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Posted on: Feb 18, 2020

The 82nd Annual IHSAA Wrestling State Finals are scheduled for Friday and Saturday at Bankers Life Fieldhouse in Indianapolis.

Posted on: Feb 17, 2020

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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Posted on: Feb 14, 2020

The IHSAA Girls Swimming & Diving State Finals are scheduled for Friday and Saturday (Feb. 14-15) at the IU Natatorium in Indianapolis.

Posted on: Feb 14, 2020

Beginning next season, changes to the conditions and procedure for restarting play with a dropped ball will take effect in high school soccer.

Posted on: Feb 10, 2020

IHSAA Student-Athlete Tip of the Week (2-10-2020)

"Promoting education based athletics in Indiana"

Growing up in Indiana and being the son of a high school basketball coach, I was fortunate to attend the high school boy's state finals almost every year.  I still remember watching Dick and Tom VanArsdale, the first to share the honor of Mr. Basketball, play in a final game loss to Kokomo. 

I recently read their book, "Our Basketball Lives", and enjoyed the insight they shared on their high school, college, and professional careers.  These twins, like most great athletes, shared a passion for the game they truly loved. 

In one of the many examples talked about in the book that separated these two players from others in their era, Dick was quoted as saying "It's amazing how much you can improve your game if you have a weakness, if you think about what you are doing incorrectly and how you can correct it, and then practice." 

While this quote was from 1973, it still applies to all high school athletes of today, regardless of their sport. Let's face it, every high school athlete has room for improvement. It's what you do with your practice time that separates the average athlete from the top performers. Thing about what you need to improve on and practice it every time you have that opportunity!

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Posted on: Feb 6, 2020

In an effort to eliminate a potential timing advantage gained by the defensive team in high school football, the play clock will be set to 40 seconds – effective with the 2020 season – when an official’s time-out is taken for an injury to a defensive player or a defensive player has an equipment issue.

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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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