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IHSAA Student-Athlete Tip of the Week (2-3-20)

IHSAA Student-Athlete Tip of the Week (2-3-2020)

"Promoting education based athletics in Indiana"

One of the best feelings any athlete can experience is being "in the zone".  You know, you can't miss a shot, your times are improving, the baseball looks like a grapefruit and is easy to hit, and everything you do seems to be better than normal.

However, when the opposite happens and nothing seems to go right, the dreaded word "slump" comes to mind. A slump could be described as not performing up to your capabilities or expectations. All athletes experience a slump from time to time, regardless of age or sport.

How do you get out of a slump? No one has that answer, but my suggestion is to face up to it and continue to stay mentally and physically tough. Know that it doesn't last forever and one key play or special moment can pull you out of it.

Slumps are going to happen, they are a part of any sport that you will ever play. However, the best way to rid yourself of them is to put it in the rear view mirror and move on to the next play!

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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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