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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.

© {BCB}

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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.”

© {BCB}

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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 #307: Young People’s Bill of Responsibilities

Young People’s Bill of Responsibilities

  1. Honor my parents, my elders – AND – Myself – That I may:
  2. Take care of my body, mind and spirit.
  3. Improve myself through education, in preparation for the future.
  4. Perform my work to the best of my ability.
  5. Develop high moral principles and the courage to live by them.
  6. Grow in character and ability as i grow in size.
  7. Respect the rights and feelings of others.
  8. Be honest with myself and others in everything I say and do.
  9. Set a good example so others may enjoy and profit from my company.
  10. Obey the laws of society and live in harmony with others.
  11. Preserve and support our American way of life and the government of our people.
  12. Keep in mind that I was not put on this earth to amuse myself or simply enjoy the fruits of the labor of others.  I shall endeavor to be of service to my fellow man and leave the world a better place than I found it.

Now Then, How will YOU Measure Up?????

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It Has Been Said

  • One of the mysteries of life is how the boy who wasn’t good enough to marry the daughter can be the father of the smartest grandchild in the world.
  • Hardening of the heart ages people more quickly than hardening of the arteries.
  • A good coach needs a patient wife, a loyal dog and a great quarterback, but not necessarily in that order.
  • When it comes to helping others – some people stop at nothing.
  • Mistrust the man who finds everything good, the man who finds everything evil, and still more, the man who is indifferent to everything.
  • Don’t walk in front of me, I may not follow.  Don’t walk behind me, I may not lead, BUT walk decides me, and be my very dear friend.
  • Count your life by smiles not tears, Count your age by friends not years.
  • Love reduces friction to a fraction.

© {BCB}

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For a .pdf file of this original Coach Bacevich Handout, click here: Handout #307: Young People’s Bill of Responsibilities. 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 #299: Parent’s Code

Parent’s Code

Parents should remember:

  • Children have more need of example than criticism.
  • Make athletic participation for your child and others a positive experience.
  • Attempt to relieve the pressure of competition, not to increase it.
  • A child is easily affected by outside influences.
  • Be kind to your child’s coach and to officials.  The coach is a volunteer giving of personal time and money to provide a recreational activity for your child.  The coach is providing valuable community service often without reward other than the personal satisfaction of having served the community.
  • The opponents are necessary friends.  Without them, your child could not participate.
  • Applaud good plays by your team and by members of the other team.

Between the exuberance of the winner and the disappointment of the loser, we find a person called a referee.  All of them follow the same creed to watch every move of every player and to call the game to the best of his/her ability.

  • Do not openly question his/her judgment and never the honesty.
  • Accept the results of fair play, integrity and sportsmanship.
  • Accept the results of each game.  Encourage the child to: (a) be gracious in victory; and (b) turn defeat to victory by working towards improvements.

Parental evaluation carries a great deal of weight with the pre-adolescent. The attitude shown by parents at games towards the child, the opposing team, the officials and the coach influences the child’s values and behavior in sports.

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Teamwork

It’s all very well to have courage and skill and its fine to be counted a star, but the single deed with it’s touch of thrill doesn’t tell us the man you are; for there’s no lone hand in the game we play, we must work to a bigger scheme, and the thing that counts in the world today is how do you pull with the team?

They may sound your praise and may call you great, they may single you out for fame, but you must work with your running mate or never you’ll win the game. For never the work of life is done by the man with a selfish dream, for the battle is lost or the battle is won by the spirit of the team.

You may think it’s fine to be praised for skill. But a greater thing to do is to set your mind and your will on the goal that’s just in view; it’s helping your fellow man to score when his chances hopeless seem, it’s forgetting self till the game is o’er and fighting for the team.

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Family – Friends . . .

  • MAN is that foolish creature who tries to get even with his enemies – and ahead of his – FRIENDS.
  • Make new friends but keep the old:  the old are silver, the latter gold.
  • Be kind.  Remember everyone you meet is fighting a hard battle.
  • The time to make FRIENDS is before you need them.
  • Let parents bequeath to children not riches, but the spirit of Reverence.
  • Good family life is never an accident – but – always an achievement by those who share it.
  • The mother’s heart is the child’s school room.
  • Do unto others as if others were you.

© {BCB}

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For a .pdf file of this original Coach Bacevich Handout, click here: Handout #299: Parent’s Code; Teamwork. 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.

© {BCB}

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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 #295: CAN’T . . . ; How a Child Lives

CAN’T . . .

CAN’T is the worst word that’s written or spoken;

Doing more harm than slander or lies;

On it is many a strong spirit broken.

It springs from the lips of the thoughtless each morning

And robs us of courage we need through the day.

It rings in our ears like a timely-sent warning

And laughs when we falter and fall by the way.

CAN’T is the father of feeble endeavor.

The parent of terror and half-hearted work;

It weakens the efforts of artisans clever.

And makes of the toiler an indolent shirk.

It poisons the soul of the man with a vision;

It stifles in infancy many a plan;

It greets honest toiling with open decision

And mocks at the hopes and the dreams of a man.

CAN’T is a word none should speak without blushing;

To utter it should be a symbol of shame;

Ambition and courage it daily is crushing;

It blights a man’s purpose and shortens his aim,

Despise it with all of your hatred of error;

Refuse it the lodgment it seeks in your brain;

Arm against it as a creature of terror.

And all that you dream of you some day shall gain.

CAN’T is the word that is foe to ambition.

An enemy ambushed to shutter your will;

Its prey is forever the man with a mission

And bows but to courage and patience and skill.

Hate it, with hatred that’s deep and undying.

For once it is welcomed ’twill break any man;

Whatever the goal you are seeking, keep trying

And answer this demon by saying, “I CAN.”

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How a Child Lives . . .

If a child lives with criticism, he learns to condemn.

If a child lives with hostility, he learns to fight.

If a child lives with fear, he learns to be apprehensive.

If a child lives with pity, he learns to feel sorry for himself.

If a child lives with jealousy, he learns to feel guilty.

If a child lives with encouragement, he learns to be confident.

If a child lives with tolerance, he learns to be patient.

If a child lives with praise, he learns to be appreciative.

If a child lives with acceptance, he learns to love.

If a child lives with approval, he learns to like himself.

If a child lives with recognition, he learns to have a goal.

If a child lives with fairness, he learns what justice is.

If a child lives with honesty, he learns what truth is.

If a child lives with security, he learns to have faith in himself and in those about him.

If a child lives with friendliness, he learns that the world is a good place in which to live.

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Overheard

  • Why are you so agitated, and why are these doubts rising in your hearts.  -Luke 24:38
  • Never let the sun set on your anger or else you will give the devil a foothold.  -Eph. 4:27
  • The great difficulty in education is to get experience out of ideas.
  • God stands as it were a handbreath off, leaving his creatures room to grow in.
  • Life is like playing a violin in public and learning the instrument as one goes on.
  • Give what you have. To someone, it may be better than you dare to think.
  • Be not simply good, be good for something.
  • God has put something noble and good into every heart which his hand has created.
  • The only way on earth to multiply happiness is to divide it.

© {BCB}

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For a .pdf file of this original Coach Bacevich Handout, click here: Handout #295: CAN’T; How a Child Lives . . .. Coach Bacevich gave binders of his motivational handouts to thousands of people. You should print this original Coach Bacevich Handout together with the others in each weekly post and start your binder of these motivational handouts. Then read and browse the material as you desire. Soon you will have a treasure of information at your fingertips whenever you need a little inspiration and motivation from the Coach as you pursue your aspirations!

Many of Coach Bacevich’s Handouts were written for his football players as the audience. This is an example of good information written for his football players but so very applicable in all of life, sports and otherwise. When you see the phrase “football player” or “athlete”, substitute that phrase with whatever fits your situation, such as Employee, Team Member, Hockey Player, Basketball Player, etc.

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Handout #288: Family Togetherness

Family Togetherness

May we treat one another with Honesty, Respect and Care.  For that is the only way we will ever grow together.

May we share the little discoveries – Remembering that each one of us has something to say, and listening is important too.

May we always try to be sensitive to one another’s joys – To one another’s sorrows, needs and changing moods, and realize that being a loving family means sometimes not understanding everyone, all the time.

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It’s Not Easy

  • To apologize, To begin over, To be unselfish . . .
  • To take advice, To be considerate, To endure success . . .
  • To keep trying, To forgive and forget . . .
  • To shoulder a deserved blame . . . To recognize the silver lining . . . But this is Faith in Action

FAITH is the bird that still sings when the dawn is still dark.

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Wisdom . . . It wasn’t until quite late in life that I discovered how easy it is to say, “I don’t know“.  —  Somerset Maugham

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HANG TOUGH!

There are all kinds of people . . . People with all kinds of talent . . . Very few of us are good enough the first time out . . . The key is to keep trying  . . . Keep developing your skills, your talents . . . Keep going for your goals.

Many quit when the going gets tough . . . They satisfy themselves with second best or no or nothing at all . . . No one ever gets ahead by sitting back . . . You must keep trying . . . Learn to HANG TOUGH.

The thing that develops character in people most times is adverse situations.  In other words, the discipline and conditioning programs they went through, the punishment and the suffering . . . these all develop character.

* You have to realize that it is only in the crucial situation that you have the opportunity for greatness.

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CHARACTER

  • It is not what he has, nor even what he does, which directly expresses the worth of a man, but what he is.
  • Character is what you are in the dark.
  • The measure of a man’s real character is what he would do if he knew he would never be found out.
  • The father of a man knows himself to be from perfection, the nearer he is to it.
  • The most consummately beautiful thing in the Universe is the rightly fashioned life of a good person.

© {BCB}

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For a .pdf file of this original Coach Bacevich Handout, click here:  Handout #288: Family Togetherness.  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.”

© {BCB}

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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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