I'm watching the 2008 Masters golf championship and just saw something remarkable. Amateur Michael Thompson from Alabama was over his ball getting ready to putt, when he backed off and told an official that his ball had moved. In essence calling a penalty on himself. I never saw it. They had to show a slow motion replay to prove that the ball had indeed moved about a half an inch.
Now name me another sport where players call penalties on themselves. It's the beauty of golf, but it's also the integrity of the man.
Realize this. Michael Thompson, as an amateur, had qualified to play in one of the biggest golf tournaments in the world. He was right there on the edge of the cut line, in other words, the score needed to qualify for the final two round of the tournament.
Calling a penalty on himself cost him a stroke and put him over the edge, but it didn't matter. He walked off the green to the awe inspired applause of the gallery and the praise of the TV commentators who said that his action will leave an indelible impression on the tournament.
Somewhere along the way, someone taught Michael that even the game of golf reflects life. There's no substitute for honesty and integrity.
If you're a coach. you have the privilege of "Coaching for Life", not just for the game.