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IHSAA Student-Athlete Tip of the Week (3-23-20)

IHSAA Student-Athlete Tip of the Week (3-23-2020)

"Promoting education based athletics in Indiana"

E-learning and online schooling became a reality this past week. Schools are physically unavailable until at least May 1, and they could be closed even longer. How should the student-athlete approach this challenge during this unprecedented time?

Now is not the time to slack off. Now is the time to buckle down and take the classroom seriously. How many times during your sports seasons have you been too tired and exhausted to study? How many times have you put off a paper or an assignment until the last day?

Now is a good time to instill some new and serious study habits. For the time being, you no longer have the excuse of a late practice or being too tired to study. Now is the time to make sure that you make academics your top priority, and put sports on the back burner.

The coronavirus is something we had no control over. It caught us off guard and all we can do is follow the rules and guidelines set forth by our state and local governments on how to diffuse it as quickly has possible. 

Hopefully we can look back at these tough times in the not so distant future knowing that we did all the right things to make all those around us proud of how we handled a very tough situation, while not letting our academics fall by the wayside!

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IHSAA Student-Athlete Tip of the Week (9-21-2020)

 "Promoting education based athletics in Indiana"

This past week a Major League Baseball player was ejected from a game after hitting a home run. How can that be? He kicked dirt on the plate after crossing it because he was upset about a previous call a few innings earlier.

How do you treat officials/umpires/referees? Do you respect them? 

In my humble opinion, it would be wise to treat officials like you would a teacher in the classroom or a coach during practice. In those cases, you listen, you don't talk out loud or out of turn, and you respect authority.

Officials are human.  Just like you, they make mistakes and will miss a call from time to time. Remember, it's a long game and one call does not determine the outcome.

It's very important that you keep your composure after a tough call or a controversial play. But more importantly, being  kind and respectful to officials won't protect you if you do something blatantly wrong, but it could help you when it comes to questionable calls.

Showing respect is always the right thing to do!

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