Striving to WinHaving Athletes First, Winning Second does not mean that [ WINNING ]is unimportant. Theimmediate short-term [OBJECTIVE ]of any contest is to win. Striving to [ WIN ]withinthe rules of the game should be the [ OBJECTIVE ]of every athlete and coach. To play[SPORTS ]without striving to [WIN ]would be [ DISHONEST ]and diminish the joyof 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 ofAL349 _ Chapter 2Page 4Principles of Coaching
Determining Your Coaching Objectives[ 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 [ACHIEVMENTS ]come about when[ ATHLETES ]must make an [ INTENSE ]commitment to their sport, when only theirtotal [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.