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BUILDING LEADERS BUILDING WINNERS
THE FALCON WAY
“LEADERSHIP IS AN ART FORM THAT CAN BE ACHIEVED ONLY THORUGH STUDY, ORGANIZATION, PLANNING, AND POSITIVE ATTITUDE TRAINING. BEFORE WE CAN INFLUENCE THE FACTORS THAT CONTROL OTHERS’ LIVES, WE MUST BE IN CONTROL OF THOSE SAME FACTORS IN OUR OWN LIVES.” --EXCERPT FROM IN PURSUIT OF EXCELLENCE by JOSEPH PACELLI
A CHAMPION’S PLEDGE
1. I strive for perfection. a. Good is not enough. Only through excellence can I achieve greatness. Excellence is contagious. 2. I pay attention to details. a. “Take care of the little things to make big things happen.” Jimmy Johnson b. “No detail is too small—everything is important.” Lou Holtz 3. I constantly try to improve. a. “He who stops being better, stops being good.” Oliver Cromwell b. Always search for a way to get better. c. Success = continuous and never-ending improvement. 4. I give all that I’ve got. a. Giving 100% every day is the surest road to success. b. Have the mindset of EXCELLENCE, accept nothing less—it’s contagious and habit forming.
Any embarrassment to the team by misconduct on campus or in in the community.VIOLATIONS TO THE TEAM COVENANT Any violation of the covenant of the Team could result in dismissal from the team. 4. Any involvement with illegal substances. The basis of these bonds is TRUST. and if you can’t trust us—we should quit. Any behavior not conducive to the overall well being of the team. 6. 3 . The strength of an organization is based on the strength of the bonds between members of the organization. Any unexcused absence from practice. Never Steal. 2. TRUST IS A MUST. The above are violations of trust. 5. 1. 3. Any violation of the Honor Code: Never Lie. and if we can’t trust you—we have to cut you. Never Cheat. Repeated tardiness.
One must be patient and unrelenting in his work habits. An athlete must be aggressive to win! One must make aggressiveness a habit and be willing to use force to attain ones goals. SELF-CONFIDENCE: . One must set and maintain high goals for himself and and his team. An athlete must be willing to practice long and hard on skills and conditioning until exhausted.CHARACTERISTICS OF A WINNING ATHLETE There are certain characteristics which are essential if one is to become a successful athlete and leader. 1. When armed with self4 2. An athlete must be willing to make an unprovoked attack upon his opponent. AGGRESSIVENESS: 3. The following listed characteristics are found not only in successful athletes but also are prevalent in the lives of people who are at the top of their chosen profession. and never give up on the idea of improving and winning. One must be able to recognize his own weaknesses and mistakes and accept them for what they are (a learning experience). An athlete must be confident and sure of himself and his abilities. One must be willing to work out by himself and persevere. even in the face of great difficulty and ridicule from fellow students. An athlete must accept responsibility for his performance and actions. DETERMINATION: 4. To attain athletic excellence one must be willing to endure and overcome difficult and unpleasant situations if it will improve himself and his team. DRIVE: One must develop a burning desire to win. This means at times one must accept blame and criticism even when not deserved. RESPONSIBILITY: 5. An athlete accepts the fact that one must endure physical and mental pain and be willing to play with this pain.
Remember.” Bart Starr—Quarterback—Green Bay Packers 7. “A PERSON CAN’T BROOD OVER ONE MISTAKE. “WHAT IS GOOD FOR THE TEAM HAS TO BE GOOD FOR ME. 6. and be sure of his ability to deal with anything and anyone. One must not become easily upset when losing or losing playing badly. A winner does not become easily depressed or frustrated by bad breaks. AND THEN TOTALLY DISMISS IT FROM YOUR MIND. one can handle unexpected situations well. WE HAD BETTER PLAN ON WINNING TOGETHER. OR WASTE TIME FEELING SORRY FOR HIMSELF. One must also have confidence in his teammates and coaches. 5 . The newspaper will read “INDIANS WIN” or “INDIANS LOSE. SELFLESSNESS: An athlete must be willing to sublimate ones individuality for that of the team! One must be totally committed to the team and the team’s victory. PROFIT BY IT.confidence. MENTAL TOUGHNESS: An athlete must accept strong criticism without feeling hurt. IF WE PLAN ON WINNING. An athlete cannot become upset easily or allow ones performance to be affected by ones feelings. bad calls. EMOTIONAL CONTROL: An athlete must be emotionally stable and realistic about athletics. AND WHAT IS GOOD FOR ME HAS TO BE GOOD FOR THE TEAM!” 8. or mistakes. TODAY I REALIZE THAT ONCE YOU HAVE MADE A MISTAKE. OR TAKE ON ANY SORT OF PERSECUTION COMPLEX. YOU MUST ACCEPT IT.” An athlete wins or loses with his team.
10. 6 . One must be receptive to coaches criticism. COACHABILITY: A winning athlete must respect coaches and the coaching process. An athlete must be free of jealous tendencies. and attempt to get along with teammates. 9. and instruction. A winner believes what the coach and teammates say. An athlete must accept people at face value. To be loyal to you in all areas.TRUST: YOU CAN TRUST YOUR COACHES 1. An athlete only improves when he responds and makes an honest effort to correct mistakes pointed out by the coach. and he does not look for ulterior motives behind their words or actions.A winner must be able to bounce back quickly after facing adversity. advice.
To work you harder than you have ever been worked before. 8. 7. To do everything possible to make this the best place to go to school and play sports. WE COACHES TRUST ATHLETES TO DO THE RIGHT THINGS 7 . To love and respect you.2. To help you reach your goals. 3. To assist you in anyway possible. 11. 9. 10. and then what is best for the individual. now and after you graduate. To help you mature and grow as a man. To provide the leadership and training necessary to achieve our goals. 5. 6. To make all decisions based on what is best for the team. 4. To treat you as a man. To be totally honest.
i. h. Get an education Give your total effort Make the most of what you have Love your teammates unselfishly Respect your teammates Practice to the best of your ability Be totally honest in all your dealings Be extremely loyal to your school. We expect you to: a. coaches. b. e. k. 2. and friends Be prompt Be courteous Always encourage Be emotional and enthusiastic TYPES OF ATHLETIC LEADERSHIP 8 . c. We expect you to have great expectations: ANTICIPATE HAVING: A GREAT DAY! A GREAT PRACTICE! A GREAT SEASON! A GREAT LIFE! 3. teammates. d. families. f. We expect you to do something worthwhile with your life. j.ACADEMICALLY ATHLETICALLY SOCIALLY 1. teaches. l. g.
Is using your skills to show other players how to execute certain techniques. ACTION: Is you attitude toward work and the manner in which you work. DEMONSTRATION: 3. It takes courage to pay close attention when you are tired. Is expressing your feelings to others verbally. LISTENING: 4. This is good. Is paying close attention to all times a coach who is talking or demonstrating. Coaches will call on you from time to time to demonstrate drills. VERBAL EXPRESSION: LEADERSHIP GUIDE 9 . (Practice What You Preach) 2. There are also players who are not interested and talk to others while an explanation is being made. Good or bad. However. someone will copy you. This is an area where most athletes fall down. you must speak frankly and be sincere about what you say.1. You must practice what you say or it becomes obvious you don’t really believe what you say. You must never be embarrassed by being “gung ho”. You should also do this on your own to help individuals improve themselves. Lip service not backed by action on your part is very harmful. Right now you have a chance to display this by working on your own. You could be one of the most important leaders on our squad by being a good listener and making it clear that you will not condone inattentive actions by other players.
4. We should remember that there are many different ways of exerting leadership. It is the glue that allows new seniors to take on important leadership roles and all other ask. This type effort will have a more harmful effect than helpful. effort. and heartache. AREAS OF LEADERSHIP 10 . Commitment means to “BIND TOGETHER FOR STRENGTH”. disappointment. Will cost you.There are many people who are capable of offering leadership but don’t because they aren’t sure what to do or how to do it. 2. Sincerity and enthusiasm are contagious. To become a team leader one must be committed to the team. Only counts in tough times. You will know if you are really committed on decisions you make while all alone. Regardless of what type of personality you have you can be a leader on our team if you really want to. The rewards for total commitment do not come instantaneously. HOW TO BE A LEADER The only real requirement you must have is a sincere DESIRE TO BE OF HELP TO YOUR TEAMMATES. but the rewards come after a lot of sacrifice. A false effort will immediately be recognized as such. “WHAT CAN I DO FOR THIS TEAM”? COMMITMENT 1. and the real rewards for total commitment will last a lifetime. 3.
COMMUNITY: 3. COURTESY—be polite to all you come in contact with. Take advantage of the opportunity to join the “Fellowship of Christian Athletes”. don’t our athletes in your class to have a negative effect on the classroom environment. Also. be attentive. our worst athlete’s behavior must be good. OFF THE FIELD 1. do not “hot rod”. 2. not just you. Points to watch are: DRIVING—abide by all laws. games. Remember your reputation is the same as those you socialize with. We will hear much more about our worst than our best. be courteous. You can truly influence the lives of young people if you become active in church work. Your actions will be the guideline for what people think of athletes. Because you are an athlete. The things that determine teachers’ and students’ attitudes toward athletes are not based on intelligence. and make an honest effort in class work. CLASSROOM: Your intelligence is not a factor in the type leadership you may show in the classroom. and practice sessions. Your parents will be pleased for you to be an athlete if you do not use practice or athletic activities as an excuse for not doing your share of work at home. Invite them to attend booster club meetings. CHURCH: DRESSING ROOM BEHAVIOR 11 . FAMILY: 4. you will be watched more closely by the public than an ordinary student. Make your parents a part of the thrill of athletics. LANGUATE—do not use profanity. Therefore.The following information is given in order for you to be familiar with the many places your actions and attitude will have a bearing on our team. Don’t use athletics as an excuse for not making good grades. You are expected to be on time.
and receive treatment for injuries. EXTRA EFFORT: TRAINING HABITS 12 . PRACTICE TIME 1. Unnecessary questions or a poor attitude toward a coach’s corrections or criticisms will cost valuable time as well as create dissension on the squad. 3. Extra effort also means never complaining. Proper use and care of the equipment will insure the same by our younger players. HELPFULNESS: 4. Make our dressing room a relaxed and pleasant environment. A senior should be the first all of the time. Ask for help on weak points before and after practice. or generally doing a bit more than the minimum. Attempt to do exactly as your coach tells you. 2. CONDUCT: The dressing room is a place to change clothes. store equipment. Be ready to help other players with techniques they do not do well.1. you will never stop improving. COACHABILITY: Always be on time for the start of practice and drills. after practice. It is not a place for “horseplay”. shower. learning more than one position. The equipment you wear is the best money can buy. PRIDE IN FACILITIES: You must visibly and verbally show that you are proud of our facilities and expect all people using them to take proper care. No matter how good you are. Do this before practice. or at times when you may do so without distracting from a drill. PUNCTUALITY: 2.
2. that he must discontinue what he is doing. It is your responsibility to inform any player violating rules. You may fool the coaches temporarily. but you cannot fool yourself or your teammates at all. We cannot have anyone on our squad who will not pay the price of training.1. TRAINING RULES: GAME PREPARATION 13 . REPORT TO COACH: 4. CORRECT VIOLATERS: 3. ABSTINENCE: You must never smoke or drink alcoholic beverages. regardless of who he is. FAILURE ON THIS POINT OF LEADERSHIP WILL RESULT IN POOR TEAM MORALE FASTER THAN ANY OTHER THING. All rules. You should report any violator who is guilty of his second violation to the head coach.
Thursday through Friday—The practice work is over. Football is a contact sport that relies heavily on morale. 2. Although each person prepares himself slightly differently. Be serious when talking about the game. cut all conversation to a minimum and let each player have those four hours to himself. MENTAL PREPARATION: TEAM MORALE 14 . You should know what to expect from the opponent and how to play against him. These two days we must prepare our team for physical contact. b. Each player must prepare himself. Be sure all social activities are off the night before a game. general team preparation will be as follows: Monday through Wednesday—Mental preparation during this time entails only good practice work and learning your opponents thoroughly. From the pre-game meal until game time. TEAM MEETINGS: Be on time for all meetings. Be critical of your play in films and look of ways to improve yourself.1. c. but the following are factors that must be present for this preparation to take place: a. NEVER miss a meeting. Silence allows you to to think. Study your scouting report carefully and discuss it with other players.
You will either be a player who plays in every game or you will be a back-up. There are few great players who do not have good back-ups behind them to push them for their position. good leadership by the seniors this year will pave the way for following years. Morale is a constantly changing thing. If they are loafing. This means that we will probably have only as good a team as our back-ups. A loafer will never play. Poor leadership will leave us in the process of starting from scratch again next year. This outline should give you an insight into the many factors involved in having a great team.This is the area where senior leaders make or break us. Our Junior Varsity team will be composed of mostly freshmen and sophomores with maybe a few juniors. It will not remain the same. It will either get better or worse. and Wednesday when they don’t have a game on those days. As head coach. Tuesday. LEADERSHIP QUALITIES Leaders must possess the following essential qualities: 15 . I can assure you that no first team player will keep his position on the basis of ability to play. An occasional pat on the back and a word of thanks will go a long way in making them realize their value to the team. Actually. Players will be picked by effort and playing to their full capabilities. They have the job of running the opponents plays against the varsity each week on Monday. Your actions in this area must be right. This is a tough job and they must do it well if we are to be well prepared. and encourage them to do their part. How well you use this information will determine what type of team we will have this year. some of our seniors should talk to them before or after practice as a team. regardless of how great his ability or potential may be.
LOYALTY COURAGE DESIRE EMOTIONAL STAMINA PHYSICAL STAMINA EMPATHY DECISIVENESS ANTICIPATION TIMING COMPETITIVENESS SELF-CONFIDENCE ACCOUNTABILITY RESPONSIBILITY CREDIBILITY TENACITY DEPENDABILITY STEWARDSHIP RESPONSIBILITIES OF A LEADER 16 .
Leaders must teach their subordinates that which is expected of them. morality. Leaders can and must influence and control the spirit of their peers. freedom of action. Leaders must provide direction to their subordinates. They can not say one thing and do another. Leaders must never shed honor.Leaders are responsible for establishing the atmosphere in which they lead. and dignity. integrity. RESPECT 17 . Leaders must establish a high spirit of mutual trust among subordinates. Leaders should never misuse power. By their own actions. do leaders establish the morale. Leaders must encourage healthy competition among their people. Leaders must hold a strong conviction of duty above all other ambitions. Leaders must attach value to high standards of performance and have no tolerance for the uncommitted. Leaders must understand that the spirit of the law is greater than its letter. and sense of justice of the subordinates. and innovation among their subordinates as long as these efforts are consistent with the goals of the team. Leaders must expect continual improvement in subordinates based on new knowledge and experiences. Leaders make great personal sacrifice for the good of the team. Leaders must encourage creativity. not their words.
Respect has no ethnic. 4. Respect is an extension of a positive. 6. racial. Successful teams are a family of ONE. Respect for team members breeds togetherness. 9. win together. One formula for building respect is developed through an an attitude of: PLP = Players Love Players CLP = Coaches Love Players PLC = Players Love Coaches CLC = Coaches Love Coaches 12. 10. Respect is a two-way street between players and coaches. Signs of disrespect have negative influences on a team. not assumed OR DEMANDED.1. 3. Make no mistake—football is a team game. 2. Respect begins with a person having respect for himself. Rule of Thumb: No one embarrasses anybody in front of their peers or public ally. A team with respect for one another. or social barriers. optimistic attitude. TEAMWORK 18 . 8. 5. 11. 7. RESPECT must be EARNED.
3. we accomplish more. 3 Steps to Building Your Best Team 1. Learn to believe in each other and build personal commitment. lead—in spite of pressures. compassion.TEAMWORK divides the work and doubles the success. or fatigue. and love each other and build personal involvement.” 19 . It is a reward. 2. and then. and caring will inspire everyone to keep pace. like. It is the fuel that enables common people to attain uncommon results! Being part of a team. Feel secure in the group and build a common ground/reference ensuring a successful “Mission Accomplished. and a privilege to be a contributing member of a team. Learn to care about. a challenge. faster. hardships. Support.
Coming Together is a BEGINNING Keeping Together is PROGRESS Working Together is SUCCESS 20 .
2. However. is accepted. and appreciated. and heartache. respected. 3. You will know—if you’re really committed—on decisions you make while all alone. recognized. It is the glue that allows new seniors to take an important leadership role and all others to ask.THE REWARD Personal Satisfaction The reward is to become part of a dynamic. Will cost you. You belong to a team where you are the difference. but the rewards come after a lot of sacrifice. as a player. Great Involvement = Great Commitment Great Commitment = Great Success 21 . the real rewards for Total Commitment will last a lifetime. continuously improving team where you. disappointment. challenged. Counts the most in the toughest of times. The rewards for Total Commitment do not come instantaneously. “What can I do for this team?” COMMITMENT 1. effort. 4.
CONCENTRATION: EFFORT: SYNERGY: 22 . Play each play one at a time. To focus on anything other than our own personal sphere of influence is a dangerous distraction. Never go through the motions—know your assignments. The following four areas of focus are completely under our control: AWARENESS: To achieve peak levels of performance you must have awareness of every aspect of your time. Any man of success in any field knows that HARD WORK WORKS. Synergy occurs when everyone on the team performs like an ACE. and be apathetic to any distraction is the sign of a star. Superstars are always focused and never distracted.THE FOUR ACES To perform at our peak level of efficiency it is imperative that we focus on only what we can control. The attitude of “We not me” and enhancing your teammates’ performance are the keys to synergy. The ability to focus on the task and technique at hand. The greater the effort the greater the reward. The team effort is greater than the sum of the individual effort.
SYNERGY 1+1=3 WE NOT ME AND EVERYBODY IS THE KEY 23 .
4. You have it within your power to develop the habit of thinking the thoughts that go to make up a winning attitude.What is your attitude TODAY? 24 . 2. 6. The foundation for the proper attitude consists of developing the habit of thinking positive thoughts. Control your emotions. 7. He welcomes criticism. Tell yourself you can’t and your subconscious mind will find a way for you not to do it. Attitudes are habits of thinking. 3. you must first learn to control yourself from within. More athletes fail through faulty mental attitude than in any other way. 8. Tell yourself constantly that you can do something and you will. A desire to win and a desire to prepare to win are important ingredients of a winning attitude. 10. and the winning attitude puts the good of the team ahead of anything else. 9. 5. Before you can scale the heights of athletic greatness. and avoids criticizing his coach or teammates. Be your own master. True success depends on teamwork. An athlete with a good attitude is coachable. Whether you create a winning attitude is entirely up to you.ATTITUDE 1. constantly seeks to learn.
Avoids challenges to protect ego. 25 . True Winner. CHOKER: Wants to win but doesn’t believe he can. When it gets tough.PERFORMANCE LEVELS ACES: The top level performance. JOKER: Wants to win only if it’s easy. MAD MAX: Wants to win but blames everyone else if he doesn’t. he quits.
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