joy of playing sports. “[ WINNING ]isn’t everything; it’s the only thing,” said Vince Lombardi. Actually, Lombardi did not say it [ QUITE ]that way; that was a reporter’s mutation. What Lombardi really said was this: “[ WINNING ]isn’t everything, but [ STRIVING ]to win is.” Lombardi went on to clarify: “The [ SPIRIT ], the [ WILL ]to win, and the will to [EXCEL]are the things that 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. Many outstanding athletes candidly say that their best [ MEMORIES ]of sport are not the victories themselves but the months of [ PREPARATION ]and anticipation and the self-revelation the received [ BEFORE ]and [ DURING ]the competition. Commitment Competition and [ STRIVING ]to win are significant in another way. Today we hear much about our [ ALIENATED ]youths, their lack of [ COMMITMENT ]to our established institutions, and their lack of [ DESIRE ]to achieve excellence. Sadly, many young people are not finding [ ACTIVITIES ]in their homes, schools, or places of [ WORSHIP ]worthy of their 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 many youths to many of society’s institutions, but [SPORTS]require the type of [ COMMITMENT ]that often results in great [ PERSONAL ]accomplishments. Many of America’s most famous [ COACHES ]commented on the importance of commitment in achieving success. They observe that sport’s great [ ACHIEVEMENTS ]come about when [ ]must make an [ INTENSE ]commitment to their sport, when only their total [
Determining Your Coaching ObjectivesAL349 _ Chapter 2Page 5Principles of Coaching CONCENTRATED ]effort may result in winning. Even when [ WINNING ]is not guaranteed, but [ SUCCECSS ]is. When athletes give their best, when they [ COMMIT ]themselves to pursuing excellence, [ WIN ]or lose they are successful. Ethical Behavior Through sport, young [ PEOPLE ]can develop morally; they can learn a [ BASIC ]code of ethics that is [ TRANSFERABLE ]to a moral code for life. Competitive [ SPORT ]– in which wining is a [ VALUED ]prize – provides opportunities for [ HIGH ]levels of moral development to occur.