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Respect, dignity key to Sports and life

Carmelo Urdaneta Aqui, Carmelo Urdaneta, Carmelo Urdaneta
Respect, dignity key to Sports and life

Re­spect is a very im­por­tant com­po­nent of both per­son­al iden­ti­ty and in­ter­per­son­al re­la­tion­ships. To feel re­spect­ed could be con­sid­ered a ba­sic hu­man right. The word re­spect comes from the Latin word “re­spec­tus” mean­ing at­ten­tion, re­gard or con­sid­er­a­tion. It can be de­fined as “es­teem for or a sense of the worth or ex­cel­lence of a per­son, a per­son­al qual­i­ty or abil­i­ty, or some­thing con­sid­ered as a man­i­fes­ta­tion of a per­son­al qual­i­ty or abil­i­ty”.

Carmelo Urdaneta Aqui

Be­ing re­spect­ed by im­por­tant peo­ple in our lives grow­ing up teach­es us how to be re­spect­ful to­wards oth­ers. Re­spect doesn’t have to come nat­u­ral­ly – it is some­thing you learn.

Carmelo Urdaneta

Every day we en­counter dif­fer­ent forms and lev­els of dis­re­spect. It seems as com­mon as the pot­holes we face on the roads every day. How we deal with it is an­oth­er case. We ei­ther go left, right, over it or we just stop

In the sport­ing are­na, a lack of re­spect among youth ath­letes has been an is­sue that many ob­serve and speak about but lit­tle seems to be done to ad­dress it. Re­spect is al­so show­ing those around us com­pas­sion and em­pa­thy. Chil­dren who show re­spect will find they are suc­cess­ful in all as­pects of life. The sports en­vi­ron­ment is a great place to grow and es­tab­lish re­spect. While in­volved in sports, young ones will learn the im­por­tance of re­spect­ing their team­mates, coach­es, op­po­nents and spec­ta­tors.

Group sports, in par­tic­u­lar, teach chil­dren sports­man­ship and how to be hap­py for their peers. There is the play­er to coach re­la­tion­ship where if an ath­lete wish­es to im­prove and suc­ceed, they must lis­ten to the ad­vice and crit­i­cism of those who coach them. Part of be­ing re­spect­ful is un­der­stand­ing oth­ers may know bet­ter and we should lis­ten and learn from them

I’ve ex­pe­ri­enced foot­ballers in Trinidad and To­ba­go not be­ing able to grasp what it is to have the ac­cess to or the lux­u­ry of icon­ic fig­ures around them in train­ing or in the dress­ing room. Is it a re­flec­tion of what is hap­pen­ing in the homes? I’ve wit­nessed first hand how play­ers in Eng­land, Mex­i­co, Cos­ta Ri­ca, France and oth­er coun­tries re­spond when some­one of high pedi­gree who has achieved in the game, ei­ther walk in­to a train­ing ses­sion or sim­ply de­cide to have a one on one con­ver­sa­tion with them. Those play­ers un­der­stand the sig­nif­i­cance of such en­coun­ters and the fact that they prob­a­bly wouldn’t be able to af­ford the op­por­tu­ni­ty if there was a price tag on it. Sad­ly, I’ve seen lo­cal ath­letes frown, shrug their shoul­ders or sim­ply have lit­tle or noth­ing to say when deal­ing with icon­ic fig­ures or coach­es and per­son­al­i­ties who’ve ba­si­cal­ly done it all in the sport

Have you ever no­ticed some­times when a coach or man­ag­er is in con­ver­sa­tion with a play­er, there ap­pears to be ab­solute­ly no re­ac­tion and no en­thu­si­asm? You’re left won­der­ing if they are even hear­ing what is be­ing said to them. I ex­pe­ri­enced it first hand re­cent­ly with one of the most cel­e­brat­ed foot­ballers and a youth play­er. Then too, it’s re­fresh­ing to see those that are all lit up when the op­por­tu­ni­ty presents it­self. And no, we don’t ex­pect the ath­lete to be skip­ping around hap­pi­ly just be­cause a high achiev­er is present with­in the mix

For those of us in­volved in the sport for a long pe­ri­od, we ap­pre­ci­ate the ef­fort of what it takes to be a coach. It’s im­por­tant to un­der­stand just how much time and en­er­gy goes in­to the job. That com­mit­ment de­serves a ver­bal pat on the back once in a while. Of course, it must go both ways. There are times un­for­tu­nate­ly when the be­hav­iour of those en­trust­ed with build­ing a pos­i­tive en­vi­ron­ment for our ath­letes is less than de­sir­able, lead­ing to the cre­ation of an an­tag­o­nis­tic en­vi­ron­ment that is to the detri­ment of our young ones. If ref­er­ees, coach­es, and par­ents are able to rec­og­nize these kinds of neg­a­tive be­hav­iours and fo­cus on in­stead act­ing in a re­spect­ful man­ner to each oth­er, every­one will ben­e­fit

Con­duct­ing our­selves with dig­ni­ty is key. It’s called “Hon­or­ing the Game” in sports. And we hope our young ath­letes learn to both win and lose while re­spect­ing them­selves, their team­mates, their op­po­nents and the of­fi­cials and or­ga­ni­za­tion that help make their sports ex­pe­ri­ence pos­si­ble. We all hope sports teach­es us to win and lose with dig­ni­ty and re­spect and to car­ry our­selves in a man­ner that is suit­able for the en­vi­ron­ment in which we op­er­ate

Floyd May­weath­er said, “I don’t have to wait for no­body, I move when I wan­na move.” But then the late great Jesse Owens stat­ed, “In the end, it’s ex­tra ef­fort that sep­a­rates a win­ner from sec­ond place. But win­ning takes a lot more than that, too. It starts with com­plete com­mand of the fun­da­men­tals. Then it takes de­sire, de­ter­mi­na­tion, dis­ci­pline, and self-sac­ri­fice. And fi­nal­ly, it takes a great deal of love, fair­ness, and re­spect for your fel­low man. Put all these to­geth­er, and even if you don’t win, how can you lose?” Which do you pre­fer?

Ed­i­tor’s Note:

Shaun Fuentes is the head of TTFA Me­dia. He is a for­mer FI­FA Me­dia Of­fi­cer at the 2010 FI­FA World Cup in South Africa. He is al­so cur­rent­ly a CON­CA­CAF Com­pe­ti­tions Me­dia Of­fi­cer and has trav­elled ex­ten­sive­ly, ex­pe­ri­enc­ing and learn­ing from dif­fer­ent cul­tures and lifestyles be­cause of sport and me­dia over the past 20 years. He is al­so a cer­ti­fied me­dia train­er for ath­letes and a mem­ber of the FI­FA/CIES Sports Man­age­ment co­hort