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by Herb Childress
As an ethnographer, Mr. Childress was able to watch more than a hundred high sch
ool students in a variety of circumstances. Here's what he learned.
WE DEFINE SCHOOL as a place of learning. But as I visited classes in the high sc
hool in which I was an observer for a year, what I saw mostly and what the stude
nts told me about most frequently was not learning at all, but boredom. I saw st
udents talking in class, not listening to lectures, having conversations instead
of working on their study guides, putting their heads on their desks, and tunin
g out. Teachers talked about what a struggle it was to get students to turn in t
heir homework at all, much less on time. Students picked up enough information t
o pass the test, did their work well enough to get the grade, and then totally f
orgot whatever it can be said that they had learned.
We adults could see this as yet another moral problem. We could call young peopl
e lazy and tell one another that they won't put any effort into their work. We c
ould press for more testing to tell us that sure enough test scores are declinin
g. We could seek more penalties when students don't do well in class more ways t
o coerce them into doing their work. We could talk about going "back to basics,"
which is to say making school an even less appealing and more restrictive place
than it is now.
But as an ethnographer, I had the advantage of hanging around with more than a h
undred of this school's students outside the classroom, and I got to watch them
in a variety of circumstances. For example, in February I spent one Thursday thr
ough Saturday with Bill, a junior who had good grades during his first two years
of high school but lost interest in school during his third year. I watched him
not bother to study at all for a French test and fail it. I watched him skip a
class and play a computer game instead of writing his article for the school new
spaper. I watched him get busted in a couple of classes for tardys and talking.
But that same guy on that same weekend spent two hours running full out in a soc
cer practice and spent more hours than I can count playing hacky sack. (He taugh
t me how to play acceptably well, no small achievement in itself.) He cooked a w
onderful dinner at home one night and worked five fast-paced hours at his restau
rant kitchen job the next night. He spent most of his home time playing games in
vented by his little brother and sister, who loved him. He spent two hours surfi
ng on Friday and three more hours preparing for another surfing trip on Sunday.
When I was with him in school, he was an archetypal slacker, but when I was with
him outside school, he was a person with a lot of interests things that he was
dedicated to and good at doing. And that pattern carried over to many of the stu
dents that I followed. I watched other young people operate computers and wash h
orses. I saw them playing video games that had dozens of rules and literally hun
dreds of decisions to be made every minute, and I watched them play card games t
hat I couldn't begin to understand. I watched them drive four-wheel-drive trucks
at insane speeds on dirt roads and watched them working on those trucks as well
. I watched them acting, opening their hearts in front of hundreds of people. I
watched them wrestling and playing the piano. I was privileged to see them doing
the things that they loved to do. The things that they put themselves into with
out reserve, the things that they were damn good at. The students I knew were a
skilled bunch of people. So why didn't those skills and capabilities and that en
thusiasm show up more often in the classroom?
In the school that I observed, I saw striking and strikingly consistent differen
ces between the perfunctory classroom sessions and lively extracurricular activi
ties. The same students who were emotionally absent from their classes came aliv
e after school. We say, "If only she'd spend as much time doing her algebra as s
he does on cheerleading . . ." with the implication that students blow off algeb
ra because they're immature. We don't usually think to turn the question around
and ask what it is about the activities they love that is worthy of their best e
ffort. We don't usually ask what it is about school that tends to make it unwort
hy of that kind of devotion. But if we're interested in looking at places of joy
, places where students lose track of how hard they're working because they're s
o involved in what they're doing, places where teenagers voluntarily learn a dif
ficult skill, places that might hold some important lessons for schools, footbal
l is a good choice.
Let me give you 17 reasons why football is better for learning than high school.
I use football as my specific example not because I love football; I use it bec
ause I hate football. It's been said that football combines the two worst elemen
ts of American society: violence and committee meetings. You can substitute "mus
ic" or "theater" or "soccer" for "football," and everything I say will stay the
same; so when I say that football is better than school, what I really mean is t
hat even football is better than school.
1. In football, teenagers are considered important contributors rather than pass
ive recipients. This attitude is extraordinarily rare in teenage life, but it is
central to both learning and self-esteem. A football team is framed around the
abilities and preferences of the players; if there's nobody who can throw the ba
ll but three big fast running backs and a strong offensive line, the team isn't
going to have an offense that dwells much on passing. But the geometry class and
every student in the geometry class has to keep pace with the same state-ordain
ed curriculum as every other school, regardless of the skills and interests and
abilities of the students. Football players know that they, and nobody else, wil
l get the job done. Students know that they are considered empty minds, to be fi
lled at a pace and with materials to be determined by others.
2. In football, teenagers are encouraged to excel. By this, I don't mean that pl
ayers are asked to perform to someone else's standards (which may already be lim
ited); rather, they are pushed to go beyond anything they've ever been asked to
do before, to improve constantly. There is no such thing as "good enough." We co
ngratulate players on their accomplishments, but we don't give them much time to
be complacent we ask them to do even more. In the classroom, we give them a tes
t on polynomials, and the best result they can get is to score high enough to ne
ver have to deal with polynomials again.
3. In football, teenagers are honored. Football players get extraordinary amount
s of approval: award banquets, letter jackets, banners around the campus, school
festivals, team photos, whole sections of the yearbook, newspaper coverage, tro
phies, regional and even state recognition for being the best. The whole communi
ty comes out to see them. We put them on floats and have parades. That doesn't h
appen for members of the consumer math class.
4. In football, a player can let the team down. Personal effort is linked to mor
e than personal achievement: it means the difference between making the team bet
ter or making it weaker, making a player's teammates and coaches grateful for hi
s presence or irritated with his apathy. A single player can make his peers bett
er than they would have been without him. That's a huge incentive that we take a
way from the classroom with our constant emphasis on individual outcomes.
5. In football, repetition is honorable. In the curriculum, we continually move
forward, with not much opportunity to do things a second time and get better. St
udents have to do new things every time they get to class. In football, students
do the same drills over and over all season long and, in fact, get better at th
em. The skills get easier, and players start to use those skills to do things th
at are more complex.
6. In football, the unexpected happens all the time. Every player will line up a
cross from the same opposing player dozens of times during a game, but he knows
that, each time, his opponent could do something different, and he'll have to re
act to it right in the moment. There's no opportunity to coast, to tune out, to
sit back and watch others work. Every player is required to be involved and abso
rbed in his work, and a talented player who holds back is typically held in lowe
r regard than his less talented but more engaged teammates. Contrast that with a
normal class period, scripted by a teacher with the idea that a successful clas
s is the one that goes as planned, with the fewest disruptions, and it's clear w
hy apathy can be a problem in the classroom.
7. In football, practices generally run a lot longer than 50 minutes. And when t
hey end, there's a reason to stop: the players work until they get it right or u
ntil they're too tired to move anymore. There's no specific reason that a school
class should run for 50 minutes instead of 35 or 85, and there's no reason why
classes should run the same length of time every day. The classroom schedule res
ponds to pressures that come from outside the classroom state laws, other classe
s, even bus schedules. The football practice schedule is more internal the coach
and team quit when they're done.
8. In football, the homework is of a different type from what's done at practice
. Students do worksheets in the classroom and then very often are assigned to do
the same kind of worksheet at home. Football requires a lot of homework that co
mes in the form of running and weight training, things not done at practice. Pla
yers work at home to find and build their strengths and then bring those strengt
hs to practice to work together with their teammates on specific skills. The wor
k done at home and the work done in common are two different jobs, and each is i
ncomplete without the other.
9. In football, emotions and human contact are expected parts of the work. When
players do well, they get to be happy. When they do poorly, they get to be angry
. Players are supposed to talk with one another while things are going on. But w
e have no tools to make use of happiness or frustration in most classrooms, and
we generally prohibit communication except for the most restricted exchanges. Wh
en we bring 30 students together and ask them not to communicate, not to use one
another as resources or exhort one another to go further, then we make it clear
to them that their being together is simply cost-effective.
10. In football, players get to choose their own roles. Not only do they choose
their sport, but they also choose their favorite position within that sport. In
the classroom, we don't allow people to follow their hearts very often. We give
them a list of classes they have to take, and then we give them assignments with
in those classes that they have to do, and we don't offer many alternatives. We'
ve set the whole school thing up as a set of requirements. But sports are a set
of opportunities, a set of pleasures from which anyone gets to choose. Each one
of those pleasures carries with it a set of requirements and responsibilities an
d difficult learning assignments; but youngsters still do them voluntarily, foll
owing their own self-defined mission of seeking their place in the world.
11. In football, the better players teach the less-skilled players. Sometimes th
is teaching is on purpose, but mostly it is by example. Every player is constant
ly surrounded by other players who can do things well and who love doing what th
ey do. The really good players are allowed to show off in fact, it's demanded th
at they show off, that they work to their highest capacity. The people who aren'
t as good observe that. They don't simply see skills they can learn; they become
inspired. They get to see another person not just the teacher but a peer who kn
ows what he's doing and who loves to do it. In the classroom, the best students
aren't often given a chance publicly to go beyond what everyone else is doing. T
hey're smothered, held back, kept to the same pace as their classmates. We give
the appearance of not caring so that we won't be hurt when the students don't ca
re either.
12. In football, there is a lot of individual instruction and encouragement from
adults. A coach who has only the nine defensive linemen to deal with for an hou
r is going to get a pretty good sense of who these youngsters are, what drives t
hem, what they can and can't do. And those players are going to see the coach in
a less formal and more human frame; they get to ask questions when questions ar
ise without feeling as though they're on stage in front of 30 other bored studen
Let's admit a basic truth: bigger classes make personal contact more difficult.
The school I was in had an average class size of 27 students. That was considere
d pretty good, since the statewide average was 31. But as I looked around the ha
lls at the team photos in their glass trophy cases, the highest player-to-coach
ratio I saw was 13 to one; sometimes it was better than 10 to one. There was one
photo of the varsity football team with Coach Phillips and his three assistants
surrounded by 35 players; erase the three assistants from the picture, and you
could have had a photo of any one of his history classes.
On the first day of freshman basketball practice, 23 hopefuls tried out, and by
the end of the first week, there were still 17. On the next Monday morning the c
oach said to me, "I sure hope some more of these kids quit. You can't do anythin
g with 17 kids." True enough so why do we expect him to do something five period
s a day with 25, 30, or 34?
13. In football, the adults who participate are genuinely interested. The adults
involved in football are more than willing to tell you that they love to play,
that they love to coach. And they don't say it in words so much as in their acti
ons, in the way that they hold themselves and dive in to correct problems and gi
ve praise. But the teachers I watched (and the teachers I had from grade school
to grad school) were, for the most part, embarrassed to death to say that they l
oved whatever it was that they did. It takes a lot of guts to stand up in front
of 25 students who didn't volunteer to be there and say, "You know, dissecting t
his pig is going to be the most fun I'm going to have all day." We're candidates
for the Geek-of-the-Month Club if we let people know that we really love poetry
, or trigonometry, or theater, or invertebrate biology. And so we often hide beh
ind a curriculum plan, a textbook, and a set of handouts, and we say, "You and I
have to do this together because it's what the book says we have to do." We giv
e the appearance of not caring so that we won't be hurt when the students don't
care either.
But it was only in those few classrooms where the teachers said, both in word an
d in action, that they absolutely loved what they were doing, that the students
were engaged, that they learned. I talked with a lot of students and their teach
ers and their parents about what they loved to do, whether it was photography or
surfing or hunting or reading things that are real skills. And when I asked how
they got involved in those activities, both the young people and the adults alw
ays answered that it was someone who got them interested, and not anything intri
nsic in the event itself. They followed someone they respected into an activity
that that person loved, and they discovered it from there.
14. In football, volunteers from the community are sought after. No sports progr
am in a high school could ever operate without assistant coaches, trainers, and
other local people who aren't paid to help out. These people give hours and hour
s to the school in exchange for a handshake, a vinyl jacket, and a free dinner a
t the end of the season. Volunteers are a natural part of human activity. There
are almost never volunteers in the classroom no adults who seem to believe that
math or chemistry is so interesting that they would help out with it for free on
a regular basis. There's no sense that anyone other than "the expert" can contr
ibute to a discussion of ideas.
15. In football, ability isn't age-linked. Freshmen who excel can play varsity.
In a ninth-grade English classroom, an extraordinary student can't go beyond wha
t the other ninth-grade students are doing, even if he or she could profit from
what's being assigned to the seniors. When a student tries out for football, he
gets a careful looking over by several coaches, and if he's really good, they're
going to move him up fast. In the classroom, if that same student is really goo
d if he's inspired one person sees it and gives him an A. Big deal it's the same
A that someone else gets for just completing the requirements without inspirati
on. The pace of advancement in football isn't linked to equal advancement in ano
ther, irrelevant area. If a boy is an adequate JV basketball player but an extra
ordinary football player, the football coach isn't going to say that the boy has
to stay with the JV football team so that he's consistent with his grade level.
No way! The coach is going to tell that player, "Come on up here; we need you."
Have you ever heard an English teacher recruit a young student by saying, "We n
eed you in this classroom"? Have you ever heard a science teacher say, "Your pre
sence is crucial to how this course operates we're not at our full potential wit
hout you"?
16. Football is more than the sum of its parts. Players practice specific moves
over and over in isolation, but they know that their job at the end is going to
mean putting all those moves together. In school, we keep the parts separate. We
don't show our students how a creative writer might use a knowledge of science;
we don't show them how a historian might want to know about the building trades
; we don't show them how a mechanic can take joy in knowing about American histo
ry. We don't let our students see the way that all these different interests mig
ht come together into a worthwhile and fascinating life. We pretend they're all
17. In football, a public performance is expected. The incentive to perform in f
ront of family and friends was a great motivating force for the athletes I knew.
The potential for a poor performance was another motivator nobody wants to be e
mbarrassed in public. These students were contributing an important civic servic
e to their small community, with over a thousand home fans at every game, and th
ey took that responsibility seriously. But schoolwork is almost always performed
and evaluated in private. Successes and failures are unseen and have no bearing
on the happiness of others.
No single one of these 17 patterns taken individually constitutes a magic potion
for a good learning environment. But when we look at these patterns taken toget
her, we can see that football has a lot to recommend it as a social configuratio
n for learning. I'm not going to argue that we should give up on school and focu
s on football. What I am saying is that we have a model for learning difficult s
kills a model that appears in sports, in theater, in student clubs, in music, in
hobbies and it's a model that works, that transmits both skills and joy from ad
ult to teenager and from one teenager to another.
We need a varsity education.
Herb Childress holds a doctorate in Environment-Behavior Studies from the Univer
sity of Wisconsin, Milwaukee. His ethnography of a Northern California high scho
ol, "Landscapes of Betrayal, Landscapes of Joy," is available from University Mi
croforms International, Ann Arbor, Mich. He can be reached via email at miaktxca
"Things refuse to be mismanaged long." -Roman Maxim
"Some people live on what they know; Some people live for what they don't." -She
ik Abu Hanif
"There are tough guys and there are smart guys, but there are only a few tough/s
mart guys...What are you?" -Robert E. Stevenson Sr.
Seriousness is the last refuge of the shallow
Every morning in africa, a gazelle wakes up. It knows it must run faster than t
he fastest lion or it will be killed. Every morning a lion wakes up. It knows
it must outrun the slowest gazelle or it will starve to death. It doesn't matte
r whether you are a lion or a gazelle: when the sun comes up, you'd better be r
"Progress always involves risk: you can't steal second base and keep your oot on
first"-Frederick Wilcox
We don't stock the fruits-only the seeds.
Instead of pointing a finger, why not hold out a hand.
You take a setback and turn it into a comeback.
"It is not the critic who counts; not the man who points out how the strong man
stumbles, or where the doer of deeds could have done them better. The credit be
longs to the man who is actually in the arena...." -Theodore Roosevelt
Loser: "It may be possible, but it will be difficult."
Winner: "It may be difficult, but it is possible."
A man's worth should be judged not for getting ahead of others, but by surpassin
g himself.
The highest reward for man's toil is not what he gets for it, but what he become
s by it.
You can't get anywhere today if you're bogged down in yesterday.
Cherish yesterday, Dream tomorrow, Live today.
Home is not where you live, but where you are understood.
"Moving beyond your comfort zone-that's how you achieve things."
"I learned if I tried harder for a longer period of time than enyone else, I cou
ld win, even if I didn't have the greatest talent."
How you finish a play, a day, or a life itself is mor important than how you sta
rt it.
If you never stick your neck out, you'll never get your head above the crowd.
"He climbs highest who helps another up. " -Zig Ziglar
"Character is victory, not a gift." -Ivor Griffith
"Great souls have wills, feeble ones have only wishes." -Chinese proverb
"The greater danger for most of us is not that our aim is too high and we miss i
t, but that it is too low and we reach it." -Michelangelo
"Democracy is based upon the conviction that there are extraordinary possibiliti
es in ordinary people." -Henry Emerson Fosdick
"The next best thing to solving a problem is finding some humor in it." -Frank A
. Clark
"Shoot for the moon. Even if you miss it, you will land among the stars." -Les
"We must always have old memories and young hopes." -Ronald Reagan
"Pray for a good harves, but keep on plowing." -Anonymous
"Use the past as a springboard, not a sofa. "
"Never measure the height of a mountain until you have reached the top. Then yo
u will see how low it was." -Dag Hammarskjold
"Discipline is not what you do to someone; it is what you do for someone." -Lou
"Flaming enthusiasm, backed by horse sense and persistence, is the quality that
most frequently makes for success." -Dale Carnegie
"Take a lesson from the mosquito. She never waits for an opening-she makes one.
" - Kirk Kirkpatrick
"He who receives a benefit should never forget it; he who bstows one should neve
r remember it." -Charron
"Don't find fault. find a remedy." -Henry Ford
"The nice thing about teamwork is that you always have others on your side." -M
argret Carty
"A diamond is a chunk of coal that made good under pressure." -Classic Crosswor
d Puzzles
"If you keep on saying things are going to be bad, you have a good chance of bei
ng a prophet." -Isaac Bashevis Singer
"In the long run, the pessiimist may be proved right, but the optomist has a bet
ter time on the trip." -Daniel L. Reardon
"Love cures people-both the ones who give it and the ones who receive it." -Dr.
Karl Mennninger
"No one can make you feel inferior without your consent." -Eleanor Roosevelt
"You can't have everything. Where would you put it?" -Steven Wright
"Be not simply good; be good for something." -Henry David Thoreau
"The easiest way to have your way is to go out and make it." -Thoughts for Toda
"Even if you can't prevent another's sorrow, caring will lessen it." -Frank A. C
"Success is getting what you want; happiness is wanting what you get." -Anonymou
"There is no danger of developing eyestrain from looking on the bright side." -C
"Live your life and forget your age." -Frank Bering
"Friendship doubles our joy and divides our grief." -Anonymnous
"Nothing in the world can take the place of persistence. Talent will not; nothi
ng is more common than unsuccessful men with talent. Genius will not; unrewarde
d genius is almost a proverb. Education alone will not; the world is full of ed
ucated derelicts. Persistence and determination alone are omnipotent."-Calvin C
"You've got to be smart to be #1 in any business. But more important, you've go
t to play with your heart; with evey fiber of your body. The objective is to WI
N...fairly, squarely, decently, by the rules...but to win." -Vince Lombardi
"No race can prosper until it learns that there is as much dignity in tilling a
field as in writing a poem." -Booker T. Washington
SINCERE: composed of Latin terms "sine" and "cere"= "without wax." If a potter
stamped "sine cere". there were never ny cracks in the pottery, therefore, no w
ax or glue was needed.
You have thousands of opportunities to keep quiet, use every one of them.
The missing ingredient in most of our talking is a little shortening.
Always watch the sords you speak,
Keep them few ans sweet;
There may be some bitter words
You will have to eat.
"Keep Quiet" (Proverbs 10:19) Matthew 12:36)
If you believe what you say, what you say will be more believable.
Learn from the mistakes of others; you may not live long enough to make them all
"Whenever you start-give it your best. The opportunities are there to be anythi
ng you want to be. But wanting to be someone isn't enough; dreaming about it is
n't enough; thinking about it isn't enough. You've got to study for it, work fo
r it, fight for it with all your heart and soul, because nobody is going to hand
it to you." -General Colin Powel
"No dream comes true until you wake up and go to work." -Banking
"No power in the world can keep a first-class man down or a fourth-class man up.
" -Defender
"You can't turn back the clock, but you can wind it up again." -Bonnie Prudden
"Even if you're on the right track, you'll get run over if you just sit there."
-Will Rogers
"Be dissatisfied enough to improve, but satisfied enough to be happy." -J. Haro
ld Smith
"Why not go out on a limb? Isn't that where the fruit is? " Frank Scully
"There is a time to let things happen and a time to make things happen." -Hugh
"It may not be your fault for being down, but it's got to be your fault for not
getting up." -Steve Davis
"Don't be against things so much as for things." Col. Harland Sanders
"What you get by reaching your goals is not nearly as important as what you beco
me by reaching them" -Zig Ziglar
"One of the secrets of a long and fruitful life is to forgive everybody everythi
ng every night before you go to bed." -Ann Landers
"A gem cannot be polished without friction, nor man perfected without trials."
-Chinese Proverb
"There's no traffic jam on the extra mile." -Unknown

"Fame is a vapor,
Popularity an accident,
Riches take wings.
Only one thing endures-
-Horace Greeley
"Raise your voice only in enthusias." P.S.
"Fall seven times, stand up eight." -Japanese Proverb
"It is a happy talent to know how to play." -Ralph Waldo Emerson
"Moderation in temper is always a virtue; but moderation in principle is always
a vice." -Thomas Paine
"The world is not interested in the storms you encountered, but whether you brou
ght in the ship." -Journal of True Education
"The only way to have a friend is to be one." Ralph Waldo Emerson
"Your life is either a celebration or a chore. The choice is yours." -Anonymou
"Success doesn't come to go to it." -Marva Collins
"Failure is only the opportunity to more intelligently begin again..." -Henry F
"Life in abundance comes only through great love." -Elbert Hubbard
"It is not fair to ask of others what you are not willing to do yourself." -Ele
anor Roosevelt
"When nobody around you seems to measure up, it's time to check your yardstick."
-Bill Lemley

The Bible says it would be better for a person to hae a lage stone tied around h
is neck and drowned in the ocean than to be a stumbling block to a youngster.
1. Compleiment three people every day.
2. Watch the sunrise at least once a year.
3. Be the first to say, "hello."
4. Live beneath your means.
5. Treat everyone like you want to be treated.
6. Never give up on anybody. Miracles happen.
7. Forget the Joneses.
8. Never deprive someone of hope. It may be all he has.
9. Pray not for things, but for wisdom and courage.
10. Be tough-minded but tenderhearted.
11. Be kinder than necessary.
12. Don't forget, a person's greates emotional need is to feel appreciated.
13. Keep your promises.
14. Learn to show cheerfulness, even when you don't feel like it.
15. Remember that overnight success usually takes about 15 years.
16. Leave everything better than you found it.
17. Remember that winners do what losers don't want to do.
18. When you arrive at your job in the morning, let the first thing you say b
righten everyone's day.
19. Don't rain on other people's parades.
20. Never waste an opportunity to tell someone that you love them.
-Life's Little Instruction Book

But let patience have its perfect work, that you
may be perfect and complete, lacking nothing.
-James 1:4
Instant cash. Ten-minute oil change. One-hour photo processing.
Same -day dry cleaning. You would think waiting is one of life's most
trying experiences. We've created for ourselves instant lifestyles. If
things don't happen right now, a trubulence of impatience blows
through our inner-world.
A student asked a college president. "Can I take a shorter course of
studies than the one prescribed?" "Oh, yes," replied the president,
"but it all depends on what you want to be. when God wants to make
a giant oak. He takes many years. But when He wants to make a
squash, He takes a few months."
Belief sets up the conditions that make success, health, and happiness possible.
To turn potential into reality, you must do something about it.
If you think you can
If you think you can't
You're right!
Nine Affirmative Principles
1. I can achieve far beyond my horizons, and in avenues of life I have never
2. I posess a basic goodness which is the foundation for the greatness I can
ultimately achieve.
3. I must take responsibility for my actions, my well-being, and the attainme
nt of my maximum potential.
4. I must seek self-awareness, self-approval, and self-commitment in order to
attain self-fulfillment.
5. I must commit myself to building and maintaining relationships that are cr
itical to the social development of my family and community.
6. I must manifest the belief that mutual respect is the fundamental element
of all relationships.
7.I will enrich my own life by helping others to enrich theirs.
8.I will work toward my goals by planning, executing, and measuring my progress.
9.I will make commitments with care and honor them with integrity.
-Les Brown


Unfortunately, the road to anywhere is filled with many pitfalls, and it takes a
man of determination and character not to fall into them. as I have said many
times, whenever you get your head above the average, someone will be there to ta
ke a poke at you. That is to be expected in any phase of life. However, as I h
ave also said many times before, if you see a man on top of a mountain, he didn'
t just light there! Chances are he had to climb through many difficulties with
a great expenditure of energy in order to get there, and the same is true of a m
an in any profession, be he a great attorney, a great minister, agreat man of me
dicine or a great businessman. I am certain he worked with a definite plan, and
an aim and purpose in life and, will be eenvied by those less successful. I ha
ve always thought that the following little verse contained a good philosophy fo
r every coach:
By your own soul learn to live,
and if men thwart you, take no heed,
If men hate you, have no care;
Sing your song, dream your dream,
hope your hope and pray your prayer.
I am sure that if a coach will follow this philosophy of life, he will be succes
sful. To sit by and worry about criticism, which too often comes from the misin
formed or from those incapable of passing judgment on and individual or a proble
m, is a waste of time.
-Adolf Rupp * college basketball coach*


It is not the critic who counts, not the man who points out how the strong man s
tumbles or where the doer of deeds could have done them better. The credit belo
ngs to the man who is actually in the arena, whose face is marred by dust and sw
eat and blood, who strives valiantly, who errs and comes short again and again b
ecause there is no effort without error and shortcomings, who knows the great de
votion, who spends himself in a worthy cause, who at the best knows in the end t
he high achievement of triumph and who at worst, if he fails while daring greatl
y, knows his place shall never be with those timid and cold souls who know neith
er victory nor defeat
-Theodore Roosevelt, Twenty-sixth President of The United States
The above is one of the most impressive and impacting philosophies I have ever h
eard. It was a thought expressed by one of the greatest competitors of our time
. Theodore Roosevelt, our twenty-sixth President. It embodies my basic feeling
s as to what success is really all about. The same philosophy applies to just a
bout every phase of one's life. The common thread of thought for people in our
sports world is to always try, try and try know in your heart that yo
u did your best. Then, if victory does come, you will know that you made a very
special contribution
-Texas E. Schramm NFL President
Somebody said that it couldn't be done.
But he, with a chuckle, replied
That, "maybe it couldn't," but he would be one
Whow wouldn't say so til he tried.
So he buckled right in, with a trace of a grin
On his face if he worried he hid it.
He started to sing as he tackled the thin
That couldn't be done and he did it .
Somebody scoffed: "Oh, you'll never do that;
At least no noe ever had done it."
But he took off his coat and he took off his hat
and the first thing we knew he'd begun it;
With the lift of his chin, and a bit of a grin,
Without any doubting or quiddity;
He started to sing as he tackled the thing
That couldn't be done, and he did it .
There are thousands to tell you it cannot be done
There are thousands to prophesy failure;
There are thousands to point out to you, one by one,
The dangers that wait to assail you;
But just buckle right in with a bit of a grin,
Then take off your coat and go to it;
Just start in to sing as you tacle the thing
That "cannot be done" and you'll do it!
If you think you're beaten, you are;
If you think you dare not, you don't.
If you'd like to win, but think you can't;
It's almost a cinch you won't
If you think you'll lose, you're lost;
For out in the world you'll find
success begins with a fellow's will;
It's all in the state of mind.
full many a race is lost
Ere ever a step is run;
And many coward fails
Ere ever his work's begun.
Think big, and your deeds will grow;
Think small and you'll fall behind.
Think that you can, and you will;
It's all in the state of mind.
If you think you're outclassed, you are;
You;ve got to think high to rise.
You've got to be sure of yourself before
You can ever win a prize.
Life's battles don't always go
To the stronger of faster man;
B ut sooner or later the man who wins
Is the fellow who thinks he can.
Its All In The State Of Mind!
This is the beginning of a new day.
God has given me this day to use as I will.
I can waste it or use it for good.
What I do today is important
Because I'm exchanging a day of my life for it.
When tomorrow comes this day will be gone forever,
Leaving in its place something I have traded for it.
I want it to be gain, not loss;
Good, not evil;
Success, not failure,
In order that I shall not regret the price I paid for it
Because the future is just a whole string of todays.
When you get what you want in your struggle for self
And the world makes you king for a day,
Just go to the mirror and look at yours
And see what that man has to say.
for it isn't your father or mother or wife
Whose judgement upon you must pass,
The fellow whose verdict counts most in your life,
Is the one staring back from the glass.
You may be like Jack Horner and chisel a plum
And think you're a wonderful guy,
But the man in the glass says you're only a bum
If you can't look him straight in the eye.
He's the fellow to please-never mind all the rest;
For he's with you clear to the end.
And you've passed your most dangerous, difficult test
If the man in the glass is your friend.
You may fool the whole world down the pathway of years,
And get pats on the back as you pass-
But your final reward will be heartache and tears
If you've cheated the man in the glass.
-Nothing splendid has ever been achieved except by those who dared to believe th
at something inside of them was superior to circumstances.-
When things go wrong as they sometimes will,
When the road you're trudging seems all uphill,
When the funds are low and the debts are high,
And you want to smile, but have to sigh,
When care is pressing you down a bit-
Rest if you must, but don't you quit.
Life is queer with its twists and turns,
As everyone of us sometimes learns;
And many a fellow turns about
When he might have won, had he stuck it out.
Don't give up though the pace seems slow-
You may succeed with another blow.
Often the goal is nearer than
It seems to a faint and faltering man;
Often the struggler has given up
When he might have captured the victor's cup;
And he learned too late when the night came down,
How close he was to the golden crown.
Success is failure turned inside out-
The silver tint of the clouds of doubt,
And you never can tell how close you are,
It may be near when it seems afar;
So stick to the fight when you're hardest hit-
It's when things seem worst that you mustn't quit.
-Leo Piggott
The Winner Is always a part of the answer
The loser Is always a part of the problem
The Winner Always has a program
The Loser Always has an Excuse
The Winner Says "Let me do it for you"
The Loser Says "Thats not my job"
The Winner Sees an answer for every problem
The Loser Sees a problem in every answer
The Winner Sees a green near every sand trap
The Loser Sees two or three sand traps near every green
The Winner Says "It may be difficult but it's possible"
The Loser Says "It may be possible but it's too difficult"
When a winner makes a mistake, he says, "I was wrong;"
When a loser makes a mistake, he says, "It wasn't my fault."
A winner works harder than a loser and has more time;
A loser is always "too busy" to do what is necessary.
A winner goes through a problem:
A loser goes around it, and never gets pat it.
A winner makes commitments;
A loser makes promises.
A winner says, "I'm good, but not as good as I ought to be;"
A loser says, "I'm not as bad as a lot of other people."
A winner listens;
A loser just waits until it's his turn to talk.
A winner respects those who are superior to him and tries to learn something fro
m them;
A loser resents those who are superior to him and tries to find chinks in their
A winner feels responsible for more than his job;
A loser says, "I only work here."
A winner says, "There ought to be a better way to do it;"
A loser says, "That's the way it's always been done here."

You cannot bring about prosperity
by discouraging thrift.
You cannot strengthen the weak
by weakening the strong.
You cannot help the wage earner
by pulling down the wage payer.
You cannot further the brotherhood of
man by encouraging class hatred.
You cannot help the poor
by discouraging the rich.
You cannot establish sound security
by spending more than you earn.
You cannot build character and
courage by taking away man's
initiative and independence.
You cannot help men permanently
by doing for them what they could
and should do for themselves.
-Abraham Lincoln-
Like most of us, I had been brought up on the popular belief that the secret of
success is hard work, but I had seen so many men work hard without succeeding an
d so many men succeed without working hard that had become convinced that hard
work was not the real secret even though in most cases it might be one of the re
And so I set out on a voyage of dscovery which carried me through biographies an
d autobiographies and all sorts of dissertations on success and the lives of suc
cessful men until I finally reached a point at which I realized that the secret
I was trying to discover lay not only in what men did, but also in what made the
m do it.
I realized further that the secret for which I was searching must not only apply
to every definition of success, but that it must apply to everyone who had ever
been successful. In short, I was looking for the common denominator of success
And because that is exactly what I was looking for, that is exactly what I found
But this common denominator of success is so big, so powerful, and so vitally im
portant to your future and mine that I'm not going to make a speech about it.
I'm just going to "lay it on the line" in words of one syllable, so simple that
everyone can understand them.
"The common denominator of success-the secret of success of every man who has ev
er been successful-lies in the fact that he formed the habit of doing things tha
t failures don't like to do."
It's just as true as it sounds and it's just as simple as it seems. You can hol
d it up to the light, you can put it to the acid test, and you can kick it aroun
d until it's worn out, but when you are all through with it, it wll still be the
common denominator of success, whether we like it or not.
If the secret of success lies in forming the habit of doing things that failures
don't like to do, let's start the boiling-down process by determining what are
the things that failures don't like to do.
The things that failures don't like to do are the very things that you and I and
other human beings, including successful men, naturally don't like to do. In o
ther words, we've got to realize right from the start that success is something
which is ac hieved by the minority of men, and is therefore unnatural and not to
be achieved by following our natural likes and dislikes nor by being guided by
our natural preferences and prejudices.
Perhaps you have been discouraged by a feeling that you were born subject to cer
tain dislikes peculiar to you, with which the successful individuals are not aff
licted. Perhaps you have wondered why it is that the most successful seem to li
ke to do the things that you don't like to do.
They don't! And I think this is the most encouraging statement I have ever offe
red to a group of individuals.
But if they don't like to do these things, then why do they do them? Because by
doing the things they don't like to do, they can accomplish the things they wan
t to accomplish. Successful individuals are influenced by the desrire for pleas
ing results. Failures are influenced by the desire for pleasing methods and are
inclined to be satisfied with such results as can be obtained by doing things t
hey like to do.
Why are successful individuals able to do things they don't like to do while fai
lures are not? Because successful individuals have a purpose strong enough to m
ake them form the habit of doing things they don't like to do in order to accomp
lish the purpose they want to accomplish .


After you've worked to develop you character, after you've spent the long hours
practicing to get your edge, after you've brought yourself to a mental and a phy
scical peak, you find out. You step onto the field, the court or the mat and yo
u find out who the winner is-you or the guy staring you in the eye.
Don't be afraid to be a winner. Win with class, win with character. You've wor
ked hard, you've paid the price and you deserve to win. You can fight like the
devil to win and still have class. the harder you fight, the more you try to wi
n, the more people will respect you.
Get used to competition because you'll be competing all your life. In school, y
ou compete for grades. In business, you'll be competing to make the sale.
Don't let people convince you that winning insports is not important, that grade
s aren't important or that making the sale is not important. If you don't have
hour share of victgorie, you won't be on the team for very long. If your goal i
s to get into graduate school, you had better plan on getting your share of A's.
and if you want to keep your job, you better make a sale now and then. Nice t
ries and great efforts don't buy many groceries in the real world.
Another reason why winning is so important is that success will help you to main
tain your enthusiasm. How long will you remain excited about your sport if you
go out each week and get beat? Without enthusiasm, you are likely to work less
than you should and you are likely to lose again. Losing is a tough habit to br
Don't say that you're not in a sport to win. No apologies are needed. somebody
is going to win, you or your opponent. You make that decision-but before you d
o, remember it doesn't matter if you win or lose until you lose.


1. Basic Theory
a. All actions start with thoughts.
b. Learn by trial and error.
c. Once a correct or successful response is learned, it is remembered for fut
ure use (forget failures).
d. Every person has a built-in guidance system or goal-striving device.
e. Mind cannot tell difference between real and imagined experience.
f. Principles:
1. Must have a goal or target.
2. Must be oriented to and on results.
3. Do not be afraid of mistakes.
4 Skill learning is by trial and error.
2. Picture said in a certain manner-nearly same as actual performance.
3. Before we can be, we must become, before we become, we must be able to visual
ize our goals.
4. If you want to achieve a thing, see it, visualize it, close your eyes a momen
t. Get the mental picture. Practice learning to think in pictures. It must be
mentally accomplished before it is materially accomplished.
a. You must believe that mind cannot tell difference between real and ima
gined experience.
b. If you repeat something successfully over a long period of time, it be
comes a habit.
c. If you practice something successfully in your mind, it is almost like
actually doing it.
d. Visualize techniques, skills, charges, etc. but always successfully.
Remember, the more realistic you visualize, the more closely it will be associat
ed with the real technique, etc.
e. This is easy practice - requires no physical effort, only concentratio
n of mind.
f. You can visualize at anytime - in the morning, or before bedtime, at l
unch, one the"throne", etc.
g. If you visualize something enough when you do actually do it, you will
have a feeling of having done it before successfully.
h. Helps to develop the habit of thinking positive.
i. Does not replace npractice or on field technique - it is only a learni
ng aid - it can give you the extra edge.
j. It is not easy to do at first - it requires concentration on your part
- you must develop the habit of visualizing.


A prominent salesman summed up his success in three simple words - And Then Some
"I discovered at an early age," he said, "that most of the difference between th
e average and top people could be explained in three words. The top people did
what was expected of them - and then some . They were thoughtful of others;they
were considerate and kind - and then some. They met their obligations fairly a
nd squarely - and then some. They were good friends to their freiends and they
could be counted on in an emergency - and then some."
1. Believe that you can achieve success.
2. Believe in your ability.
3. Believe in hard work.
4. As a player believes, so he is.
5. Belief enables a player to do the impossible.
To bear up under a loss; to fight the bitterness of defeat; to be victor over an
ger; to smile when tears are close. this is what any man can do and be great.
1. Talk of Winning..
2. Talk of confidence, Poise, Knowledge.
3. Talk of becoming a Great Team.
4. Talk of Enthusiasm, of always trying.
5. Talk of Agressiveness.
DESIRE: The enjoyment of competition and the ability to be assertive.
DEDICATION: The willingness and determination to work toward the common goals
. Working tirelessly, never quitting.
CONFIDENCE: The belief in one's ability and the willingness to take the respo
nsibility for one's actions.
LOYALTY: The willingness to make a committment to one's coaches, team and one


1. It pleases my mother so much.
2. It is a fine mark of manliness.
3. It proves I have self-control.
4. It indicates how clearly my mind operates.
5. It makes my conversation so pleasing to everybody.
6. It leaves no doubt in anyone's mind as to my good breeding.
7. It impresses people that I have more than ordinary education.
8. It is an unmistakable sign of culture and refinement.
9. It makes me a very desireable personality among women, children, and respect
able society.
10. It is my way of honoring God who said, "Thou shalt not take the nome of the
Lord in vain."
1. NEVER QUIT (Make this a habit in everything you do. Don't take the easy way
out and be a quitter.)
2. Think in terms of TEAM success. Learn to get along with one another, to hel
p one another, and to enjoy playing together as a TEAM.
3. Never be annoyed by a coach's criticism. Be worried when you receive no cri
ticism, as this shows you haven't made yourself noticeable yet or you are slippi
4. Do not make excuses-make good!
5. Plan to be a hard worker, welcome tough situations.
6. Practice develops habits of behavior; only perfect practice, therefore makes
for perfection.
8. A player who places personal glory and success above the best interests of t
he team is a liability rather than an asset.
9. Football and academics come first; everything else is secondary during footb
all season.
10. Have a tough mental attitude.

Class never runs scared. It is sure-footed and confident in the knowledge that
you can meet life head-on and handle whatever comes along.
Jacob had it. Esau didn't. Symbolically, we can look to Jacob's wrestling match
with the angel. Those who have class have wrestled with their own personal "an
gel" and won a victory that marks them thereafter.
Class never makes excuses. It takes its lumps and learns from past mistakes.
Class is considerate of others. It knows that good manners are nothing more tha
n a series of petty sacifices.
Class bespeaks an aristocracy that has nothing to do with ancestors or money. T
he most affluent blueblood can be totally without class while the descendant of
a Welsh miner may ooze class from every pore.
Class never tries to build itself up by tearing others down.
Class is already up and need not strive to look better by making others look wor
Class can "walk with kings and keep its virtue, and talk with crowds and keep th
e common touch." Everyone is comfortable with the person who has class--because
he is comfortable with himself.
If you have class, you don't need much of anything else. If you don't have it,
no matter what else you have--it doesn't make much difference.


By Gene Emmet Clark, D.D.
Have you been working like a horse?
I've been thinking about that expression--and at least one horse I can name has
earned a pretty fair hourly rate. someone has figured out that the race horse,
Nashua, earned more than a millon dollars in a total racing time that added up t
o less than one-hour!
That's pretty good pay. Of course, we know that many, many more hours went into
preparing for that winning hour of racing.
But there is something else here that interests me. What is there about a horse
like Nashua that mad him such a consistent winner and made him so valuable? Yo
u'd probably pay a hundred times as much for a horse like Nashua as you would fo
r an ordinary race horse. But is he a hundred times faster? No. To be a consi
stent winner and to be worth a hundred times as much as the average, he needed o
nly to be consistent in finishing just ahead of the rest.
All he had to do was win a good share of the time by a nose to be worth a hundre
d times as much as an also-ran. And so it is with human beings who are on top i
n the game of life.
A writer in a national magazine made the assertion that the difference between a
man of achievement and that man of mediocrity is a difference of only about two
percent in study, application, interest, attention, and effort.
Only about two percent separates the winner from the loser! A boxer can win the
world's championship simply by winning one more round than his opponent--or eve
n by being only a point or two ahead. And this narrow margin can make the diffe
rence between fame and fortune or never being heard of again! Its often a matte
r of only two percent. We have no idea of what a change we could make in our re
sults if we would simply add that two percent more time and effort than the aver
age person is willing to put in.


There are times when the ability to learn from failure is a great tactic. Olymp
ic decathalon champion Rafer Johnson develops the point: "The most enjoyment I h
ad in the past was not always winning: What gave me the biggest thrill was the w
ay I reacted when I was beaten--what I thought about and how I came back from de
feat. To my mind, the geat champions are the ones who are able to react to defe
at in a positive way. I'd much rather climb into the head of someone who's lost
and see what made that person come back to be a victor, than climb into the hea
d of a winner. You can probably learn more from the failures rather than the su
ccesses of others. That somebody wins all the time does not necessarily mean th
ey are successful."
God gives me faith in myself.
Not only on the days when I am going great and winning and nothing seems impossi
ble, but on days when I wonder if I am brave enough, smart enough, strong enough
Don't let me quit, not ever. Let me keep faith in myself. No matter how many p
eople discourage me, doubt me, laugh at me, warn me, think me a foot, don't let
me listen. Let me hear another voice telling me, "You can do it, and you will!"
If nobody else in the whole world gives a darn or believes in me, let me belie
ve in myself. I know thee will be times when I doubt my own ability, I will be
discouraged, on the verge of despair. Don't let me give up, hang on to me. Fan
the fires of my faith so that I will try even harder. Give me even more faith
in myself. You are the source of my abilities and my faith. I know that you wi
ll give me what I ask...Faith in myself.


Fear imprisons, faith liberates; fear paralizes, faith empowers; fear dishearten
s, faith encourages; fear sickens, faith heals; fear makes useless, faith makes
serviceable--and, most of all, fear puts hopelessness at the heart of life, whil
e faith rejoices in its God
-The Treasure Chest-
...because I think like a winner, prepare like a winner, and perform like a winn
...because I set high but attainable goals, work toward those goals with determi
nation and persistence, and never stop until I reach them.
...because I am strong enough to say "No!" to those things that would make me le
ss than my best, and to say "Yes!" to the challenges and opportunities that will
make me grow and improve my life.
...because total commitment is my constant comanion, and personal integrity is m
y lifetime mentor.
...because I am learning to avoid the tempting shorcuts that can lead to disapoi
ntment, and the unhealthy habits that could result in defeat.
...because I have a well-earned confidence in myself, a high regard for my teama
tes and co-workers, and a healthy respect for those in authority over me.
...because I have learned to accept criticism, not as a threat, but as an opport
unity toexamine my attitudes and improve my skills.
...because I persevere in the midst of obstacles and fight on in the face of def
...because I am made in the image and likeness of my Creator, who gave me a burn
ing desire, a measure of talent, and a strong faith to attempt the difficult and
to overcome the seemingly impossible.
...because of my enthusiasm for life, my enjoyment of the present, and my trust
in the future.
-William Arthur Ward
DEFINITION: "Training that is expected to produce a specified character or patte
rn of behavior."
1) Bobby Knight's Definition: Do what has to be done; When it has to be done
; As well as it can be done; and do it that way all the time.
2) Tom Landry: "Setting a goal is not the main thing. It is deciding how you w
ill go about achieving it and staying with the plan. The key is discipline--wit
hout it there is no morale."
3) Vince Lombardi: "You teach discipline by doing it over and over; by repetitio
4) Bob Richards: "One of the greatest lessons I've learned in athletics is tha
t you've got to discipline your life. No matter how good you may be, you've got
to be willing to cut out of your life those things that keep you from going to
the top."
5) Jerry West: "You can't get much done in life if you only work on the days w
hen you feel good."
6) Discipline in football is executing fundamentals and techniques the right way
under pressure.
7) Hebrews 12:11: "For the moment all discipline seems painful rather than ple
asant; later it yields the peaceful fruit of righteousness to those who have bee
n trained by it."
8) United States Army: Self-Discipline is doing what you are supposed to do when
a person in authority is not there to ensure that you do it.
9) Discipline implies subjection to a control exerted for the good of the whole
, the adherence to rules or policies extended for the orderly coordination of ef
10) Discipline: Do it Right! Do it hard! Or Do It Again!!

Discipline is what you do when no one is looking! It's being considerate of the
other person. Having good personal habits--you are polite, on time, taking car
e of business with pride. We must be disciplined as individuals first, and than
as a team.
1. Knows the importance of BEING ON TIME.
2. Hard work in practice has taught him the value of regular hours and good t
raining habits.
3. Has learned that the TEAM comes before himself. This strengthens his char
acter; as he is sometimes called upon to sacrifice for others.
4. Has learned to take orders; in taking orders he learns how to give them.
5. Knows discipline is the essence of every successful organization; as a mem
ber of the team, he understands the need for it.
6. Has learned that many of these things establish a degree of self-disciplin
1. Doesn't beat itself by mistakes.
2. Keeps penalties to aminumum.
3. Is always ready to play--INTENSITY.
4. Has the guts to come back from behind.
5. Rises above adversity.
6. Never, never quits.
T Together
E Everyone
A Accomplishes
M More


1. Must be worked at--nothing for granted.
2. All seasons are different--none the same.
3. Founded on respect.

Commitment is the thing. soldiers in the ranks have rarely, over the ages, foug
ht for king, county, feedom or moral principle. More than anything else, men ha
ve fought and winners have won because of a commitment--to a leader--and to a sm
all brotherhood where the ties that bind are mutual respect and confidence--shar
ed privation--shared hazard--shared triumph--a willingness to obey and determina
tion to follow.
An anonomys Marine once wrote:
"And then in one of those great thundering jolts in which a man's real motives a
re revealed to him in an electrifying vision, I understand at last, why I jumped
hospital that Sunday 35 years ago and, in violation of orders, returned to the
front and almost certain death.
It was an act of love. Those men on the line were my family, my home. They wer
e closer to me than I can say, closer than any friends had ever been or ever wou
ld be. They had never let me down, and I couldn't do it to them. I had to be w
ith them, rather than let them die and live with the knowledge that I might have
saved them. Men, I now knew, do not fight for flag or country, for the Marine
Corps or glory or any other abstraction. They fight for one another.
Any man in combat who lacks comrades who will die for him, or for whom he is wil
ling to die, is not a man at all. He is truly dammed."
Revere your fellow Wariors because it is through them that you will be motivated
and sustained through the difficult battles. --Motto of the Miami Redskins Foo
tball Team.

You can pitch a no-hit game,
But it's just another loss
If the errors of your teammates
Put opponent's runs across.
You might be a brilliant runner,
Pass and kick with easy grace,
But you'll miss the winning Touchdown,
If a teammate's out of place.
In the sporting world of business,
In the office or a mill,
Nothying can produce a winner,
Like a little teamwork will.
The world is full of problems,
There's much to cause distress;
We all are bowed beneath the cares
That daily round us press.
There's only one solution.
"Tis simply stated thus:
"A little less of you or me,
A little more of us."
The rule of each one for himself
Most foolish is to follow;
It brings no savor to the game,
Its victories are hollow.
But the other plan has neve failed
To bring satisfaction, plus:
:A little less of you or me,
A little more of us."
A flake of snow is very small,
"Tis lost to sight quite quickly;
But many flakes combined will fill
The roads and pathways thickly.
United we can face the fight
Without distress or fuss;
"A little less of you or me,
A little more of us."
It's all very well to have courage and skill and its
fine to be counted a star, but the single deed with
it's touch of thrill doesn't tell us the man you are;
for there's no lone hand in the game we play, we must
work to a bigger scheme, and the thing that counts in
the world today is how do you pull with the team?
They may sound your praise and may call you great,
they may single you out for fame, but you must work
with your running mate or never you'll win the game.
For never the work of life is done by the mabn with a
selfish dream, for the battle is lost or the battle is
won by the spirit of the team.
You may think it's fine to be praised for skill. But
a greater thing to do is to set your mind and your
will on the goal that's just in view; it's helping
your fellow man to score when his chances hopeless
seem, it's forgetting self til the game is o'er and
fighting for the team.
Definition: Work done by a number of associates, all subordinating personal pro
minence to the efficiency of the whole. -Webster's Dictionary
1. Teamwork is the sure short cut to a good season in sports--the difference be
tween an in-betweener and a real champion.
2. Teamwork teaches people to sacrifice personal feelings in the interest of a
group--his teammates. It's a quality not for showoffs or big-heads.
3. Teamwork makes for execution in a team--something fans enjoy watching; somet
hing they'll back and support.
4. Teamwork upsets the best laid plans of opponents. They can stop an individu
al star, but can't uncover a scheme to stop a group of players working as a team
5. An ant by itself seems to be an insignificant insect, but as a horde it terr
ifies even a giant elephant. So does a well balanced team working in unison.
6. The man sitting out a game on the substitute's bench is as important in a go
od team as one in action on the field of play. For it is his rooting, his enhu
siasm that makes the men on the field fight all the harder.
7. When facing adversity or defeat there is nothing more assuring than men pull
ing together in a common cause. It may not always win ball games--but it does m
ake for life-long friendships and memories.
8. Teamwork requires self-control and self-discipline-elements good atheletes m
ust posess to make for a winning team and season.
9. Although teamwork accomplishes victories, it is essential to ward off bitter
ness of defeat--by group determination to practice plays and conditioning that m
uch harder to assure future wins.
10. Teamwork between coach and players--between children and parents--between s
tudents and teacher depend on respect for one another, a common goal, ability to
make sacrifices, loyalty and above all, LOVE .

Geese don't get high powered press coverage like sea gulls, hawks and eagles. T
hey are seen as dull, ordinary birds which only attract notice twice a year duri
ng migration...Like the Blue Angels, they fly wing tip to wing can hea
r the beat of their wings whistling throught the air in unison...and that is the
secret of their strength...together operating as a flock...
When geese fly in formation, they
travel about 70% faster than when
they fly alone.
Geese share leadership. When the lead goose
tires, he (or she) rotates back into the "V" and
another flies forward to become the leader.
Geese keep company with the fallen. When a sick
or weak goose drops out of flight formation, at least
one other goose joins to help and protect.
By being part of a team, we too, can accomplish much
more, much faster. Words of encouragement and support
(honking from behind) help inspire and energize those on the
front lines, helping them to keep pace in spite of the day-to-day
pressures and fatigue.
And, finally, show compassion and active caring for our fellow man
a member of the ultimate team: "mankind".
The next time you see a formation of geese, remember that it is a re-
ward, a challenge, and a privilege to be a contributing member of a team.
Major League Pitcher/Outfielder
The way a team plays as a whole determines its success. You may have the greate
st bunch of individual stars in the world, but if they don't play together, the
club won't be worth a dime.
Major League Pitcher and Sports Broadcaster
You can't win if nobody catches the ball in the outfield. You're only as good a
s the team you have behind you.
NBA Center
I don't get a big charge out of being the leading scorer. The object of competi
ng is winning. I just try to do what has to be done for us to winb. That might
be anythin at any time--defense, rebounding, passing. I get satisfaction out o
f being a team player.
NFL Linebacker and Sports Broadcaster
This is going to sound corny, but I really want to contribute my one-forty-fift
h that goes into helping the team win a championship. I remember one year when
I made All-Pro and our team didn't do very well--the All Pro thing didn't have m
uch meaning. You can talk to your mother and your wife and kids about being All
Pro, but that's about it.
NFL Wide receiver
You can't do it alone. Be a team player, not an individualist, and respect your
teammates. Anything you do, you'll have to do as a team. Many records have be
en made, but only because of the help of one's teammates.
Thirty-Second President
People acting together as a group can accomplish things which no individual acti
ng alone could ever hope to bring about.
NFL Quarterback
My job is to try to direct the team over the goal line in some way. It doesn't
make a heck of a lot of difference whether it's 100 yards passing and 300 yards
running or 300 passing and 100 running.
College Basketball Coach
The main ingredient of stardom is the rest of the team.
Major League Third Basemen
Talk about batting averages, batting titles and hitting .300 means nothing to me
. I don't even know what my batting average is. It took me a long time to brea
k myself of the habit of checking my average on the scoreboard before every at-b
at. Baseball is a team game. What really counts is the standings--wins and los
ses. Besides, statistics don't measure the full worth of a player. They don't
show when he advances a runner, or when he drives in a player from third with le
ss than two outs.
Sports Broadcaster
The sports world is aclassic example of the game of life. Much can be accomplis
hed when nobody becomes too concerned with who gets the credit. Great plays are
made possible by unselfish and disciplined individuals who are more concerned w
ith the end results than with personal ones.
Major League Shortstop
It feels great to get this type of praise, but I enjoy the wins more because tha
t's what it's all about. We're out to prove we can beat anybody and prove we're
the best in baseball. My goal never has been to break records. My goal, my on
ly goal, is to help our team win a World Series.
NFL Coach and General Manager
Individual commitment to a group effort--that is what makes a team work, a compa
ny work, a society work, a civilization work.
College Football Coach
The secret of winning football games is working more as a team, less as individu
als. I play not my 11 best, but my best 11.
Major League Manager
Baseball's a team game. It's not just the nine guys on the field but all 25 of
them. No one man or two men can do it all.
Amateur Center--Olympic Gold Medalist
We all cam together six months before the 1980 Winter Olympics with different st
yles of hockey and different ethnic beliefs...but we made ourselves a team. Ind
ividually, we could not have done it.
NHL Center
One guy can't win the Stanley Cup or the Boston Bruins would have won it seven s
traight years with Bobby Orr. The better the team plays, the better you play.
Race Car Driver
Preparation is a combination of a lot of effort by a great many people. The enj
ine manufacturers and our own mechanics, who strip the cars from the last race,
test everything to make sure that we're setting up as good of a car as we can fo
r the next race. I get a lot of the glory, but it is not a one-man effort. It
is all these people working together very enthusiastically to make certain I've
got the best car possible.
American Publisher
Large-scale business today is spelled "Teamwork." The successful teamworker doe
sn't wear a chip on his shoulder, doesn't look for slights, isn't constantly on
the alert lest his "dignity" be insulted. He puts the good of the house-the com
pany or team-first. And if the whole prospers, he, as anactive, effective, prog
ressive part of it, will prosper with it.
NFL Coach and General Manager
Teamwork is what the Green Bay Packers were all about. They didn't do it for in
dividual glory. They did it because they loved one another.
Major League Pitcher
As far as I'm concerned, you shouldn't keep individual stats. Baseball is a tea
m game. The only thing that counts is how many games the team has won.
College Basketball Coach
In a team sport like basketball, every time you help somebody else, you help you
English Poet/Novelist
Now this is the law of the jungle-
As old and as true as the sky;
And the wolf that keep it may prosper
But the wolf that shall break it must die.
As the creeper that girdles the tree trunk,
The law runneth forward and back-
And the strength of the pack is the wolf
And the strength of the wolf is the pack.
NFL Coach
It's amazing how much can be accomplished if no one cares who gets the credit.
NFL Halfback/End and Sports Broadcaster
I was a better football player because the team was better-the same is true toda
y with Don and Howie.
Major League First Baseman
The only statistics I pay close attention to are the number of runs scored and t
he number of RBI's because those are the production categories. They are the on
ly ones that help the team win ball games.
Major League Catcher
I am proud of all my trophies, but truthfully when I was playing, I never though
t of records. I just tried to do all I possibly could to help the team win.
College Basketball Coach
There is no letter I in the word teamwork.
NFL Quarterback and Sports Broadcaster
Quarterbacks don't win or lose footbll games. Teams do.
American Clergyman/Author
Try to forget yourself in the service of others. for when we think too much of
ourselves and our own interests, we easily become despondent. But when we work
for others, our efforts return to bless us.
NHL Center and General Manager
In the game of hockey, it takes six to tango. You gotta stand up for your teamm
NFL Defensive Back and Coach
There's a misconception about teamwork. Teamwork is the ability to have differe
nt thoughts about things; it's the ability to argue and stand up and say loud an
d strong what you feel. But in the end, it's also the ability to adjust to what
is best for the team.
NHL Coach
My coaching ph8losophy won't fill a book. Stated very simply, it's to be prepar
ed for anything. There has to be discipline and strong defense. What I mean by
strong defense is not only having good defensemen. It means all six men playin
g good defense at the same time. We are a group...a team.
College Basketball Coach
A few mistakes don't worry me; what worries me is when you make the mistakes and
then forget your role on the team and start to worry about your ego.
NFL Coach and Sports Broadcaster
There is one key point about picking the so-called "great athlete." It doesn't
mean a thing if he doesn't perform with the team in mind.
NBA Coach
Work as hard as you possibly can within the team structure.
NFL Quarterback
I'm only a reflection of what our team is.
NBA Forward
When people tell me fans are cheated because they came to see me do this or that
, I tell them that supposedly they ae coming to see the team win. The role of a
player should be results first, effects second. I don't go in to dunk the ball
or dribble behind my back for the effect of doing it. Those were skills that w
ere developed in the course of trying to reach my potential as a player. My met
hods have created a reputation for myself because it has a certain effect on peo
ple watching the game. If they like it and dig it-hey, that's cool. But if the
y don't like me shooting a lay-up instead of dunking the ball, theyll have to re
alize that I'm out there to help the team win.
Actor, Producer and Director
On the set, I like for everyone to eat together, share food and stories, and kid
and joke because some of that comes over into the working day. The comfort you
estalish among each other shows on the screen.
NFL Linebacker, Coach
The finest compliment that anyone can pay to a person is to say that he is a com
plete team player. To deserve this tribute, your every thought , action, and de
ed should be one that you are doing for the team.
Major League Manager
If you take 25 players, seven coaches, a manager and the front-office staff and
put them all on one end of a rope pulling together, they will win. They can't b
e stopped.
You wonder how they do it
you look to see the knack
you watch the foot in action
or the shoulders or the back
but when you find the answer
where the higher glamours lurk
you'll find in moving higher
up the laurel covered spire
the most of it is practice and
the rest of it is work.
Grantland Rice