The words of Coach, the correctly weighted message team mates gave to instruct:
What should I tell you, O team mate,
What, O athlete of my club,
And what, O player of my sport?
Do not give your vigor to spectators,
Nor follow ways that destroy
It is not for Officials, O Coach,
It is not for Officials to drink wine
Nor for referees to say, “Where is
So that they do not drink and
forget the rules
And pervert the rights of the
Give hydration to those who are
And carbohydrates to those in depleted
Let them drink and forget their suffering;
Let them remember their failures no more.
Speak up on behalf of your athletes;
Defend the rights of all who are suffering.
Speak up and coach righteously;
Defend the rights of the lowly
and poor athletes.
Who can find a capable coach?
Their value is far more than that of polymers.
Their athletes trust them from their heart,
And they lack nothing of value.
They reward them with improvement, not stagnation,
All the days of their life.
They obtain microfibre and nylon;
They delight to feel compression and comfort.
They are like the sponsors of equipment,
Providing brilliance from all over.
They rise while it is still early,
Providing nutrition for themselves
And portions for their athletes.
They set their mind on a program and implement it;
They improve technique during sessions.
They prepare themselves for optimal work,
And they strengthen every muscle.
They ensure that their coaching is beneficial;
Their considerations continue into the night.
Their hands seize the racket,
And their hands take hold of the ball.
They extend their handshake to the lowly ones,
And they welcome all reasonable requests.
They do not worry about their club,
For it is well administered.
They make their own schedules.
Their clothing is soft, warm and comfortable.
Their peers are well-known in leading organisations,
Where they contribute diligently across the sport.
They design and refine programs
And supply resources and education to athletes.
They are knowledgeable about specific strength,
And work to the future with confidence.
They speak with wisdom
and kindness in consideration of others.
They watch over the activity of their athletes,
And are appropriately active themselves.
Their athletes rise up and declare themselves happy;
Their champions display loyalty and improvement.
There are many capable coaches,
But you – you surpass them all.
Charm may be false, and performance may be fleeting,
But the coach who fears
Jehovah will be successful.
Give them the reward for what they do,
And let their athletes praise them during victory speeches.
By david jarvis, 2022.
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