[DISHONEST]and diminish the joy ofplaying 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 on toclarify: “The [SPIRIT],the [ WILL]to win, and the will to [EXCEL]are the things thatendure. 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 [ YEILDS]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 [SPORT]worthpursuing. Why? Youth are drawn to the [ COMPETITION]– the comparison of abilities andefforts, the [STRIVING]to win, and recognition of [EXCELLENCE]achieved. Plus, let’snot 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 total[ CONCENTRATED]effort may result in winning. Even when [WINNING]is notAL349 _ Chapter 2Page 4Principles of Coaching
Determining Your Coaching Objectivesguaranteed, but [SUCSESS]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.