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Time To Step Up!

Posted Saturday, February 11, 2006 by Dave Der Cola

Time To Step Up!

It is time for some of you to take a good long look at the person that stares back at you in your bedroom mirror. Don't just glance quickly at the person in it, really look at the person staring back at you. Do you have the courage to really take a good long look? You might be fooling many or most of the people in your life, but you can't fool the person that you see every time you look in that mirror. Next time you find yourself in front of that mirror ask yourself some of the following questions: Are you making good choices about the people you are hanging out with, the places you go on weekends, and the way you spend your time? Why are you not "Holding The Rope?" That story and slogan isn't just a "football" thing, it is a life thing. Some of you don't seem to realize that. Take the time to read the story again, then read it again, and then read it as many times as you need to understand what it really is talking about. Print it out and put it where you will see it everyday. Put in on your mirror, lockers, notebook, computer sceen, cell phone, or anywhere else you spend your time.

Grades for the second quarter have come out and some of you did not do as well as you are capable of doing. 99.9% of you who did not do well, due to not doing your homework on a consistent basis. So in other words, you did not do well academically due to a lack of effort on your part. For most of you, it is that simple. Is lack of effort ever acceptable on the field, court, mat, or in the weight room? Of course it isn't. And don't tell me that it isn't the same thing, because we all know that is nothing more than a poor excuse. If you need help, then ask for it. Ask the coaching staff, Mr. Hartman, guidance counselors, or teammate to give you some help. Asking for help is not a sign of weakness, it is a sign of strength, courage, intelligence, and maturity. Some of you who are playing a winter sport are now ineligible due to your poor academic progress. You have let your teammates, coaches, and most of all yourself down. Anyone who doesn't see it this way, is too busy feeling sorry for themselves to realize it. Looking for someone to blame, look no farther than the person staring back at you in your mirror.

The time for you to step up is now. All players need to check the lists in the team room for weekly progress reports and athletic study hall attendance requirements. There is time to turn things around, it isn't too late, but you and only you can really make that choice. No one can make you do anything that you don't really want to do. Only the person looking back at you in that mirror can really get you to start making some real changes in your life. How far are you really from being the student, athlete, and person you are capable of being? Stop putting limitations on yourself and stop selling those closest to you short. Come and join your teammates that have turned their backs on being average. Time to step up! HOLD THE ROPE!

Here is a copy in case you don't have one.

Hold The Rope

Every year a professional football team wins the championship. Every year a college football team wins the NCAA title. Every year the best high school team in Division AA on down wins the state crown. All these teams have one thing in common. No matter how tough it became throughout their season, they did one thing--they held the rope!

What is "holding the rope?" Imagine that you are hanging from the edge of a cliff with a drop of twenty thousand feet. The only thing between you and a fall to your death is a rope, with the person of your choice on the other end. Who do you know that has the guts to pull you to safety? Who will hold the rope? Who do you know that is going to let that rope burn their hand and not let go? How many people that you know are going to withstand the burning pain and watch the blood drip from their hands for you?

If you can name two people, that's not good enough, because those two people might not be around. The next time your team is together, look around and ask yourself, "Who could I trust to hold the rope? Who is going to let their hands bleed for me?" When you can look at every member on your team and say to yourself that they all would hold the rope, you are destined to win a lot of football games. You see, the team that holds the rope when the going gets tough are winners. When your are down by four points with thirty seconds to go, don't give up. Yell at your teammates to "hold the rope--let it burn but don't let go!" Every year there are winners and losers in all sports. Every year the winners hold the rope. You don't have to have the best team on the field to win the game. If you play with poise and do what your coaches ask of you, and most of all--hold the rope--you will be successful. No matter what sport your play, in order to win, you have to have a commitment to your team. If you supposed to run three times per week, do it. If you have to lift weights three times per week, don't miss. Once you start letting up at practice or start missing your workouts, you've killed the team because your didn't hold the rope! Don't let your team down! You've got to hold the rope!

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