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Posted on: May 25, 2020

IHSAA Student-Athlete Tip of the Week (5-25-2020)

"Promoting education based athletics in Indiana"

The 2020 school year is officially over for most. What a change we have seen over the past two and a half months. While it was different and unforeseen, we all are getting through it and it's time to look forward to summer and the challenges still facing us in the months ahead.

Will things be different next school year? You bet. What will it look like? Who knows for sure. Should you be worried? No, because people are resilient and adapt to change. How can you help? Be positive and confident that those in charge will make the right decisions.

While we don't know what school and sports will look like this summer and fall, we do know that it's not going to be the same as in the past.

As a student-athlete, now is the time to start training for the challenges ahead. Coaching supervision may not always be available. Working out on your own or in small groups will become the norm. You are going to be faced with more responsibility and accountability. 

Make this summer count!

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Posted on: May 18, 2020

Changes introduced for the 2020-21 high school girls gymnastics season again explore composition thanks to efforts to streamline the category for efficient evaluation. 

Posted on: May 18, 2020

IHSAA Student-Athlete Tip of the Week (5-18-2020)

"Promoting education based athletics in Indiana"

This past weekend was the first time a sporting event in America had been broadcast live since sports were suspended over eight weeks ago due to Covid19. It was a PGA event featuring four of the tour's top players.

Things were different. Play by play announcer, Mike Tirico, provided live coverage from his home outside Detroit, while the match was being played in southeast Florida. There were no spectators, only a few cameramen, and no caddies as the players carried their own bags. It was a much different look than normal, but sports are slowly coming back.

Every community and school wants to provide youth and high school sports in a safe and healthy environment. There will be many adjustments over the next year for all these events.

It is not too soon for the student-athlete to prepare mentally for the changes ahead. Your focus and mental toughness will continue to be tested as you start competing again.

While the rules of your sport won't likely change, the environment in which they will be played could be totally different!

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Posted on: May 11, 2020

Beginning next year, high school basketball rules will further clarify when a contest is to be forfeited, including if a qualified individual is not present to coach. 

Posted on: May 11, 2020

IHSAA Student-Athlete Tip of the Week (5-11-2020)

"Promoting education based athletics in Indiana"

This past week while reading old articles in Sports Illustrated I ran across a story on last year's U. S. Amateur golf champion, Andy Ogletree.  Andy grew up in a small town, Union, Mississippi, and now attends college at Georgia Tech.

By winning the Amateur Golf Tourney he automatically qualified for this year's Masters, however, like all of us have experienced, it has been postponed until November. People from his hometown are scrambling to get tickets so they can go and support him.

The ispiring quote I took from the article was one that Ogletree has on his screen saver on his phone. It tells you a lot about his mindset and determination and helped drive him to his current day success in golf. "Today I will do what others won't, so tomorrow I can do what others can't."

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Posted on: May 6, 2020

Recently, Dr. Jennifer McCormick, State Superintendent of Public Instruction clarified the school closure order which ends on June 30, 2020.  June 30th is the end of the traditionally defined school year in our state; therefore, school buildings are to remain closed through June 30, 2020.

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IHSAA Student-Athlete Tip of the Week (5-25-2020)

"Promoting education based athletics in Indiana"

The 2020 school year is officially over for most. What a change we have seen over the past two and a half months. While it was different and unforeseen, we all are getting through it and it's time to look forward to summer and the challenges still facing us in the months ahead.

Will things be different next school year? You bet. What will it look like? Who knows for sure. Should you be worried? No, because people are resilient and adapt to change. How can you help? Be positive and confident that those in charge will make the right decisions.

While we don't know what school and sports will look like this summer and fall, we do know that it's not going to be the same as in the past.

As a student-athlete, now is the time to start training for the challenges ahead. Coaching supervision may not always be available. Working out on your own or in small groups will become the norm. You are going to be faced with more responsibility and accountability. 

Make this summer count!

All content property of Billy Shepherd Sports 

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