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So many times during high school sporting events there's a time in the game where one or two plays or possessions will determine the outcome of the game. Preparation, good calls by the coaches, and execution by the players usually turns out to be the difference maker.

As an athlete, how do you prepare yourself for those challenging moments and game changing plays?

Being under control is much more important than trying to make the big play. A first down at a time, a bucket at a time, or hitting singles instead of swinging for the fences actually keeps the pressure on your opponent.

Big plays usually come from the breakdown of an opponent.  Next time the game is on the line make sure you take care of your assignment. By doing so, it could turn out to be the biggest play of the day!  

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Tiger Woods won the PGA Tour Championship final event and participated in the Ryder Cup for the USA this past weekend.  He stated after his last victory "I couldn't have done this without the help of everyone around me."  Tiger had not won a tour event since 2013.

Think of the people that play a big influence in your life and your athletics. Your parents, family members, teachers and administrators, coaches and teammates, and friends.  While you may not look daily at how influential they really are, in the end you will realize how important a great support group can help lead you to success.

Don't take these people for granted.  Be thankful they are a part of your life.  And don't be afraid to show your gratitude along the way by showing sincere appreciation for their support and help.  No one can go it alone, not even Tiger Woods!

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IHSAA Student-Athlete Tip of the Week (9-24-18)

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While watching NFL football this last week, it brought to mind a quote I saw in USA Today a few years back.

Gary Kubiak, a former NFL head, coach, speaking about those players that report for the first day of practice and whether they are prepared or not.

"Smart players, they know what to expect the first day of practice....You can see the difference in their preparation."

High school athletes, and especially the ninth and tenth graders, could have tryouts up to three times a year. Getting physically and mentally ready for those tryouts can be challenging. Get ready for the grind and keep your mind focused on your goal, that of making the team. You can worry about positions and playing time after that final cut!

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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)

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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)
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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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