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"Promoting education based athletics in Indiana"

Outside influences can sometimes be a distraction to the development and progress of a student-athlete. An example would be when an athlete pays more attention to a parent, a personal trainer, or a personal instructor over the coach that is actually coaching his or her team.

In today's world, those outside influences, even though the intent is to help you, could do more harm than good. Stop and think for a second; who is the person you need to impress the most in order to make teams and earn playing time?  I hope you would answer that it's your coach.

While outside coaches and trainers can be valuable in skill development and physical development, the person you must impress the most is the coach.  If the philosophies ever differ between the outside influences and your coach, be sure to play it smart and go along with what your coach wants and expects. That way you give yourself the greatest opportunity of playing!

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"Promoting education based athletics in Indiana"

One of the most overlooked aspects of success in any sport, but yet one of the most important, is the mental component and how it plays a key role in determining the final outcome of any given game. 

Being mentally sharp and staying focused on your task should never be taken for granted. The difference between losing and winning comes down to which opponent  makes fewer mental mistakes.

Whether it's a penalty in football, a foolish foul in basketball, or a base running mistake in baseball or softball, one mistake can be the difference maker.

Are you doing everything you can to be mentally prepared?  Do you get enough sleep, eat properly, and know the game plan?  Do you communicate with your coaches on what they deem important for you and the team? No team or individual will ever play the perfect game, but trying to do so will give you a bigger advantage!

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