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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 (11-11-19)

"Promoting education based athletics in Indiana"

This past week while watching the Monday night NFL football game, I was really surprised and disappointed to see New York Giants players fail to hustle back to the line of scrimmage during their hurry up offense late in the 4th quarter. The Giants had no chance of winning and you could see that they had given up.  

How do you react as a player when the outcome of the game is decided, and there is still time left on the clock and you have no chance of winning?  What does your body language say? Do you sulk and give little effort, or do you play hard until the final horn sounds?

The true competitor plays hard until the end of the game, win or lose. That type of attitude is a positive reflection of you, your coach, your team and your school.  While everyone competes to win, only one team can come out on top. However, the team that is behind is never considered a loser as long as they give it every thing they have until the final clock shows zeros!

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