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IHSAA Student-Athlete Tip of the Week (9-17-18)

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Most fall sports teams have now gotten into their weekly routine with practices and games.  Players know their positions and roles and the coaching staff knows the personnel.  But remember, things can change in a split second.

Do you have a dominate or consistent role on your team, or are you a substitute trying to earn more playing time? Every player on the team is important, but sometimes the substitute or role player doesn't realize how valuable they are in the success of a quality team.

Just because you may not read about your performance in the newspaper or online publications doesn't mean that you aren't valuable to your team. I'm a true believer that every player on the roster has equal value. Those not starting need to have the mindset that they will challenge the starters every day in practice and be ready to perform when they are called upon by their coaches.

A good substitute is only one play away from entering any game and having an impact on the final outcome!

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IHSAA Student-Athlete Tip of the Week (9-10-18)

"Promoting education based athletics in Indiana"

This past week in the Washington Post, there was an emotional story on Brian Mazone and how his lifelong dream of pitching in the big leagues was washed away in an instance. I encourage you to go on line and read it for yourself.

In September 2006, Mazone, a 30 year old career minor league baseball pitcher, was called up to the majors to make his debut. There was only one problem. The game was rained out, Mazone was sent back to the minors, and was never called back again to pitch in the big leagues.

What a tough pill to swallow. Sad to say, but this can be the harsh reality of sports. Regardless of how hard you work and how much you prepare, there are no guarantees.

While in high school, you can do all the right things in regards to preparation, and there are no guarantees of playing time or success in your sport. Be sure to play sports  for fun and always give it your best effort. You never know when your dreams could disappear or be taken away from you!

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IHSAA Student-Athlete Tip of the Week (9-4-18)
"Promoting education based athletics in Indiana"

Every high school student-athlete faces challenges--in the classroom, in their sport, and even at home. It seems like there is always an obstacle to overcome.  When you start becoming successful, a challenge you will face is how will you remain confident without becoming cocky.

A sportswriter recently asked a young professional golfer if you have to be cocky in order to succeed on the PGA Tour? I felt like the answer this pro gave sheds light on a mature approach.

"Inwardly, yes. Obviously you don't want to act that way on the outside, but if you're not confident, you've got no chance."

There's absolutely nothing wrong with believing in yourself. However, if it's taken too far and you start annoying those around you, it does more harm than good. Strive to find that good balance!

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