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IHSAA Student-Athlete Tip of the Week (10-7-19)

IHSAA Student-Athlete Tip of the Week (10-7-19)

"Promoting education based athletics in Indiana"

I've always been a firm believer that athletes are made in the off season. If that's the case, what can you do during the season to enhance your chances of playing time and making sure that you are showing improvement?

Beside working hard and putting your best performance out there every day, there is another avenue that can help you improve and continue to get better during the season (and off season).

That would be watching others in your particular sport, and watching yourself on video. If you are a football player, did you watch college and pro games over the weekend? What about volleyball, tennis, golf, or cross country? You can always get a live event or a replay of a game or match in this modern world. Use it to your advantage.

Don't just watch the elite players.  Concentrate on watching the position you play and the technique and footwork of players playing those positions. You will be relatively surprised about what you can learn by watching others and trying to integrate that into your own game. 

Let's face it, there are no secrets or special formulas that makes an elite athlete. Instead, it's concentrating on the little things that others may not even see or do that could set you apart from your competition!

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IHSAA Student-Athlete Tip of the Week (10-21-19)

"Promoting education based athletics in Indiana"

Upsets happen in sports all the time, but a major upset is the exception to the rule. A superior team on paper loses to a team of lesser talent and ability. Or in individual sports, the underdog gets the win. Why can a physically outmatched team or individual pull the upset?

Mistakes and mental letdowns can happen with overconfidence. There are other times when teams completely overlook their opponent. That's when the fault falls on the favored team. However, more times than not, the underdog pulls the upset because they out prepare their opponent and take advantage of every opportunity afforded to them.

This past weekend there was no greater example of a major upset than Illinois (led by quarterback and former Indiana Mr. Football Brian Peters) who was a prohibitive underdog.  They upset Wisconsin ranked 6th in the country even though they were a 30 point underdog.

Next time you go into a game being an underdog, think about all the things you can do to give your team the best chance to win. Keep the pressure on the opponent and believe that you will get the job done!

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