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of playing sports.“[ WINNING ]isn’t everything; it’s the only thing,” said Vince Lombardi. Actually, Lombardidid not say it [ QUITE ]that way; that was a reporter’s mutation. What Lombardi really saidwas this: “[WINNING ]isn’t everything, but [ STRIVING ]to win is.” Lombardi went onto clarify: “The [ SPIRIT ], the [ WILL ]to win, and the will to [ EXCEL ]are the thingsthat endure. These qualities are so much more [ IMPORTANT ]than the events that occur.”Does it make sense that the [ EMPHASIS ]on winning should not be on the [ WINNING ]itself but on the striving to win? It’s the [ PURSUIT ]of the victory, the dream of[ ACHIEVING ]the goal, more than the goal itself that [ YIELDS ]the joy of sports. Manyoutstanding athletes candidly say that their best [ MEMORIES ]of sport are not the victoriesthemselves but the months of [ PREPARATION ]and anticipation and the self-revelation thereceived [ BEFORE ]and [ DURING ]the competition.CommitmentCompetition and [ STRIVING ]to win are significant in another way. Today we hear muchabout our [ ALIENATED ]youths, their lack of [ COMMITMENT ]to our establishedinstitutions, and their lack of [ DESIRE ]to achieve excellence. Sadly, many young people arenot finding [ ACTIVITIES ]in their homes, schools, or places of [ WORSHIP ]worthy oftheir commitment. But youths are often turned on by sport; they find sport a[ CHALLENGE ]worth pursuing. Why? Youth are drawn to the [ COMPETITION ]–the comparison of abilities and efforts, the [STRIVING ]to win, and recognition of[EXCELLENCE ]achieved. Plus, let’s not forget that [SPORT ]is just plain fun.Educators are concerned about the lack of [ COMMITMENT ]demonstrated by so manyyouths to many of society’s institutions, but [ SPORTS ]require the type of[ COMMITMENT ]that often results in great [ PERSONAL ]accomplishments. Many ofAmerica’s most famous [ COACHES ]commented on the importance of commitment inachieving success. They observe that sport’s great [ ACHIEVEMENTS ]come about when [ATHLETES ]must make an [ INTENSE ]commitment to their sport, when only their totalAL349 _ Chapter 2Page 4Principles of Coaching
Determining Your Coaching Objectives[CONCENTRATED ]effort may result in winning. Even when [WINNING ]is notguaranteed, but [ SUCCESS ]is. When athletes give their best, when they [ COMMIT ]themselves to pursuing excellence, [ WIN ]or lose they are successful.Ethical BehaviorThrough sport, young [ PEOPLE ]can develop morally; they can learn a [ BASIC ]code ofethics that is [ TRANSFERABLE ]to a moral code for life. Competitive [ SPORT ]– inwhich wining is a [ VALUED ]prize – provides opportunities for [ HIGH ]levels of moraldevelopment to occur.