gave a strong feeling of security to each member of the family unit. I do not say that this situation does not exist today – but I do say, and I have years of observation to prove it – that the average parent today, in his desire to make his children happy and give them everything they want, is less apt to instill in them those qualities of character that grow out of wholesome self-denial.

Many people assume that this is an outmoded point of view, belonging to a slower, simpler way of life. Quite the contrary; the speed and complexity of present day living require of us, if anything, greater discipline and fortitude, to enable us to see and do what is important.

If we are to keep America secure, we must look to the preservation of the American family. We must concern ourselves deeply, and with wise love, about our children. We must know where they are, what they are doing, what they are learning. We must take a hand in teaching them, day by day, not controlling, but guiding. They are the new citizens who will receive the torch from our hands and carry it on.

America. If it is sound and right, we need to have no fears for America. And there, I think, is the job which lies at hand for everyone, and which no one can side-step without danger to our American way of life.

— J.C. Penney

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Glen Cunningham, one-time mile record holder – “My legs are the weakest part of me! I run more from the hips up then from the hips down. This is how it has to be with anybody – you can go where your heart takes you, not your legs. The handicap can become a great blessing if you run like a man, not a jackrabbit.

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For a .pdf file of this original Coach Bacevich Handout, click here:  Handout #352: The Family in America. 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 #332: Momma Look at your Big Boy Now

Momma Look at your Big Boy Now

Came along this bouncing boy to dad’s delight, to my great joy.  So small and cuddly, with a little cute grin, fat and chubby with a double chin.

“A ball from me”, said dad, so proud, ‘A star of the future above the crowd.”

And I sat back with a sigh of bliss, and thanked the Lord for all of this.

Momma, look at your big boy now.

He grew so fast, my cute little tike, pulled his wagon and rode hid trike, played in the dirt and scratched his knees, slammed the doors and climbed in trees.

And at times I thought, above it all, this kid will drive me up the wall!

But he came to me streaming tears about his bumps and childhood fears, and sat upon my lap to rest, laid his head upon my breast, and looking angelic as he could do, he whispered, ‘Momma – I love you.”

And I thought to myself – while I held him in my arms, I love this boy with all his charms.

Momma, look at your big boy now.

Then came the day he left for school, the ABC’s and social rule, Will he be safe and keep himself neat?  Will he behave and have plenty to eat?

I will worry and frat as he leaves my side – but have faith he will grown and stay in stride.  He performed his tasks each and every day and even was the dragon in the kindergarten play.  With happiness and pride – it showed on my face,

Momma, look at your big boy now.

As the years went by so very fast, I came to know a change at last.  Through the door he would fly, to the cupboard with seeking eye.  “Mom, I’m hungry – what’s to eat,” floppin’ on the chair and proppin’ his feet.

Did you make your bed and cut the grass?  Clean the tub and shine the brass?

Ah, Mom – all the guys are playing ball, and I need the practice to beat ’em all.  Cause I’m going too make the team this year and be the tough guy they all fear.

You better do your chores and mind your biz or you’re going to find out who the tough guy is!

“Ah Mom” – and faster than the words were said, up the stairs, he hit the bed.  And with a feeling of abuse, I said to myself, what’s the use?

Momma, look at your big boy now!

Then came the drills, in the heat of August steam.  “Bye Mom – I’m going to make the team.”

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For a .pdf file of this original Coach Bacevich Handout, click here:  Handout #332: Momma Look at your Big Boy Now. 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 #296: A Family Is . . .

A Family Is . . .

A family is people who grow together in faith, work together in hope, worship together in love.

Bear one another’s faults, share one another’s joy, need one another, support one another, look for God in one another, see God in everyone, live as individuals, are separate yet one.

A family is people who are joined by God’s presence living in each other.

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For a .pdf file of this original Coach Bacevich Handout, click here: Handout #296: A Family 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 #282: A Mother’s Day Letter

A Mother’s Day Letter

Although I may not be a poet or a good writer, you should know that I would like to show my love and deep appreciation to you in this, your special day.

The things you do for me may seem of little importance, but to me they are of great importance because they show you care.  Sometimes I may forgot to say “thank you” when you do a favor for me; but, Mother, please remember I am only human.  The biggest favor you did for me was to bring me into the word, and I am in deep gratitude to you for this big decision.

I hope you were happy when you decided to have me because I know that I enjoy this life that you, Dad and Almighty God gave me.  I will try to the best of my abilities to make you proud of your little boy who is slowly growing into a Christian gentlemen just as you had dreamed.

So, Mother, I hope this letter of my deepest thoughts is gift enough for you, on this special day.  — Ken Ungruhe

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Oh Wonderful Man . . .

Oh wonderful man.  Oh intelligent creature – brilliant, creative – Your very best feature.

You fly ’round the moon with apparent great ease.  So, why toss your underwear wherever you please?

You provide for your families, sometimes the best.  But you can’t make a sandwich without making a mess.

You learn as young boys these traits of a man, let Mom pick it up whenever you can.

Women tolerate these things and could learn not to frown.  Only flush the damn toilet and put the seat down.

— A Frustrated Housewife.

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ST. IGNATIUS – To give and not count the cost; to fight and not heed the wounds; to toil and not to seek for rest; to labor and not ask for reward save knowing that we do Thy will.

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St. Francis of Assissi — The Devil exults most when he can steal a man’s joy of spirit from him.  he carries a powder with him to throw into any smallest possible chinks of out conscience, to soil the sportlessness of our mind and the purity of our life.  But when spiritual joy fills our hearts, the Serpent pours out his deadly poison in vain.

Overheard Recently — A Catholic priest received a letter from a friend of his, also a priest.  The friend, a native Virginian, mentioned that he had been tormented by inner conflict over the upcoming basketball game between Notre dame Fighting Irish and the University of Virginia Cavaliers.  In conclusion, he wrote:  “Crush ’em, cavaliers!”  And in parentheses, he added”  “Forgive me, but blood is thicker than Holy Water.”

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For a .pdf file of this original Coach Bacevich Handout, click here: Handout #282: A Mother’s Day Letter. 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 #276: What is a Boy?

What is a Boy?

Between the innocence of babyhood and the dignity of manhood, we find a delightful creature called a boy.  Boys come in assorted sizes, weights, and colors, but all boys have the same creed:  to enjoy every second of every minute of every hour of every day and to protest with noise (their only weapon) when their last minute is finished and the adult males pack them off to bed at night.

Boys are found everywhere – on top of, underneath, inside of, climbing on, swinging from, running around, or jumping to.  Mothers love them, little girls hate them, older sisters and brothers tolerate them, adults ignore them, and Heaven protects them.  A boy is Truth with dirt on his face, Beauty with a cut of his finger, Wisdom with bubble gum on his hair, and the hope of the future with a frog in his pocket.

When you are busy, a boy is inconsiderate, bothersome, intruding jangle of noise.  When you want him to make a good impression, his brain turns to jelly or else he becomes a savage, sadistic, jungle creature bent on destroying the world and himself with it.

A boy is a composite – he has the appetite of a horse, the digestion of a sword swallower, the energy of a pocket-sized atomic bomb, the curiosity of a cat, the lungs of a dictator, the imagination of a Paul Bunyan, the shyness of a violet, the audacity of a steel trap, the enthusiasm of a firecracker, and when he makes something he has five thumbs on each hand.

He likes ice cream, knives, saws, Christmas, comic books, the boy across the street, woods, water (in its natural habitat), large animals, Dad, trains, Saturday mornings, and fire engines.  He is not much for Sunday school, company, schools, books without pictures, music lessons, neckties, barbers, girls, overcoats, adults or bedtime.

Nobody else is so early to rise, or so late to supper.  Nobody else gets so much fun out of trees, dogs and breezes.  Nobody else can cram into one pocket a rusty knife, a half-eaten apple, three feet of string, and empty Bull Durham sack, two gum drops, six cents, a slingshot, a chunk of unknown substance, and a genuine supersonic code ring with secret compartment.

A boy is a magical creature – you can lock him out of your workshop, but your can’t lock him out of your heart.  You can get him out of your study, but you cant get him out of your mind.  Might as well give up – he is your captor, your jailer, your boss, and your master – a freckle-faced, pint-sized, cat-chasing, bundle of noise.  But when you come home at night with only the shattered pieces of your hopes and dreams, he can mend them like new with two magic words, “Hi Dad!”  — Alan Beck, The Treasure Chest

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CHILDREN — Life is a flame that is always burning itself out, but it catches fire again every time a child is born.

bcb – rb – 1981

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For a .pdf file of this original Coach Bacevich Handout, click here: Handout #276: What is a Boy?. 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 #267: A Father’s Prayer

A Father’s Prayer . . .

I have a boy  to bring up.  Help me to perform my task with wisdom and kindness, and good cheer.  Help me to see him clearly as he is.  Let not my fear for him magnify my doubts.  Let not my pride in him hide his faults.  Quicken my judgment, so that I shall know how to train him to think, and to be, pure and simple.

Give me great patience and long memory.  Let me remember the hard places of my own youth, that I may help when I see him struggling as i struggled.  Let me remember the things that made me glad, lest I forget that a child’s laughter is the light of life.

Teach me that love knows no weakness, tolerates no selfishness.  Keep me from weakening my son through granting him pleasures that end in sickness of soul.  Grant that I may love my boy wisely.

I have a boy to bring up.  Teach me to give him true values and beauty, just rewards of industry.  Help me to send him into the world with a mission of service.  Strengthen my mind, that I may teach him that he is his brother’s keeper, and serve those who know not the need of service, and not knowing, need it the most.

I have a boy to bring up.  So guide me and direct me that I may do this service to the Glory of God, and the service of my country, and to my son’s happiness.  In the name of Jesus Christ our Lord, Amen.

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Great Referee of all Mankind

Help us in our Divine task of helping others as we help ourselves.  DO not let our love for fun go in the wrong direction.  Help us to play the game of life according to the rules, and that we be good examples.

Help us to remember that when someone wins, someone loses; that victory is accomplished by good breaks; so that when we win, we do not crow, and when we lose, we do not cry.

Help us to remember that every human being is created in your image and is scared.

We than Thee, Almighty God, for all the great gifts you have given us:  Physically, Mentally, and Spiritually, and we humbly try to reciprocate by dedicating our lives of helping others who are less fortunate.  Amen.

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To Be Successful . . .

  • Don’t worry when you know you are doing the best you know how to do.
  • Don’t hurry when success depends of accuracy.
  • Don’t believe a thing is impossible without trying it.
  • Don’t imagine that good intentions are enough.
  • Don’t think evil of a friend unless you have all the facts.
  • Don’t harbor bitterness in your soul overnight.

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Random Thoughts . . .

  • There is not right way to do the wrong thing.
  • All people smile in the same language.
  • The future belongs to those who prepare for it.
  • The pessimist sees the difficulty in every opportunity; the optimist sees the opportunity in every difficulty.

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For a .pdf file of this original Coach Bacevich Handout, click here: Handout #267: A Fathers Prayer. 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 #232: Coach- Take my Daughter and Make her a Woman…

Coach- Take my Daughter and Make her a Woman…

Dear Coach:

My daughter will come to you today and wants to try out for your team.  It is going to be sort of strange and new to her for a while, and I wish you would sort of treat her gently, but make her a woman.

You see, up to now she’s been Queen of the Roost.  She’s been boss of our backyard.  Her mother has always been near to soothe and repair her feelings.  but now, things are going to be different, coach, for today she will start out on a great new adventure.  It is an adventure that will probably include defeat and tragedy and sorrow within her soul.  But I believe this is the best road for her to travel if she is to become a woman.

So, Coach, I wish you would sort of look after her.  Teach her the things that she must know.  Be firm when you must, but gentle as you can.  She will have to learn, I know, that playing sports is for a favored few; for the really strong and tough; for those who like and take it rough.

In your world of sport, she will see that all women are not just, that all women are not true, but teach her to play fair and try to win is the thing she must strive to do.  She must learn it is far more honorable to fail with a good try rather than to cheat or lie.

Teach her to stand up to those who would be tough, but to be gentle and have compassion for those of misfortune who have had life rough.

Teach her, if you can, Coach, that for every defeat someday there will be a victory, that for every loss there will be a win, and with each win, there will come a new friend.

Let her learn early that to make an excuse will only result in self abuse, and that those who talk a lot usually put themselves on the spot.

Teach her, if you can, Coach, how to laugh when she’s sad.  Teach her there is no shame in tears.  Teach her there can be glory in failure and despair in success.

Treat her gently if you can.  She’s a little young to play like a woman.  But don’t coddle her because only the test of fire makes a fine steel.  Let her have the courage to be impatient.  Let her have the patience to be brave.

Teach her not to be ordinary, that it takes courage to excel, and that she must excel.

Let her know that it is better to wear out than to rust out.

Teach her to associate herself with women of good quality for the protection of her reputation; for is better to be alone than in bad company.

She must know that when she is through improving, she is through.

Try to teach her to thank God every morning when she gets up that she has something to do that day which must be done, whether she likes it or not.  Being forced to work, and forced to do her best will breed in herself temperance and self-control, diligence and strength of will, cheerfulness and content, and a hundred virtues which the idle woman will never know.

She must learn to do her best at everything she attempts because a job poorly done stands as witness against the woman who did it.

Teach her how to be humble if she wins and how to be a winner without winning; for she must understand that only one comes in first, but that every one is a winner if she has done her very best.

Teach her how to have faith in herself, in all that she does; because she will always have faith in mankind.

You must always teach her, for I am prejudice for her much more than you.  Teach me to know when to help her up when she is down; when to leave her alone when she is low and on her own when she must get up and go.

I know this is a lot to ask, but I know it is possible because there were coaches in my past, so, when she comes to you today, offer her your hand and try to make her an athlete, but first a woman.

Sincerely,

A Mother

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For a .pdf file of this original Coach Bacevich Handout, click here: Handout #232: Coach- Take my Daughter and Make her a Woman…. 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 #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

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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 #192: A Message to Mom and Dad

A Message to Mom and Dad . . . .

It is our well-considered opinion, after nearly fifty years in football – as player and coach, that the game is worth playing.

FOOTBALL, in its rightful place, is the most wholesome and valuable sport in schools and colleges today.  As no other sport or pastime, it teaches a boy in his formative years to control and command his powers; to focus them upon a single end, and to mobilize them quickly and completely.

FOOTBALL teaches him to think fast and realistically, to disregard pain and risk in pursuit of a desired end, and to subordinate his interests to those of the group.  It teaches him to call upon and expend in an emergency his last reserve of strength and courage and to pour out all his energy in furious effort.  At the same time, he learns to observe the rules of the game, regard the rights of others and stay within the limits dictated by decency and sportsmanship.

FOOTBALL not only teaches the boy the will to win and the way to win, but something elseIt teaches him how to meet defeat.  When he is defeated, what is his attitude?  Does he curl up and quit?  Does he whine?  Does he attack the sportsmanship and ability of his opponent?  Or does he keep his chest out and his head up and face the world with clear eyes and self-respect?  In FOOTBALL, he will learn to consider defeat merely as a temporary setback, and in his heart he will echo the words of a brave old Scotsman wounded in battle:

“Fight on, my men,” Sir Andrew said, “A little I’m hurt, but not yet slain:

I’ll just lie down and bleed awhile, and then I’ll rise and fight again.”

This is training; it seems to us, that turns a young man toward good and useful citizenship.  We reiterate that football is a game worth playing, that it is worth playing well, and that it cannot be played well unless it is played hard.  If this book can help spread that philosophy and contribute a little something to its practical application, our efforts have brought a rich reward.

WE ARE MOST PLEASED, HAPPY AND PROUD TO HAVE YOUR SON ON THE ROGER BACON SQUAD.  YOU ARE TO BE CONGRATULATED FOR GIVING YOUR SON THIS OPPORTUNITY TO PARTICIPATE IN FOOTBALL.

Cordially,

Bron Bacevich

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For a .pdf file of this original Coach Bacevich Handout, click here: Handout #192: A Message to Mom and Dad . . . .. 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 #181: She is My Mother . . .

SHE IS MY MOTHER

A MOTHER TAKES ALL …

  •  A Mother takes the all. She accepts the whole child.
  • All its discomforts. All its cries.
  • All its struggles.  All its needs.
  • All its foolishness.  All its sleeplessness.
  • All its wants. All its whims.
  • All its sickness. All its washings.
  • All its hungers. All its thirsts.

Wise King Solomon* She would not take the half. * I Kings 4:25-27

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A MOTHER’S HEART …

Your heart, because you shared it, became an important part of my world.

You were my model for laughter and sharing – for anger and caring – for helping others and for loving all.

Your feelings have shaped the realness of my heart.

Perhaps, by carrying your reflection with me for a time beyond you, I may share your gift of love in the hourly doings of each my days, with my friends, my children, with each wayfaring stranger, and they in turn, perhaps, with their own.

All that has come from you, and passes through me, is certainly one of your claims to immortality.

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MOTHER, THE UNIVERSAL SUFFERER

Why bears the Mother such a burden? Why accepts she her children’s load?

She bears the cross to prevent her child from being placed upon it.

She, the Mother, the Universal Sufferer, attempts atonement for the erring child with her own pain, seeking redemption for the imp, with own anguish.

Right or wrong, lion-like, she defends the hapless child tooth and nail. As she carries her child’s cross, she herself is borne upon it.

So much so, that perhaps some day, even at the Judgement Seat when some guilty wretch cries out, “but what have I done that Thou wouldst leave me enter?” the Rolling Thunder might respond, “thy Mother prayed!” *

* Isaiah 66:3

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LABOR OF LOVE …

Many have seen the fruits of your long labor of love. Your mature children now tramp their own paths in step to their own drummer.

See them? See how they make music with their giggles, and yells, and cheers?

Such a lively tempo of jumps, and climbs, and runs!

I, too, am one of these, stepping, to my own tune as I march … towards Infinity.

© {BCB}

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For a .pdf file of this original Coach Bacevich Handout, click here:  HANDOUT #181: She is My Mother . . .. 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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