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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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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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