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FWS Essay 3 - Raesly 1 Throughout years of playing sports I...

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Raesly 1 Throughout years of playing sports I have learned some very important life lessons; everything from teamwork and fair play all the way to determination and a never-say-no attitude, but there is one item that I will never forget: the respect for those in positions of authority. Authority is what constitutes the hierarchy within each locker room. First, all rules and regulations go instituted by the coach, then you listen to your captains, next the precedent set by those who played before you, and finally what the players around you have to say. This form of hierarchy is especially true for lacrosse here at Cornell. While this is true at Cornell, it was also true for the laws of the medieval time period. Gratian talks specifically about this hierarchy of law in a number of his distinctions. While examining the order of importance for ordinances, which are written usages, being canon law, civil law, precedent, and finally Roman law, we are able to see a striking similarity to the order of importance within an athletic team as mentioned above. The first connection noticed is between a coach and canon law. For a team, the head coach is the leader of the group. A coach is the one who delineates the rules and laws that the team will live by. For our team here at Cornell, we read and thoroughly discuss the set of rules coach has established and we must sign a sheet at the end saying we agree to the rules and will suffer the stated consequences for breaking any of them. We know that what coach says goes and there is no other way to look at it. If a player has a problem in deciding if he should do something, he will refer to what the coach’s rules say. This is very similar to that of canon law during the medieval times. As defined in class by Debbie Marcum, “canon law is the law that governs the Church.” 1 The Church was the highest authority of society during the medieval time. Doing harm to an official 1 Debbie Marcum. Lecture about Canon Law . September 9, 2008.
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Raesly 2 member of the Church was a crime that was punishable by law in such ways as banishment. Everyone within the Church was protected to the highest extent and all of society knew this to be true. Canon law was the undisputed fundamental and supreme law
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