How do you find the time to work on a project that will move you to a new level?

TENNIS AND THE IMMORTAL SOUL (Edited and Modernized)
Based on Arnold Bennett's Book

Look for ways to find time to work on projects that benfit you.


You get into the morning train with your newspaper, and you calmly and majestically give yourself up to your newspaper. You do not hurry. You know you have at least half an hour of security in front of you. As your glance lingers idly at the advertisements of shipping and of songs on the outer pages, your air is the air of a leisured man, wealthy in time, of a man from some planet where there are a hundred and twenty-four hours a day instead of twenty-four. I am an impassioned reader of newspapers. I read five English and two French dailies, and the news-agents alone know how many weeklies, regularly. I am obliged to mention this personal fact lest I should be accused of a prejudice against newspapers when I say that I object to the reading of newspapers in the morning train. Newspapers are produced with rapidity, to be read with rapidity. There is no place in my daily programme for newspapers. I read them as I may in odd moments. But I do read them. The idea of devoting to them thirty or forty consecutive minutes of wonderful solitude is to me repugnant. I cannot possibly allow you to scatter priceless pearls of time with such Oriental lavishness. You are not the Shah of time. Let me respectfully remind you that you have no more time than I have. No newspaper reading in trains! I have already “put by” about three-quarters of an hour for use.

Now you reach your office. And I abandon you there till six o’clock. I am aware that you have nominally an hour (often in reality an hour and a half) in the midst of the day, less than half of which time is given to eating. But I will leave you all that to spend as you choose. You may read your newspapers then.

I meet you again as you emerge from your office. You are pale and tired. At any rate, your wife says you are pale, and you give her to understand that you are tired. During the journey home you have been gradually working up the tired feeling. The tired feeling hangs heavy over the mighty suburbs of London like a virtuous and melancholy cloud, particularly in winter. You don’t eat immediately on your arrival home. But in about an hour or so you feel as if you could sit up and take a little nourishment. And you do. Then you see friends; you potter; you play cards; you flirt with a book; you note that old age is creeping on; you take a stroll; you caress the piano.... By Jove! a quarter past eleven. You then devote quite forty minutes to thinking about going to bed; and it is conceivable that you are acquainted with a genuinely good drink. At last you go to bed, exhausted by the day’s work. Six hours, probably more, have gone since you left the office--gone like a dream, gone like magic, unaccountably gone!

That is a fair sample case. But you say: “It’s all very well for you to talk. A man *is* tired. A man must see his friends. He can’t always be on the stretch.” Just so. But when you arrange to go to the theatre what happens? You rush to the suburbs; you spare no toil to make yourself glorious in fine raiment; you rush back to town in another train; you keep yourself on the stretch for four hours, if not five; you take her home; you take yourself home. You don’t spend three-quarters of an hour in “thinking about” going to bed. You go. Friends and fatigue have equally been forgotten, and the evening has seemed so exquisitely long (or perhaps too short)! And do you remember that time when you were persuaded to sing in the chorus of the amateur operatic society, and slaved two hours every other night for three months? Can you deny that when you have something definite to look forward to at eventide, something that is to employ all your energy--the thought of that something gives a glow and a more intense vitality to the whole day?

What I suggest is that at six o’clock you look facts in the face and admit that you are not tired (because you are not, you know), and that you arrange your evening so that it is not cut in the middle by a meal. By so doing you will have a clear expanse of at least three hours. I do not suggest that you should employ three hours every night of your life in using up your mental energy. But I do suggest that you might, for a commencement, employ an hour and a half every other evening in some important and consecutive cultivation of the mind. You will still be left with three evenings for friends, bridge, tennis, domestic scenes, odd reading, pipes, gardening, pottering, and prize competitions. You will still have the terrific wealth of forty-five hours between 2 p.m. Saturday and 10 a.m. Monday. If you persevere you will soon want to pass four evenings, and perhaps five, in some sustained endeavour to be genuinely alive. And you will fall out of that habit of muttering to yourself at 11.15 p.m., “Time to be thinking about going to bed.” The man who begins to go to bed forty minutes before he opens his bedroom door is bored; that is to say, he is not living.

But remember, at the start, those ninety nocturnal minutes thrice a week must be the most important minutes in the ten thousand and eighty. They must be sacred, quite as sacred as a dramatic rehearsal or a tennis match. Instead of saying, “Sorry I can’t see you, old chap, but I have to run off to the tennis club,” you must say, “...but I have to work.” This, I admit, is intensely difficult to say. Tennis is so much more urgent than the immortal soul.

Assignment:

Part One (Written)
Use the comment section in this post to write your reflections as indicated below.

1) What is a project or endeavor that you could work on after school that would be beneficial for your future growth?
2) Describe what you would like to be better at by this time next year?

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How to live fully and completely by adding this simple mindset hack

Post #4 in the Time Series

Coach Craig Ball talks about time management


THE CAUSE OF THE TROUBLES (Edited and Modernized)
Based on Arnold Bennett's Book

In order to come to grips at once with the question of time- expenditure in all its actuality, I must choose an individual case for examination. I can only deal with one case, and that case cannot be the average case, because there is no such case as the average case, just as there is no such man as the average man. Every man and every man’s case is special.

But if I take the case of an American who works in an office, whose office hours are from ten to six, and who spends fifty minutes morning and night in traveling between his house door and his office door, I shall have got as near to the average as facts permit. There are men who have to work longer for a living, but there are others who do not have to work so long.

Fortunately, the financial side of existence does not interest us here; for our present purpose the clerk at a pound a week is exactly as well off as the millionaire in Carlton House-terrace.

Now the great and profound mistake which my typical man makes in regard to his day is a mistake of general attitude, a mistake which vitiates and weakens two-thirds of his energies and interests. In the majority of instances he does not precisely feel a passion for his business; at best he does not dislike it. He begins his business functions with reluctance, as late as he can, and he ends them with joy, as early as he can. And his engines while he is engaged in his business are seldom at their full horsepower (Effort).

Yet in spite of all this, he persists in looking upon those hours from ten to six as “the day,” to which the ten hours preceding them and the six hours following them are nothing but a prologue and epilogue. Such an attitude, unconscious though it be, of course, kills his interest in the odd sixteen hours, with the result that, even if he does not waste them, he does not count them; he regards them simply as margin.

This general attitude is utterly illogical and unhealthy since it formally gives the central prominence to a patch of time and a bunch of activities which the man’s one idea is to “get through” and have “done with.” If a man makes two-thirds of his existence subservient to one-third, for which admittedly he has no absolutely feverish zest, how can he hope to live fully and completely? He cannot.

If my typical man wishes to live fully and completely he must, in his mind, arrange a day within a day. And this inner day, a Chinese box in a larger Chinese box must begin at 6 p.m. and end at 10 a.m. It is a day of sixteen hours, and during all these sixteen hours he has nothing whatever to do but cultivate his body and his soul and his fellow men. During those sixteen hours, he is free; he is not a wage-earner; he is not preoccupied with monetary cares; he is just as good as a man with a private income. This must be his attitude. And his attitude is all important. His success in life depends on it.

What? You say that full energy given to those sixteen hours will lessen the value of the business eight? Not so. On the contrary, it will assuredly increase the value of the business eight. One of the chief things which my typical man has to learn is that the mental faculties are capable of a continuous hard activity; they do not tire like an arm or a leg. All they want is change--not rest, except in sleep.
I shall now examine the typical man’s current method of employing the sixteen hours that are entirely his, beginning with his uprising. I will merely indicate things which he does and which I think he ought not to do, postponing my suggestions for “planting” the times which I shall have cleared--as a settler clears spaces in a forest.

Injustice to him I must say that he wastes very little time before he leaves the house in the morning at 9.10. In too many houses he gets up at nine, breakfasts between 9.7 and 9.9 1/2, and then bolts. But immediately he bangs the front door his mental faculties, which are tireless, become idle. He walks to the station in a condition of mental coma. Arrived there, he usually has to wait for the train. On hundreds of suburban stations every morning you see men calmly strolling up and down platforms while railway companies unblushingly rob them of time, which is more than money. Hundreds of thousands of hours are thus lost every day simply because my typical man thinks so little of time that it has never occurred to him to take quite easy precautions against the risk of its loss.
He has a solid coin of time to spend every day--call it a sovereign. He must get change for it, and in getting the change he is content to lose heavily.

Supposing that in selling him a ticket the company said, “We will change you a sovereign, but we shall charge you three halfpence for doing so,” what would my typical man exclaim? Yet that is the equivalent of what the company does when it robs him of five minutes twice a day.
You say I am dealing with minutiae. I am. And later on, I will justify myself.
Now, will you kindly buy your paper and step onto the train?

Assignment:

Part One (Written)
Use the comment section in this post to write your reflections as indicated below.

1) Describe your morning routine before arriving at school on school days. Explain what time you get up when you arrive at school.
2)Describe your afterschool routine and describe what you speed your time on when you arrive at home. Indicate what time you typically go to bed at night.

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What's the wonderful undiscovered secret to making the most of your time?

Post #3 in the Time Series



PRECAUTIONS BEFORE BEGINNING (Edited and Modernized)
Based on Arnold Bennett's Book

Now that I have succeeded (if succeeded I have) in persuading you to admit to yourself that you are constantly haunted by a suppressed dissatisfaction with your own arrangement of your daily life; and that the primal cause of that inconvenient dissatisfaction is the feeling that you are every day leaving undone something which you would like to do, and which, indeed, you are always hoping to do when you have “more time”; and now that I have drawn your attention to the glaring, dazzling truth that you never will have “more time,” since you already have all the time there is--you expect me to let you into some wonderful secret by which you may at any rate approach the ideal of a perfect arrangement of the day, and by which, therefore, that haunting, unpleasant, daily disappointment of things left undone will be got rid of!

I have found no such wonderful secret. Nor do I expect to find it, nor do I expect that anyone else will ever find it. It is undiscovered. When you first began to gather my drift, perhaps there was a resurrection of hope in your breast. Perhaps you said to yourself, “This man will show me an easy, unfatiguing way of doing what I have so long in vain wished to do.” Alas, no! The fact is that there is no easy way, no royal road. The path to Mecca is extremely hard and stony, and the worst of it is that you never quite get there after all.

The most important preliminary to the task of arranging one’s life so that one may live fully and comfortably within one’s daily budget of twenty-four hours is the calm realization of the extreme difficulty of the task, of the sacrifices and the endless effort which it demands. I cannot too strongly insist on this.

If you imagine that you will be able to achieve your ideal by ingeniously planning out a timetable with a pen on a piece of paper, you had better give up hope at once. If you are not prepared for discouragements and disillusions; if you will not be content with a small result for a big effort, then do not begin. Lie down again and resume the uneasy doze which you call your existence.
It is very sad, is it not, very depressing and somber? And yet I think it is rather fine, too, this necessity for the tense bracing of the will before anything worth doing can be done. I rather like it myself. I feel it to be the chief thing that differentiates me from the cat by the fire.

“Well,” you say, “assume that I am braced for the battle. Assume that I have carefully weighed and comprehended your ponderous remarks; how do I begin?” Dear sir, you simply begin. There is no magic method of beginning. If a man standing on the edge of a swimming-bath and wanting to jump into the cold water should ask you, “How do I begin to jump?” you would merely reply, “Just jump. Take hold of your nerves, and jump.”

As I have previously said, the chief beauty about the constant supply of time is that you cannot waste it in advance. The next year, the next day, the next hour are lying ready for you, as perfect, as unspoiled, as if you had never wasted or misapplied a single moment in all your career. Which fact is very gratifying and reassuring. You can turn over a new leaf every hour if you choose. Therefore no object is served in waiting till next week, or even until tomorrow. You may fancy that the water will be warmer next week. It won’t. It will be colder.

But before you begin, let me murmur a few words of warning in your private ear.

Let me principally warn you against your own ardor. Ardor in well-doing is a misleading and a treacherous thing. It cries out loudly for employment; you can’t satisfy it at first; it wants more and more; it is eager to move mountains and divert the course of rivers. It isn’t content till it perspires. And then, too often, when it feels the perspiration on its brow, it wearies all of a sudden and dies, without even putting itself to the trouble of saying, “I’ve had enough of this.”

Beware of undertaking too much at the start. Be content with quite a little. Allow for accidents. Allow for human nature, especially your own.

A failure or so, in itself, would not matter, if it did not incur a loss of self-esteem and of self-confidence. But just as nothing succeeds like success, so nothing fails like failure. Most people who are ruined are ruined by attempting too much. Therefore, in setting out on the immense enterprise of living fully and comfortably within the narrow limits of twenty-four hours a day, let us avoid at any cost the risk of an early failure. I will not agree that in this business, at any rate, a glorious failure is better than a petty success. I am all for the petty success. A glorious failure leads to nothing; a petty success may lead to a success that is not petty.

So let us begin to examine the budget of the day’s time. You say your day is already full to overflowing. How? You actually spend in earning your livelihood-- how much? Seven hours, on the average? And in actual sleep, seven? I will add two hours, and be generous. And I will defy you to account to me on the spur of the moment for the other eight hours.

Assignment:

Part One (Written)
Use the comment section in this post to write your reflections as indicated below.

1) Describe a project or goal that you are working on during your week that's not part of your school work.
2) If you had more time during the week, what would you speed that time doing?
3) If you had $1 Million dollars to create product, service or charity...what would you work on and how would you get started?

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What I've learned from recruiting HS football players

While recruiting HS football players in the halls of a small school, I've realized that many are unprepared to commit unless they are assured an expected position or starting spot. You are not given anything...sometimes you just have to commit, do your best, and let the chips fall where they may.

Commit to something and let the chips fall



There are no guaranteed results. -Coach Ball


How taking steps toward your goals relieves the torment of regret

Post #2 in the Time Series

Move toward your goals to relieve the paralyzing effect of regret

THE DESIRE TO EXCEED ONE’S PROGRAM (Edited and Modernized)
Based on Arnold Bennett's Book

Surely it is a simple affair, knowing that one has only twenty-four hours a day, to content one’s self with twenty-four hours a day!”

Here I present my excuses and apologies. Many peoples souls are haunted, more or less painfully, by the feeling that the years slip by, and slip by, and slip by, and that they have not yet been able to get their lives into proper working order.

If we analyze that feeling, we shall perceive it to be, primarily, one of uneasiness, of expectation, of looking forward, of aspiration. It is a source of constant discomfort to be unsure of your way. We ask "What have I done with my youth? What are you doing at this age?” You may urge that this feeling of continuous looking forward, of aspiration, is part of life itself, and inseparable from life itself. Is that True?

But there are degrees. A man may desire to go to Mecca. His conscience tells him that he ought to go to Mecca. He sets out towards his destination (his Goal) he may never reach Mecca; he may drown in a shipwreck he may perish ingloriously on the coast of the Red Sea; his desire to reach his goal may remain incomplete. This unfulfilled aspiration may always trouble him...but he will not be tormented in the same way as the man who, desiring to reach Mecca, and is harassed by the desire to reach Mecca but never leaves his home or fails to make a move towards the goal.

It is something to have left Home...striving. Many of us have not moved toward our large targets. We have not even taken that first step...inquired about the cost. And our excuse to ourselves is that there are only twenty-four hours in the day.

If we further analyze our vague, uneasy aspiration, we shall, I think, see that it springs from a fixed idea that we ought to do something in addition to those things which we are loyally and morally obliged to do. We are obliged, by various codes written and unwritten, to maintain ourselves and our families (if any) in health and comfort, to pay our debts, to save, to increase our prosperity by increasing our efficiency. A task sufficiently difficult! A task which very few of us achieve! A task often beyond our skill! yet, if we succeed in it, as we sometimes do, we are not satisfied; the unfulfilled aspirations are still with us.

And even when we realize that the task is beyond our skill, that our powers cannot cope with it, we feel that we should be less discontented if we gave to our powers, already overtaxed, something still further to do.

And such is, indeed, the fact. The wish to accomplish something outside their formal program is common to all men who in the course of evolution have risen past a certain level.

Until an effort is made to satisfy that wish, the sense of uneasy waiting for something to start which has not started will remain to disturb the peace of the soul. That wish has been called by many names. It is one form of the universal desire for knowledge. And it is so strong that men whose whole lives have been given to the systematic acquirement of knowledge have been driven by it to overstep the limits of their program in search of still more knowledge.

I imagine that in the majority of people who are conscious of the wish to live--that is to say, people who have intellectual curiosity--the aspiration to exceed formal programs takes a social and technological shape. You would like to embark on a course of searching. Decidedly the American people are becoming more and more social and tech savvy. But I would point out that the use of the internet is by no means comprises the whole field of knowledge, and that the disturbing appetite to improve one’s self--to increase one’s knowledge--may well be set quite apart from more devices. I will deal with the various ways that we sluggishly move forward a bit later in these postings. Here I merely point out to those who have no natural sympathy with technology that devices are not the only well that we can dip into when moving forward towards our targets.

Assignment:

Part One (Written)
Use the comment section in this post to write your reflections as indicated below.

1) Write a paragraph about your own obligations...Tell me about the things that are expected from you on a daily or weekly basis that have nothing to do with your bigger long-term goals.

2) Add some of the things that you are restricted from doing on a daily or weekly basis.

Part Two (Procedural) 
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How time is used to equalize the rich and poor

Arnold Bennett that was born in 1867. He was a philosophical writer and novelist. I will use his short book entitled "How to Live on 24 Hours a Day" as a guide to talk about using time to our advantage. Please read the first chapter of his book below and follow the directions at the end of this post.

How do you use your time?


Post #1 in the Time Series

THE DAILY MIRACLE
“Yes, he’s one of those men that don’t know how to manage. Good situation. Regular income. Quite enough for luxuries as well as needs. Not really extravagant. And yet the fellow’s always in difficulties. Somehow he gets nothing out of his money. Excellent flat--half empty! Always looks as if he’d had the brokers in. The new suit--old hat! Magnificent necktie--baggy trousers! Asks you to dinner: cut glass--bad mutton, or Turkish coffee--cracked cup! He can’t understand it. Explanation simply is that he fritters his income away. Wish I had the half of it! I’d show him--” 
So we have most of us criticised, at one time or another, in our superior way. 
We are nearly all Chancellors of the Exchequer: it is the pride of the moment. Newspapers are full of articles explaining how to live on such-and-such a sum, and these articles provoke a correspondence whose violence proves the interest they excite. Recently, in a daily organ, a battle raged around the question of whether a woman can exist nicely in the country on L85 a year. I have seen an essay, “How to live on eight shillings a week.” But I have never seen an essay, “How to live on twenty-four hours a day.” Yet it has been said that time is money. That proverb understates the case. Time is a great deal more than money. 
If you have time you can obtain money--usually. But though you have the wealth of a cloak-room attendant at the Carlton Hotel, you cannot buy yourself a minute more time than I have, or the cat by the fire has. 
Philosophers have explained space. They have not explained time. It is the inexplicable raw material of everything. With it, all is possible; without it, nothing. The supply of time is truly a daily miracle, an affair genuinely astonishing when one examines it. You wake up in the morning, and lo! your purse is magically filled with twenty-four hours of the unmanufactured tissue of the universe of your life! It is yours. It is the most precious of possessions. A highly singular commodity, showered upon you in a manner as singular as the commodity itself! 
For remark! No one can take it from you. It is unstealable. And no one receives either more or less than you receive.
Talk about an ideal democracy! In the realm of time, there is no aristocracy of wealth and no aristocracy of intellect. 
Genius is never rewarded by even an extra hour a day. And there is no punishment. Waste your infinitely precious commodity as much as you will, and the supply will never be withheld from you. 
Mo mysterious power will say:--”This man is a fool, if not a knave. He doesn't deserve time; he shall be cut off at the meter.” It is more certain than consoles, and payment of income is not affected by Sundays. Moreover, you cannot draw on the future. Impossible to get into debt! You can only waste the passing moment. You cannot waste to-morrow; it is kept for you. You cannot waste the next hour; it is kept for you. I said the affair was a miracle. Is it not? 
You have to live on this twenty-four hours of daily time. Out of it, you have to spin health, pleasure, money, content, respect, and the evolution of your immortal soul. Its right use, its most effective use, is a matter of the highest urgency and of the most thrilling actuality. All depends on that. Your happiness--the elusive prize that you are all clutching for, my friends!--depends on that. Strange that the newspapers, so enterprising and up-to-date as they are, are not full of “How to live on a given income of time,” instead of “How to live on a given income of money”!  
Money is far commoner than time. When one reflects, one perceives that money is just about the commonest thing there is. It encumbers the earth in gross heaps. 
If one can’t contrive to live on a certain income of money, one earns a little more- -or steals it, or advertises for it. One doesn’t necessarily muddle one’s life because one can’t quite manage on a thousand pounds a year; one braces the muscles and makes it guineas, and balances the budget. But if one cannot arrange that an income of twenty-four hours a day shall exactly cover all proper items of expenditure, one does muddle one’s life definitely. The supply of time, though gloriously regular, is cruelly restricted. 
Which of us lives on twenty-four hours a day? And when I say “lives,” I do not mean exists, nor “muddles through.” Which of us is free from that uneasy feeling that the “great spending departments” of his daily life are not managed as they ought to be? Which of us is quite sure that his fine suit is not surmounted by a shameful hat, or that in attending to the crockery he has forgotten the quality of the food? Which of us is not saying to himself-- which of us has not been saying to himself all his life: “I shall alter that when I have a little more time”? 
We never shall have any more time. We have, and we have always had, all the time there is. It is the realization of this profound and neglected truth (which, by the way, I have not discovered) that has led me to the minute practical examination of daily time-expenditure.

Assignment:

Part One
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  2. Decide if you think technology will help or hinder your ability to use time in an advantageous way and add your thoughts to the comment. 
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How HS Football can make a community stronger

The McLewis Bobkittens Orange Texas
My First Football Team #28: The McLewis Bobkittens 1973
Gilpin School has 61 boys attending HS this fall, and if it were up to me, we would suit up all 61 for the 2018 season to defend our new field. Not only do we have a new stadium to play in...the school has also provided us with all the best and safest equipment to protect our players. As a coaching staff, we teach each player how to play with confidence, and we instruct the safest tackling techniques all to avoid injuries.

The sport of HS Football can give so much to young men as they grow up, especially today as we compete with devices for their attention. Football is hard; you will fail, you will fail often. You will learn how to overcome obstacles. You will learn to plan and execute your strategy while becoming a vital member of a team. The real value of HS Football is learning to be part of something bigger than yourself, achieving lofty goals while growing strong in the face of adversity.

I have been proud of the football program that we have built at this small school in the mountains of Colorado. My job as the head coach is to teach more than just football; it is to help these boys develop into young men, ready to take on the world and become respectful, grateful and dynamic members of our society. Our football program has produced two out of the last three valedictorians here at Gilpin, and the list of accomplishments that our boys have gone on to achieve is impressive and will continue.

Football is one of the largest fraternities that anyone can belong to in this great country of ours. I am proud to be a member. You will never meet a football player that's not your brother. This Football Fraternity that all football payers share provides the benefits of membership long after your time on the field as a competitor has come to an end.

I will see you guys on the (new) field of battle this 2018 season.

-Coach Ball

Coach Craig Ball talks about the new Gilpin Football Field and Track

Gilpin County’s new football field and track is a jewel in the mountains

Reprint from CHSAANOW Article:
(Ryan Casey/CHSAANow.com)
Hellas Construction
BLACK HAWK — It’s a jewel cut into the side of a mountain. And come Friday nights this fall, that jewel will be shining bright above the casinos just down the road.
Gilpin County High School is nearing completion of a $1.7 million renovation to its athletic field, which includes a new six-lane track. Included is a set of lights; for the first time, the Eagles will play their home games on a Friday night. Under the lights.
“It’ll light up the whole community,” said Craig Ball, the head football and boys track coach at the high school.
Gilpin County football stadium
Craig Ball. (Ryan Casey/CHSAANow.com)
Gilpin County, which encompasses both Black Hawk and its neighbor Central City, sits just south of Nederland. The county was established in 1861, two years after the discovery of gold in Black Hawk. It was named for William Gilpin, the first territorial governor of Colorado, and is the second-smallest county in terms of area in the state — due to its relatively large population at the time it was formed.
The high school itself was established in 1921, and it was relocated to its current location off Highway 119 in 1978. That same year, a natural grass athletic field was built on the west side of campus, overlooking a lake and mountainous terrain topped by a forest.
But that natural grass did present some challenges, especially at the elevation of 8,954 feet. They’d have to stop watering it by October, and the ground would often freeze under cold temperatures.
“We had a pretty rocky and hard field at the end of the year,” Ball said. “So it was a pretty rough last month of the season. Not too many teams wanted to come play us here. But now I think they will.”
In recent years, Ball helped to spearhead a campaign for a new field and track, citing the hazards created by maintaining a natural grass field at elevation, as well as the overall lack of a flat surface in Gilpin County. He also pointed to the recent growth of the school’s track program, and the fact that that team didn’t have an actual track.
Gilpin County football stadium
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In March 2017, construction started on the new field. Because plans called for a track, everything had to shift 30 yards to the west. That also meant digging out part of the nearby mountainside and using that earth as a way to extend the flat surface. It took the entire summer of 2017 to excavate, and it cost $300,000.
“We had to fill it all in,” Ball said. “There’s just no flat areas up here. It’s either up or down.”
The money came, in large part, from grants via the Colorado Health Foundation and the Allen Green Foundation.
“It’s a nice flat area that we haven’t really had in Gilpin,” Ball said. “This will be something nice for the community to be able to walk and exercise, and that’s part of the Colorado Health Foundation grant. It’s a community health grant.”
Construction on the field itself started in April 2018.
The project left plenty of room for the expected growth of the high school. Gilpin’s enrollment was 102 in October 2015. Last October, it was 123. Ball said the school is adding five to ten students per year.
So even though the Eagles play 8-man football, they built an 11-man field. (The current cutoff for 1A is 150 students.) The field will have separate lines for 8-man, however.
In addition, it is also lined for soccer, even though Gilpin County doesn’t currently have a team.
“And it’s a community-oriented thing, too,” Ball added. “We don’t have soccer as a school, but we could still host a youth game.”
The track, which includes a long jump pit, will also be done this fall, allowing the team to finally host a meet. Shoot, it will also allow them to practice on a real track. Asked where they had practiced in the past, Ball said, simply, “Hallways. Stairs.”
Gilpin County football stadium
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But because of the cold weather, the most realistic chance of hosting a meet will come in May. With the state meet held in mid-to-late May each year, the only meets that month are typically “last chance” meets — events where athletes have one last shot to qualify for state. And an event of that nature at high altitude wouldn’t exactly be a huge draw.
So Ball envisions a type of pre-state meet on their track, hosting athletes from all classifications who have already qualified for state, and want to train at high altitude just prior to the big event. “Come to elevation, and the next week you go to state, and go down,” he said.
The field and track are only the first phase of a larger project at Gilpin County. The next steps include raised bleachers where the mountainside was dug out, and a press box looming above. (Right now, teams film from the aspen grove 30 feet above the field.)
Also included: a two-level fieldhouse, complete with a wrestling room and concession stand. The current wrestling room is in a log cabin that overlooks the field.
The new state-of-the art field will also provide much more cushion than the previous natural grass turf.
“With our other field, when you’re talking about a health concern, later in the season, when you couldn’t water — both middle school and high school had to practice on it,” Ball said. “We don’t have this other spot you can go. You go to West Grand, and they have three other fields. Most places have practice fields. We have to excavate to even get one. We just don’t have that kind of stuff. It would really get worn down. So the amount of injuries we can save just from practice is going to be huge for us.”
Completion is mere weeks away now, and the final details that are coming together. The school’s shield “G” logo — designed by Ball years ago — is centered on the field, and the elevation is proudly displayed along each sideline. (Gilpin’s new turf field will be among the highest in the nation.)
The facility will get its first real use when football practice begins on Aug. 6. It’ll be home to a team which just completed its fourth-straight winning season, and made the playoffs.
The first game is Aug. 24 against Caliche, on a Friday night. Under the lights.
The new field, and the view it reveals, is breathtaking. On a quiet summer morning, a soft wind winds through the trees. Birds can be heard overhead. The lake behind sits still.
“Isn’t it something?” Ball wondered aloud.
Coach Craig Ball
A comparison of the Gilpin County football field in 2017 and 2018. (Craig Ball/Gilpin County HS)
Gilpin County football stadium
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Gilpin County football stadium
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Gilpin County football stadium
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Gilpin County football stadium
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Gilpin County football stadium
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Gilpin County football stadium
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Gilpin County football stadium
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Gilpin County football stadium
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Gilpin County football stadium
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Gilpin County football stadium
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Gilpin County football stadium
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Gilpin County football stadium
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Gilpin County football stadium
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Gilpin County football stadium Coach Craig Ball
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Gilpin County football stadium
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Gilpin County football stadium
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Coach Craig Ball Gilpin Football
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Gilpin Football Filed Logo Installation and 5 Year Journey

This is getting real. I designed this "G" Shield Logo for our helmets 5 years ago when I accepted the head coaching job at #Gilpin County. Watching our Shield proliferate throughout the school, and now to see it on the new field is incredible. #football #coaching #bigtime #lucky

This is getting real. I designed this "G" Shield Logo for our helmets 5 years ago when I accepted the head coaching job at #Gilpin County. Watching our Shield proliferate throughout the school, and now to see it on the new field is incredible. #football #coaching #bigtime #lucky
Twitter Post about the Gilpin Football Field July 2018

Follow Coach Ball on Twitter: @spinwit

Coaching to win the Championship of Life: The Coach George Raveling Mindset

I had great coaches growing up and they gave me so much of my real-world references about life and what it means to be a man. It was a real treat to listen to the mindset of Coach George Ravelin in his interview on the Jordan Harbinger Show Podcast. I've used this blog post to recap some of the gems that I pulled from the podcast with Coach Raveling.

Coach Ravelin is 80 years old, or how I like to say, he is on level 80, and his positive attitude towards change and the future is remarkable for a coach at his level.  Coach is a fascinating person to get to know...even if it is only through this interview.

Don't always follow the crowd
Considered yourself a contrarian. I've always liked to go a different way...when others go one way...I usually go the other. 

Thinking a bit differently is a form of disruption
Take the roads off the highways of life. This mindset opens up additional opportunities. As we move into this new time in history...many times the disruptive action is what takes hold and moves things forward. The best place to start a disruption is with yourself.

What it takes to be a good coach
Coaching is based on Trust. There are two necessary requirements in any high-level coaching relationship...Trust and Respect. To communicate effectively, you need to be both a good listener and a clear communicator. What sets a good coach apart is becoming an active listener. 

Building young people
Have a broader approach to working with players, the relationship has to be more than just about basketball or football. If you send me boy...my goal is to always return him as a man. It's not just about winning and losing, it's the growth of a person that generates the most value. 

Add life lessons
Just like my HS Coach, Coach Peveto, I always spend the first 5 minutes before each practice talking about something that does not directly translate to football. This bit of time gives an opportunity to impart lessons that can help each player grow as a person...not just as a player. The Goal: The help the young person integrate into society and become a responsible adult. 

Know your real value
As an adult, don't think of yourself as being smarter than young people, look for your real value. Your value is that you know where many of the pot-holes in life can be found, and you should use that knowledge and experience to help those around you avoid those pot-holes when possible. 

See the future and provide a path
One of the most important lessons that should be taught to young people is placing a high value on their education. Learn that making money is the relatively easy part...keeping it and multiplying it is the more difficult part. Adults should embrace the opportunities we have to give young people a balanced perspective about the future and show them a clear way to participate in that future. 

Be grateful and give back
I have had so many people help me along the way, and as you move up in age, you realize that you have had your chance to make it to the mountaintop. At some point, it can't still be all about yourself. You must understand that your success is due to the many people around you as you grew and developed, and coaching/mentoring is a way to give back to those around you. 

Learn to avoid problems
Nothing in life is of any value unless it can be shared with others. Try to be a servant leader. It might be good to listen to me because I can help you prevent the problems...because I know where they show up and I know how to avoid them. It has always been important to learn to overcome adversity, however, at times it is much more useful to learn how to avoid obstacles when we can. (It is much better to learn ball security than learning to be the best at recovering a fumbled football)

Give them room to grow
You don't really choose those that you mentor... in more cases they choose you. Stop using the term "Intern" when helping young people. The term intern puts too many labels and fences up around them. Give them the freedom to grow in their own space.

The great ones are driven
My observation about many of the people that have had success around me is their unusual capacity to want to excel, their ability to work hard towards their goals and their extream discipline. They are all hyper-competitive. 

Great relationships are built
There are three fundamental responsibilities as a coach: You coach behavior, you coach attitude, you coach performance. If you can manage behavior, attitude and teach performance you are going to have a great relationship with your players. When coaching great players you sometimes have to throw the rules to the wind or make them up along the way.

Decisions and Choices
The most difficult decisions are made by the most courageous leaders. Your choices can be critiqued in the future, but you must make the best decision at the time with the available information and using situational awareness. Sometimes you will be forced to make choices without knowing everything, or you are not given enough time. Do the best you can and adjust along the path.

Make your day
Every morning give yourself only two options as you get ready for the day. The two options: You can be happy or you can be very happy. There are no other choices as you move to plan your day. When planning your day, it really evolves around only four actions. 1) Energy Management 2) Time Management 3) Environmental Management and 4) Productivity. Productivity is the byproduct of the first three. Each day has scheduled in it an hour of "think" time...having constructive conversations with yourself. This constructive conversation is often the most important conversation that you can have during the day. At the end of the day ask yourself the fundamental question...What did I do today to make myself and those around me better?

Happiness Scale
Don't spend a lot of your time trying to figure out how to be happy...you should just be happy in your life as the default. You should always be happy...just some days you are happier than others. Learn to understand how much control you have over your life. It sometimes just takes courage to take our lives back from society. Remove the labels and fences that people put around you. 

Control your life
There are two universes, the universe called "me" and the universe called the "world." Once you decided not to buy what others want you to buy, stop eating what others want you to eat and stop going to places you don't want to go...you start to find out just how much control you have over your life and what direction you are heading. 

Look to the future
As you get older, try to figure out what it is that you don't know but need to know so that you can stay relevant in this ever-changing world. Trying to learn about the future is a necessity nowadays and reading and learning about what kind of skill sets that will be of value in the future is paramount to staying on a growth path as things change around you. There will be change...you either create your way, or someone else will create it for you. Do you have your hands on the steering wheel of your life?

Make things better
The three most powerful questions that you can ask yourself in this journey through life are: 1) Who am I? 2) Why am I on this earth? and 3) What can I contribute? I wish that I would have learned this earlier on in life...I would have spent much less on clothes and collectibles...you know the things that other people think are important. It's really about your lasting legacy. Did I spend my life trying to help other people become better?

Surround yourself with young people
One of the ways to stay relevant is to surround yourself with younger people. You will never see me mostly hanging around people my own age. If you spend time with people your own age...you are going to be residing in the past. The people who understand where the world is going are the young people around us. Young people can become an older person's best mentors right now. Often times the young person thinks that I am mentoring them when in reality we are mentoring each other. There is a certain naivete to them, and they think they know a heck of a lot more than they do...but listen to them because when it comes to the future, they are mostly right. One of the best ways to work with young people is to ask them their opinions and respect their opinions. You don't have to agree with their views...it is just a good way to find a new perspective on something...making you say to yourself, I didn't think about that before. I'm not into everything that entertains them nowadays...but I am a big fan of their intellect. 

Move toward fulfillment
Reinvent yourself every ten years or so with 5-year reevaluations. Society dictates change around you, so you need a plan for your future...living your life strategically. People often times spend more time planning a vacation than they do their future. Those that plan their personal lives strategically have a huge advantage over others that just live. You should want to live a life of fulfillment. 

The marriage between the human and the machine
I am currently working on being enlightened when it comes to moving towards the future, and I'm concentrating right now on the role that Artificial Intelligence (AI) will play as we plan and react to the future. There is going to have to be a marriage between the human and the machine. Trying to answer the question: How are the human and the machine going to work together in a collaborative manner to create a better society? You have to try to keep up or the minute that you say I'm done learning new things...you will become irrelevant. There is so much more to learn. I like to think that every day is an exciting journey with positive growth. 

Stay motivated
I want to do things that energize me while asking myself all day long...Why, Why Why. Then try to find out that answer so to live an invigorating life. Spend zero time trying to meet other peoples expectations. 

Some basic respect
I was raised to believe that life is not about money...life is about the positive experiences that you create around yourself. One of the most positive things that I was taught as a young person was using "Yes Sir and No Sir...Yes Ma'am and No Ma'am". People don't say these things anymore, and it really sets you apart in today's world. Long before the women's rights movement, I was taught to stand up for women, open doors for women, and never start eating at a meal until the women had begun. I was brought up to respect women and that there was a proper way to treat them. 

Parting thought 
We live in the greatest time this world has ever known. Every day is replete with insurmountable opportunity for personal growth. Opportunities are everywhere, we just need to reach out and embrace them...make them part of our lives.

Listen to the Podcast with Coach George Raveling

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