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IHSAA Student-Athlete Tip of the Week (9-30-19)

IHSAA Student-Athlete Tip of the Week (9-30-19)

"Promoting education based athletics in Indiana"

Not every athlete on every team gets along well with each other. It's just human nature. However, as long as they get along in practice and games it usually doesn't cause a major issue when it comes to the team's success.

But when your best player (or players) are not good leaders and care more about themselves than the team, issues can and will happen.

Former baseball great Alex Rodriguez said it best when others accused him of being phony early in his career, which he was at the time, and admitted so to Sports Illustrated.

"I had it backwards. I tried to say the right things, instead if doing the right things. I didn't realize that it actually does matter."

If you are one of the best players on your team and receive much of the publicity for the team's success, how are you looked at by others? Do your teammates respect you? Do you treat them and your coaches with respect or do you demean them?

If your team depends on you for an outstanding performance game in and game out, let  your teammates know by your actions and words every day that you are there for them and they can count on you!

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Tip of the Week

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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