The Importance of Second Chances

The Importance of Second Chances

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Typically when an athlete screws up, makes a mistake or shows a lapse in character, everybody wants to condemn him or her. They eagerly express their opinions on social media, talk shows or at social gatherings.  They want the young person kicked off the team. They are willing to judge and condemn without knowing all the facts nor interviewing the person involved.

Coach Nick Saban openly discusses this phenomenon in the following clip. He openly asks the media if these young kids should be kicked off the team and thrown back to the streets or should they be given another chance. Coach Saban then provides a powerful example of when he gave a player a second chance and he excelled in life.

Joe’s Perspective:  For most of my life, I was one of those individuals that Coach Saban complains about in this video. I was quick to judge and condemn. “Throw the kid off the team,” I would say. “Someone has to teach him a lesson.” Sometimes that viewpoint was warranted. Sometimes the mistake that was committed was so egregious that it didn’t warrant a second chance. However, most times it was an immaturity issue or a poor lapse in judgment. Today I find myself agreeing with Coach Saban’s comments in this video. We all screw up. I have screwed up. You will screw up. I trust that the coach will gather all the information and decide what is best for the kid and the school. I also believe that if I don’t have all the information that it is okay for me to say, “Not sure what should happen here. I don’t have all the information. Let’s see how it comes out.”  This is especially true when talking about high school and college athletes. For the most part, I believe in second chances. What say you?

Your Turn: Do you believe high school and college athletes should receive second chances? Is there a line where second chances no longer apply?

 

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  1. I think that second chances can be given with certain circumstances. It depends on how bad the mistake was. Also, everyone makes mistakes so you have to show grace to the athletes.

  2. I think that everyone should be given a second chance. I think that even if they did something bad they always have the room to improve and get better.

  3. I think that everyone should be given a second chance. I think that even if they did something bad they always have the room to improve and get better. I think that some circumstances should be at least talked about and given a chance and not to just give it to them and not talk about it

  4. I do believe that everyone should get a second chance, but also I think it is good to give them the idea that if they mess up again there will be major consequences or not so major consequences depending on the situation, because that will make them work harder and make up for their mistake.

  5. I think everyone deserves a second chance, but I also think that it is good to put the idea of a consequence if they do it again so they think before they do things and work hard to not do it again.

  6. I feel that you should get a chance to prove why you deserve a second chance I don’t think you should shut be given a second chance.

  7. Yes I believe high Slschool and college athletes should get a second chance if they make a mistake or get in trouble. Yes there is a line if they do something really bad. It depends on what they did.

  8. I think everyone should get second chances. This would be beneficial for everyone and the team. But if it’s really bad then I don’t think the should get another chance.

  9. Second chances should be given whenever it is a minor inconvenience. Everyone makes mistakes so under most circumstances second chances should be given.

  10. I think everyone deserves a second chance when logical. Everyone messes up and makes mistakes but that doesn’t define them.

  11. I feel that everyone should receive a second chance. No one is perfect, but it also can depend on how bad the situation is.

  12. I think that a second chance is only given when they deserve one. If they really hurt you then a second chance maybe isn’t a good idea.

  13. I think that a second chance is only given when they deserve one. If they really hurt you then a second chance maybe isn’t a good idea. But if they deserve one then give them one.

  14. I think everyone that hasn’t had a second chance deserves a second chance. If someone ask for a second chance and this is like their 6th time doing it they don’t deserve it. But everyone deserves to prove themselves one more time.

  15. I think everyone should get at least one second chance especially when it comes to sports! Nobody is going to do everything right all the time and nobody should be judged for making a mistake that was bound to happen at some point or sometime!

  16. I would say that they should get a second chances depending on the savarity of what they did and if they are worth a second shot

  17. I think that everyone makes mistakes. Especially young people, so they should be given a second chance as long as it wasn’t anything major. Obviously not everything can be forgiven but I think most of the time it can. People can use that experience and learn from it and be better.

  18. I absolutely believe that athaletes deserve a second chance sometimes. like they said in the blog, we all screw up sometimes. it’s just a matter of how you handle yourself after.

  19. I think everyone should get second chances, everyone messes up in life and everyone’s not perfect, but it depends on how bad the situation is.

  20. I think everyone should get second chances, everyone messes up in life and everyone’s not perfect, but it depends on how bad the situation is if they should get a second chance.

  21. i really believe in second chances. I think everyone does bad things occasionally and should be forgiven and get the opportunity to learn from it.

  22. I definitely think that athletes and people and general deserve second chances, I do also believe that there is a line as to where we should stop giving chances. Definitely after the second chance i would stop.

  23. Think that second chance it should be given. There’s a way to give a second chance and a lesson without being kicked off the team. I seem to make mistakes just like everybody else I don’t think that their entire career and everything they worked for should be thrown away because of one thing they did.

  24. There’s a way to give a second chance and a lesson without being kicked off the team. I seem to make mistakes just like everybody else I don’t think that their entire career and everything they worked for should be thrown away because of one thing they did.

  25. There’s a way to give a second chance and a lesson without being kicked off the team. Athletes should be able to get a second try.

  26. I believe that they deserve to have a second chance as long as they don’t continue to make the same mistake over and over again.

  27. I think everyone deserves a secound chance depending on what happens, nobody should be based off one thing, they should be based off how they react and respond to the mess up.

  28. I think everyone deserves a second chance to an extent. I think if they get in trouble like doing something extremely bad then sure maybe talk with them depending on how bad maybe even a suspension. But if it’s just a small attitude or small problem give them a chance to explain why.

  29. I think everyone deserves a second chance but there has to be a line drawn at some point. I feel like if a coach has to give you more than on chance you should be punished in some way for it.

  30. Everyone deserves a second chance but there has to be a line drawn at some point. I feel like if a coach has to give you more than on chance you should be punished in some way for it.

  31. I think that everyone deserves a second chance for the most part but if the situation was bad then they don’t. Without some second chances I wouldn’t be where I am now.

  32. I believe they should have a second chance sometimes people make mistakes a learn from it the first time! There also is a line it just depends on what the athlete did or didn’t do.

  33. High school and college school athletes should receive second chances because if they mess up on a play then they should have someone teach them the right way and there is a line where second chances should not be given.

  34. I do believe that people deserve second chances you could have just had a bad game but it can get to a point we’re it’s to much and you should be aloud to come back

  35. I think yes but depends on what theu did in the first place, say you grt caught drinking or doing drugs when are suppose to ypu should not get a 2nd chance