Are YOU a Master Craftsman?

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"Without craftsmanship, inspiration is a mere reed shaken in the wind."

Johannes Brahms


How many of you would raise your hand if I asked, who wants to be average? Who wants to be an average coach? Or an average teacher? Or an average PARENT?

Not many, I would venture to say.

Then, why is it that so many of us coaches, teachers and parents aspire to mediocrity? Maybe it's because we think we're not smart enough or talented enough to be incredible. Or maybe it's because we've just been lulled into the lie of "I'm just too dang busy getting by... to be special to anybody or myself."

SportsLeader wants to reawaken all of us. Because the truth is, I do have what it takes to be an awesome coach. The truth is, YOU do have what it takes to be an awesome coach. We ALL HAVE what it takes to be awesome for this country. SportsLeader believes in this TRUTH and what is more, we believe that this truth MUST be made known....definitely, for the sake of our kids, but probably more for the sake of US.

We do have what it takes. We have the power to be a Master Craftsman.

mary lou retton

CLICK ON IMAGE: to view the story of Mary Lou Retton's Olympic success with her Master Coach: Bela Karolyi


The famous poem below points out the reality that all of us have potential; you, me, and especially our young people. All that is necessary for all that potential to become polished, beautiful and complete is simply, the Masters Hand.

The Touch of the Masters Hand

Twas battered and scarred, and the auctioneer thought it scarcely worth his while to waste much time on the old violin, but held it up with a smile; "What am I bidden, good folks," he cried, "Who'll start the bidding for me?" "A dollar, a dollar"; then two!" "Only two? Two dollars, and who'll make it three? Three dollars, once; three dollars twice; going for three.." But no, from the room, far back, a gray-haired man came forward and picked up the bow; Then, wiping the dust from the old violin, and tightening the loose strings, he played a melody pure and sweet as caroling angel sings.

The music ceased, and the auctioneer, with a voice that was quiet & low, said; "What am I bid for the old violin?" And he held it up with the bow. A thousand dollars, and who'll make it two? Two thousand! And who'll make it three? Three thousand, once, three thousand, twice, and going and gone," said he. The people cheered, but some of them cried, "We do not quite understand what changed its worth." Swift came the reply: "The touch of a master's hand."

And many a man with life out of tune, and battered and scarred with sin, is auctioned cheap to the thoughtless crowd, much like the old violin, A "mess of pottage," a glass of wine; a game - and he travels on. "He is going" once, and "going twice, He's going and almost gone." But the Master comes, and the foolish crowd never can quite understand the worth of a soul and the change that's wrought by the touch of the Master's hand.

Myra 'Brooks' Welch


Dear SportsLeader readers, so many adults do not understand what is the real catalyst for the changes that take place in a young person when they finally "get it." Put simply (like in the above poem) it's the Master's hand.

People, as educators, we have been given the grace of the Master's hand. We wouldn't be in this profession if it were not true. With this grace comes the power to do the same with the young people in our lives. Our children will "get it" when we touch their souls through our thoughtful, expert, loving craftsmanship---being THEIR Master Coach.

The problem is NOT our children. The problem is US.

However, we ALSO are the SOLUTION!

Let's all of us recommit to refining our craftsmanship, investing in ourselves and the unpolished gems that surround us and become the Master Craftsmen that God, Himself, created us to be....we have future Olympic champions waiting for our expertise!

More Than A Coach...SportsLeader!!