Unless there was an emergency, I was on time to every game and practice. By emergency, I mean something like a car accident.
I may not get this one quite right, but it goes something like this "clean under your own doorstep before cleaning under others." In other words, if you're going to criticize, look at yourself first.
I don't ever remember my parents yelling at an umpire, referee or official. I do remember them making a point that the parents who did were wrong in doing so.
Successful people are self-disciplined. Do what's right because it's right. Don't do something wrong just because you won't get caught. It's still wrong.
Admit when you're wrong.
Treat people right. I grew up in the baby-boom era and my neighborhood was full of kids. This message was reinforced in every house on the block.
The feeling you get from doing a good deed is reward enough. So, do good when you can, without expecting anything in return.
If you cause someone pain, either physically or emotionally, you apologize and do everything in your power to resolve the situation. And, you shouldn't make the same mistake again.
Hard work pays off. My Dad was a Safeway store manager and sixty hour work weeks were pretty normal. He'd cut back to thirty or forty hours if it was his vacation week (unless we could get him to go somewhere for vacation).
Success isn't based on WHAT a person does. People with similar jobs do similar tasks. Success comes from HOW you do those tasks and the standards you expect from yourself and others around you.