Modeled after the Golden Rule, the Rough Riders have selected 12 prominent principles entwined within the Rough Riders Youth Player Development Program.
The 12 principle values represent 11 players on the field. The number 12 references both Rough Riders coaches and parents working 12 months of the year together to allow players the opportunity achieve their goals in the beautiful game.
These 12 principle values are accompanied by Teddy’s Roosevelt notable quotes during his illustrious lifetime.
“Far better is it to dare mighty things, to win glorious triumphs, even though checkered by failure… than to rank with those poor spirits who neither enjoy nor suffer much, because they live in a gray twilight that knows not victory nor defeat.” Theodore Roosevelt
“I care not what others think of what I do, but I care very much about what I think of what I do! That is character!”
“Competition has been shown to be useful up to a certain point and no further, but cooperation, which is the thing we must strive for today, begins where competition leaves off.”
“It is only through labor and painful effort, by grim energy and resolute courage that we move on to better things.”
“It is hard to fail, but it is worse never to have tried to succeed.”
“With self-discipline most anything is possible.”
“Do what you can, with what you have, where you are.”
7. HARD WORK
“Never throughout history has a man who lived a life of ease left a name worth remembering.”
“Nobody cares how much you know, until they know how much you care.”
“Far better it is to dare mighty things, to win glorious triumphs, even though checkered by failure…”
“Above all, let us, as we value our own self-respect, face the responsibilities with proper seriousness, courage, and high resolve.”
“Knowing what’s right doesn’t mean much unless you do what’s right.”
“The most important single ingredient in the formula of success is knowing how to get along with people.”