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Posted on: Sep 16, 2019

IHSAA Student-Athlete Tip of the Week (9-16-19)

"Promoting education based athletics in Indiana"

Former NBA All-Star Jayson Williams played in the league for over ten years, but his career was cut short because of bad decision making. In fact, in 2010 Williams pled guilty to assault in the accidental shooting death of a limousine driver and served a 27 month prison sentence.

Williams appeared this week on a television talk show, where it was evident that he was sorry for his past and was focusing on the present. He even offered up some great advice for young people, whether you are an athlete or not.

Two things caught my attention. He stated that "bad company can corrupt good company" and then stated if "you show me your friends, I will show you your future."

While Williams refused to blame his substance abuse and issues on others, he did come to the realization that he should have chosen better friends and role models throughout his high school and college days.

Are you in bad company? Are you making your own choices or going along with the crowd? Doing the right thing should always be first on your mind. Doing the wrong thing can lead you down a path of destruction!

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Posted on: Sep 9, 2019

IHSAA Student-Athlete Tip of the Week (9-9-19)

"Promoting education based athletics in Indiana"

 "When the going gets tough, the tough get going."  I know, it sounds a little corny, but I had a former coach who said that to me a thousand times through my high school years.

In looking back, it did me a lot more good than I realized.  It has stuck with me, it has influenced me in a variety of ways, and when my back is up against the wall it still inspires me to keep going and do my best.

It's rewarding when we are fortunate enough to have teachers, coaches, and administrators who have a lasting effect on us. Who in your school has had that influence on you? 

We play sports for a variety of reasons, but in the end it's the growth we make individually that really counts. Seek out those individuals who challenge you to work harder and smarter to push you to reach your full potential. Every day is a new day for that goal. Learn from the past and look toward your future goals!

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Posted on: Sep 4, 2019

Inappropriate adult behavior at high school athletic events in Indiana has reached epidemic proportion.

Posted on: Sep 3, 2019

 IHSAA Student-Athlete Tip of the Week (9-3-19)

"Promoting education based athletics in Indiana"

The recent retirement of Colts quarterback Andrew Luck caught the entire football world off guard. There is much speculation for the reason, but Andrew cited current and past injuries as the main reason. It's never easy for any athlete to walk away from their sport, and especially at the professional level where so much money can be left on the table.

Most people have supported Luck with his decision, but there will always be naysayers who want to make this more about them and tweet negative comments and opinions. Regardless, Luck came to the conclusion that now was the time for him.

There comes a moment in every athlete's career when it's time to step away from the sport they have played. The reasons can range from injury, lack of ability, or loss of desire. When the time comes for you to make that difficult decision, I hope it's because you have come to that conclusion on your own and for all the right reasons. 

In the meantime, cherish those moments you have now with your teammates and coaches. Have fun every day and enjoy the comaraderie.  These days are never guaranteed!

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Posted on: Aug 29, 2019

Three schools were approved for initial membership by the IHSAA Executive Committee during Tuesday’s first meeting of the 2019-20 school year.

Posted on: Aug 29, 2019

Minutes from the first meeting of the 2019-20 school year for the IHSAA Executive Committee have been posted.

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IHSAA Student-Athlete Tip of the Week (9-16-19)

"Promoting education based athletics in Indiana"

Former NBA All-Star Jayson Williams played in the league for over ten years, but his career was cut short because of bad decision making. In fact, in 2010 Williams pled guilty to assault in the accidental shooting death of a limousine driver and served a 27 month prison sentence.

Williams appeared this week on a television talk show, where it was evident that he was sorry for his past and was focusing on the present. He even offered up some great advice for young people, whether you are an athlete or not.

Two things caught my attention. He stated that "bad company can corrupt good company" and then stated if "you show me your friends, I will show you your future."

While Williams refused to blame his substance abuse and issues on others, he did come to the realization that he should have chosen better friends and role models throughout his high school and college days.

Are you in bad company? Are you making your own choices or going along with the crowd? Doing the right thing should always be first on your mind. Doing the wrong thing can lead you down a path of destruction!

All content property of Billy Shepherd Sports   

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