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Handout #1: Athletics, Guts, Courage


AAMBITIONAmbition to be the best possible player in one’s position on his team.    

TTRAININGThe first requisite for any athelete if he aspires to be outstanding. 

HHONESTY – To one’ self, to team, to teammates, to coaches, to the school and to the community.

LLOYALTY – To family, school, coaches, to one’s team and teammates.  The real measure of class – a class athlete. 

EELIGIBILITY – Regardless of one’s potential or ability, an ineligible player is of no value to his team.  Education is the prime purpose of school.

TTRUST WORTHINESS – A trait which an athlete must posses if he expects to be a leader.  You should always be able to be counted on.

IIMPROVEMENTThis is what makes a champion.  A truly good athlete is constantly searching for ways to improve.  He hates mediocrity.

CCOURAGE – The greatest of all human qualities.  The ability to do that which is right regardless of how the game is going.

SSTICK-TO-IT-IVE-NESSThe very best quality at athlete can possess.  To see every task through to the very end, be it bitter or sweet.  To “hang in” when the going is toughest.


There is a certain blend of courage, integrity, character and principle which has no satisfactory dictionary name, but it has been called different things in different countries.  Our American name for its is — G – U – T – S!!!


COURAGE is the first of human qulaities because it is the quality which guarantees all others.


For a PDF file of the original Coach Bacevich Handout, click here Handout #1 Athletics

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