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IHSAA Student-Athlete Tip of the Week (10-28-19)

IHSAA Student-Athlete Tip of the Week (10-28-19)

"Promoting education based athletics in Indiana"

With this year's baseball season coming to a close this week, the Washington Nationals and Houston Astros are battling for the World Series title. Both teams are loaded with hitting and pitching talent.

In a recent Sports Illustrated article, the former general manager of the Los Angeles Dodgers from 2006-2014, Ned Colletti, was asked about his new role as a scout in the NHL.  Nick was a longtime hockey fanatic as well, so watching video of promising prospects was his new passion and vocation.

He said he understood what to look for in prospects, but when he was in baseball he "always looked for the person inside the uniform." That, to him, was the most important thing.

So whether you are in an individual or team sport, keep in mind that college coaches approach things the same way.  When talent is somewhat even between potential recruits the difference maker is what you have between your ears.

If your high coach gave you a grade on the person you are, what would it be?  What kind of grade would you give yourself? If it's not an A, I'd say you need to spend as much time working on what type of person you are and want to become, as you do on the fundamentals of your sport. It means much more than you might think!

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IHSAA Student-Athlete Tip of the Week (2-17-2020)

"Promoting education based athletics in Indiana"

One of the most difficult challenges facing the high school student-athlete is how to bounce back from a tough loss or defeat, whether in a team sport or an individual sport.

Regardless of your sport, it’s going to happen. No one goes through a career without suffering a few tough and lingering losses. The key is how you overcome them.

I suggest you look at tough losses from two sides. First, what did you do well and second, where can you show improvement the next time out?

Be honest with your assessment. I’m sure there were some good qualities and attributes, even in losing. Be sure to build on those.

When you lose, there are always things you could have done better. Make it a priority to work on those things in the weeks ahead.

There doesn’t always have to be blame or shame after a tough loss. Sometimes the opponent is flat out better. In those cases you move on quickly to the next moment, making sure you are learning from both defeat or victory!

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