Coaching for character : reclaiming the principles of by Craig Clifford, Randolph Feezell

By Craig Clifford, Randolph Feezell

A advisor for coaches that discusses the fundamental rules of sportsmanship and gives recommendation on how one can enhance these features of their players.

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I have to understand the mystery of the whole becoming greater than the sum of the parts, that, when the team clicks, the individual participants get back more than they put into it. TIME-OUT • Apply these reflections about limits and apparent limits to yourself. What are the weaknesses that you need to be aware of? Strengths? Think not just in terms of your technical prowess as a coach, but in terms of moral character. ” What does that mean? • What do you do and say to your players to help them understand their own limits, their own strengths and weaknesses as athletes and as human beings?

If the game is valuable—if we play the game for its joy, for its educational value, for its intrinsic beauty, for the truth about ourselves that it opens up— then sportsmanship is indispensable. Why sportsmanship? Because it matters what sort of human beings we are—and what sort of human beings our children become. Because it’s better for human beings to be courageous, disciplined, fair, honest, responsible, humble, and wise than not to be. The complex of character traits that we refer to as the virtue of sportsmanship is “useful”— good character helps us to win games, run a business, develop friendships—but we should be careful not to reduce sportsmanship to a mere expediency.

And the magic doesn’t happen without the principle of respect for teammates and team. Sometimes virtue is quickly and obviously rewarded; always it is its own reward. That is, it’s better to have it than not to have it. And more often than not, in a team situation respect for teammates and team, if not directly rewarded, starts to catch on. The high moral ground can be a lonely place, but sometimes it attracts good company. © Referee Magazine / Chris Heard CHAPTER 5 Respect for Officials 48 RESPECT FOR OFFICIALS ◆ 49 From this fundamental law of nature, by which men are commanded to endeavour peace, is derived this second law; that a man be willing, when others are too, as far-forth, as for peace, and defence of himself he shall think it necessary, to lay down this right to all things; and be contented with so much liberty against other men, as he would allow other men against himself.

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