Lowering the Bar is common practice now - Learn to elevate your game instead

Learn to elevate. Don't accept that those around you are forcing the bar to be lowered. 

California is trying to lower the minimum scores needed to pass the bar exam because many can't pass the exam anymore.

The standards have been lowered for college entry, teaching, law enforcement and lending...the list of lowered standards is really quite endless.

Why is this happening? I think a general lack of accountability is to blame.

As coaches and teachers...we must resist this trend of lowered standards and start using our leadership roles to build up our players and students. Helping those around us to achieve success by lowering the bar is really the problem.

I think that the great baseball coach John Scolinos has a great way to illustrate this trend. Here is a summary of what he talked about at a convention of coaches before his death at 91 years of age. You should read the article here to get the Coach's thoughts on widening home plate in baseball.
Scolinos says that we don't teach accountability to our kids, and there are no consequences for failing to meet standards. "If I am lucky, you will remember one thing from this old coach today. It is this: If we fail to hold ourselves to a higher standard, a standard of what we know to be right, if we fail to hold our spouses and our children to the same standards, if we are unwilling or unable to provide a consequence when they do not meet the standard and if our schools and churches and our government fail to hold themselves accountable to those they serve, there is but one thing to look forward to...dark days."
As coaches and teachers...we must go out and fix this trend by holding those around us to a higher standard. When you elevate your game nowadays...you really do set yourself apart from those around you. It is a surefire way to get noticed in today's world.

Classroom Quote:
You know what makes me sick to my stomach? When I hear grown people say that kids have changed. Kids haven’t changed. Kids don’t know anything about anything. We’ve changed as adults. We demand less of kids. We expect less of kids. We make their lives easier instead of preparing them for what life is truly about. We’re the ones that have changed. To blame kids is a cop-out.
-Frank Martin, South Carolina Head Basketball Coach
Comment: How do you set yourself apart from those around you?

Coach Craig Ball - As coaches and teachers...we must go out and fix this trend by holding those around us to a higher standard. When you elevate your game nowadays...you really do set yourself apart from those around you. It is a surefire way to get noticed in today's world.

Comments

  1. I set apart from other people by not hanging out with people that drag me down. WIthout these people you don't get negative thoughts or actions.

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  2. Whelp for the first part my hair is different from everyone and I take some pride in that because I like to be different. I try to do things differently from my my family mainly. I ski while they snowboard. Also I listen to different music than them. I do this to show everyone that I am different and have my own way of thinking.

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  3. I tend to act a little more crazy and excited than everyone else.

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  4. I set myself apart from others by just being myself. Thats enough to seperate me from the norms of society, being the weirdo lone wolf,emo I am. *dabs* I'm also an unironic meme lord.

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  5. I dress fresh to death.

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  6. By setting myself apart from each other, I am open to changes in my life and I'm always switching things up.

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  7. By setting myself apart and doing things the way I want to, I act more like myself and not like the people around me.

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  8. One thing I do to set myself apart from everyone else is by, not hanging out with the big crowds. I feel more comfortable and happy this way.

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  9. I set my self from other people by not following the crowd and doing something because someone else does it.

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  10. I just live my life day by day whether I'm apart from them or not. I literally make no effort.

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  11. I set myself from others by trying not to do stuff they are are doing and try to avoid peer presure

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  12. I set myself apart by trying not to be a sheep and give in to peer pressure.

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  13. I set myself from others by being my own person and making my own decisions.

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  14. I set myself apart from other people around me by making own choices.

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  15. I set myself apart from other people around me by making my own choices for my life.

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  16. I set myself apart from others by thinking beyond

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  17. I pick my path not follow others

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  18. I set myself apart from other people when i live half of the year in a different country and work in a different country for a different chance than others will never have.

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  19. I set myself apart of when I go hunting in the middle of the school year so I have to get used to having homework.

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  20. I set myself apart from the people around me by making good choices.

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  21. I set myself apart from other people around me by just being myself and being with the people that are positive around me

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  22. I set myself apart by Leaving the ones who give me challenges and being myself! and give it all i got!

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  23. I can make decisions for myself and I can think for myself.

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  24. I set myself apart by others by doing what I want and how I know how to do it.

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  25. By not getting use to changes.

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  26. I set myself apart from other people around me by actually trying to do things as well as I can and not caring what others think about me.

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  27. I set myself apart by getting away from people that will bring me down and get me to not do work

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  28. I set myself apart from other people by staying as positive as I can and not worrying about what other people thing.

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  29. I stay apart from others to make sure I'm doing everything correctly and to stay on track.

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  30. I set myself apart by being myself and not act like other people.

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  31. I act try to not be the same as everyone else.

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    1. That was a typo: I try to be different from everyone else.

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