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    IHSAA Student-Athlete Tip of the Week
    May 01, 2017
    IHSAA Student-Athlete Tip of the Week (5-29-17)
    "Promoting education based athletics in Indiana"
    The end of the school year is here. It's hard to believe how fast it goes by. Each year at this time I talk about the importance of summer work-outs.
    Believe it or not, summer break is a time for hard work and also a time for rest and relaxation. I've heard it for years, and have been expressing it forever, but athletes are made during the summer (off-season).
    While it's very important that you take time away from your sport, it's also very important that you are committed and work hard on the fundamentals that will make you a better athlete next school year. Summer time allows you the flexibility to do so.
    Whether or not you have a summer job, or take a class during summer school, there is no excuse not to re-dedicate yourself to the sports you play. Just remember, those who work the hardest this summer will most likely improve the most!

    IHSAA Student-Athlete Tip of the Week (5-22-17)
    "Promoting education based athletics in Indiana"

    Every high school student-athlete faces challenges--in the classroom, in their sport, and even at home. It seems like there is always an obstacle to overcome.

    Research is clear that it really does pay to be positive during difficult times. The benefits include enhanced health and longevity, happiness, career advancement, and athletic performance.

    Writer Jon Gordon says that "positive people who regularly express positive emotions are more resilient when facing stress, challenges and adversity."

    How can you become a more positive person? Tasting success in the classroom and on the athletic field will help, but should not be the determining factor. Try and make each day positive not only for you, but for someone else, as well!

    IHSAA Student-Athlete Tip of the Week (5-15-17)
    "Promoting education based athletics in Indiana"

    As a big sports fan, there's nothing more gratifying than watching an athlete that plays with enthusiasm and high energy. No showboating, not trying to show up an opponent or teammate, but just pure enthusiasm.
    This weekend when we dropped off our nine year old grandson and parked our car, he was so excited for his baseball game. He ran to the diamond, he was the first player on the field each inning, and he even ran back to the dugout after striking out in his third at bat. In other words, he was having fun and enjoying the moment.
    I know as you get older and games get more competitive and mean more, it's easy to lose sight of the importance of having fun. However, there's not a fan or coach anywhere that doesn't respect and admire an athlete that is enthusiastic. Don't ever lose sight of how your enthusiasm can have a positive effect in everything you do and say!

    IHSAA Student-Athlete Tip of the Week (5-8-17)
    "Promoting education based athletics in Indiana"

    Are you looking forward to the end of the school year? Are you still applying yourself in the classroom? Are your grades where they need to be? Are you making excuses for any shortcomings or failures?

    This is the time of year where it's very easy to lose concentration on your academic and athletic prowess. In fact, the following statement from an NBA coach really applies to this last month of school, especially if you are struggling, somewhat.

    "You have a choice. You can give in, you can give up, or you can give it your all." Make the most of this last month of school. Give it your best. While this quote was spoken in a locker room, it applies as well to the student-athlete putting the final touches on the end of another school year.

    Give it your all!

    IHSAA Student-Athlete Tip of the Week (5-1-17)
    "Promoting education based athletics in Indiana"

    "Your next opponent doesn't care about last week's victory" was a quote I read recently that makes so much sense. It is so true. In athletics, yesterday doesn't matter near as much as tomorrow does.
    Are you able to move on after a sweet win? What about a tough loss? Does it hang with you or are you able to brush it off after a couple of days?
    It has been said that the best athletes have short term memory. They don't dwell on wins or losses or personal performance. Instead, they concentrate on improvement and trying to get better every day.
    There is no doubt that a well-earned victory can be satisfying and self-serving, but in most cases it is forgotten about shortly. Successful players and coaches are always looking to the future and use the past as a gauge on how to make that successful!

    IHSAA Student-Athlete Tip of the Week (4-24-17)
    "Promoting education based athletics in Indiana"

    Zak Keefer of the Indy Star wrote about NFL legend Peyton Manning and how he spent part of his off season every summer working on basic fundamentals with his brother Eli, under his former college quarterback coach.

    Peyton was quoted as saying "Don't think you ever got it all figured out, because the little things matter. And if you ever think the little things don't matter, and you can brush those aside, I promise you in whatever you are doing, your game's going to slip."

    So the next time you spend a big part of your practice working on fundamentals, or your coach encourages you to do so in the off season, recognize the importance. Manning did so for his entire career!


    IHSAA Student-Athlete Tip of the Week (4-17-17)
    "Promoting education based athletics in Indiana"
    Have you ever had a coach make the comment to you or a teammate by saying the words "you are thinking too much"? If so, what would those words mean to you? It more than likely means that you are "overthinking" or not playing by natural instincts.
    Sports are played best by those who think less and play naturally. In other words, a baseball or softball player might overthink their time at bat by waiting for a perfect pitch. Regardless of the sport, there is always a scenario where "overthinking" is a detriment, rather than a plus.
    Try to relax in those stressful situations and rely on those natural instincts.  Focus on your role, your training and how your coach has instructed you. If you block out all other distractions, you will be free to play to your best ability and do what comes naturally!
    IHSAA Student-Athlete Tip of the Week (4-10-17)
    "Promoting education based athletics in Indiana"
    High school athletes play sports for a variety of reasons. I would say very few participate to achieve fame and fortune. In fact, I would venture to say that you might feel uncomfortable if stardom came your way.
    The World Series champion and National League MVP would be right there with you. This young, successful baseball phenom cares about his image and what he can do to make others feel comfortable around him.
    Whether you are Kris Bryant the MVP or the local player at your high school, there is no greater trait than humility. Kris recently said in Sports Illustrated that he wants people in public to see his personality, that he's a nice guy, and it's good karma that comes back to you. Treat people with kindness and it all comes back to you.
    When success comes your way it is OK to revel in the moment, but don't forget the image that Kris Bryant portrays. Those around you will be glad you did!
    IHSAA Student-Athlete Tip of the Week (3-27-17)
    "Promoting education based athletics in Indiana"
    What do the words "body language" mean to you? Do you get excited easily or are you even-tempered while playing your sport? How do you manage your emotions, in good situations and bad?
    Your coach and the average fan will form an opinion of you by your actions during tense and trying moments. How do you react on a negative play? Do you shrug your shoulders and put the blame on others? What's your reaction when you make a good play? How do you react when your coach takes you out of the game for making a mistake?
    Never under estimate the importance of keeping your emotions in check and not letting others know how you are feeling inside. Those with good "body language" will always appear to be confident and in control of any situation!
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