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Handout #1: Athletics, Guts, Courage

ATHLETICS 

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.

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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!!!

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

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

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