September 18th, 2012
Jim Thomas

Coaches and Players Benefit Big From Performance with Integrity

When played with Integrity, football has no downside. While drawing approval from all corners, it simultaneously elevates the stature of players, coaches, and the entire program—from top to bottom.

When coaches invest in a penetrating climate of Integrity big benefits begin to flow…

• Upright Conduct of Players and Coaches;

• Greater Trustworthiness, Respect, and Reputation;

• A Magnification of the Team, Individual Players, and Coaches;

• Greater Levels of Credibility, Accountability, Responsibility;

• Deeper Loyalties among Fans, School Administrators, Alumni, the Media;

• The Sharper Edge in Competition, Including Recruiting

Rarely is it posted in the locker room or printed in play books. Nor is it about discipline, prohibited conduct, punishment, or expulsion.

Instead it embraces the everlasting “should’s,” as distinguished from the “should not’s.”

Integrity is the factor that generates conduct with no gaps.

The athlete leads no double life. Transparency prevails—on the gridiron and elsewhere. Thus, players reflect authenticity. They become the genuine articles.

Football players with Integrity have an unmistakable presence.

They practice scrupulous honesty. They keep their word in matters great and small. They strive to deliver as promised, when promised, in the manner promised. They stand accountable for their deeds, athletic and otherwise. They know HOW they practice and play is as important as WHAT they practice and play. To the alluring temptation, to the ill-advised compromise, they have the power to say NO.

Players like Johnny Unitas, Doak Walker, Charlie Trippi, for example, do not waver. They adhere to ideals and inner convictions, irrespective of the difficulty, inconvenience, or consequences of doing so. And, their adherence is beneficial to all concerned.

How does the coaching staff implant a culture of Integrity? Show their players examples of Integrity in action. Lay out to the squad the oak-hard tenets that govern its practice, motivations that compel it, and how breaches of it can decimate in ten seconds reputations months and years in the making.

An excellent source to draw from is Integrity, The Heart and Soul in Sports from the Fellowship of Christian Athletes, Kansas City, Mo 1 800 289 0909


Leave a reply

You must be logged in to post a comment.