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"Promoting education based athletics in Indiana"

I'm a firm believer that high school athletes are made in the summer.  It's the one season where you have the free time to outwork and outdo your opponents.

Even if you have a job, it's much easier to work around than spending all day at school and worrying about school work every night.  In other words, there are no excuses.

What will you do this summer to improve yourself? Will you work on the things that help you improve? Are you willing to work out a couple of times a day? Will you truly work on your weaknesses and continue to work on those things that you are already good at?

Summer time gives you that chance to improve, grow, learn, and concentrate on those things that will make you better next school season. Don't let the athlete at a rivalry school gain the advantage that you are striving to achieve. So do your homework this summer!

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"Promoting education based athletics in Indiana"

Are you an athlete that works hard but still comes up short when it comes to having all the skills necessary to be an elite player? If so, you are not alone. In fact, I would say most high school athletes mature later than they desire.

If that is the case, what can you do to give yourself an advantage over others with the same issue? Besides the obvious of extra workouts and time spent in the weight room, what else could work to your advantage?

The mental part of your sport is the one thing that can set you apart from others. What if you could start each game or individual sport with a lead? Now I have you thinking, right?

A coach was recently quoted as saying this exact thing about a player who was lightly recruited because of his athleticism. He stated his player's intelligence means he "always starts the race with a lead." He ended up with a Division I scholarship.

Don't underestimate the importance of knowing the inside and out of your particular sport. That intellect could help you gain a bigger advantage than you ever imagined!

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"Promoting education based athletics in Indiana"

In a recent interview for Golf magazine, PGA professional Jason Day spoke about the challenges on the tour, he talked about how to stay motivated and also the obstacles he and others face on a weekly basis.

Playing high school sports is not much different.  Every athlete faces challenges sometime during their season.

"I've been on the tour for 12 years, Day said. I've won 12 times. It's a grind every single season-if you want to be good. Some years it's hard to stay on top of it. Others, it seems easy to work your butt off."

Regardless of your grade, sometimes during a season or the school year, your sport can become a grind.  It's normal, it's natural, so don't think you are out there all alone. It's part of the process of being an athlete, whether you are high school age or a professional!

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"Promoting education based athletics in Indiana"

Part of becoming a strong-minded student-athlete is learning how to deal with the ups and downs of competition.  You aren't going to win every time you go out, and you aren't going to perform up to your highest expectations every time you compete.


When things are going well, you are content and happy.  Everything seems to fall in place. However, when the flip side happens and you are struggling and looking for answers, who do you turn to?

I truly believe that when things aren't going your way, dig down inside yourself and learn how to make your own happiness. For example, if you aren't getting the playing time you thing you deserve, be thankful and happy that you are at least part of the team. In other words, find something positive about your current situation.

Feeling sorry for yourself and pointing fingers at others doesn't accomplish a thing. Instead, find one positive from a negative situation and be happy about it and move forward. Everyone has problems and you probably understand your situation better than anyone else, especially if you take the "happy" approach!

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