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Posted on: Sep 25, 2020

The Indiana High School Athletic Association provides this guidance to its member schools during the COVID-19 pandemic. This Resource Center will continue to be updated with new information as conditions change during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Posted on: Sep 21, 2020

The Indiana High School Athletic Association announced the pairings for the Third Annual Unified Flag Football State Tournament Series this evening via webstream at IHSAAtv.org.

Posted on: Sep 21, 2020

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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Posted on: Sep 18, 2020

Posted on: Sep 14, 2020

IHSAA Student-Athlete Tip of the Week (9-14-2020)

"Promoting education based athletics in Indiana"

The PGA Tour recently named Zack Johnson the winner of the 2020 Payne Stewart Award for character and sportsmanship.

For those of you who have never seen or heard of Zack, he is known for his grit and fight, even though he is small in stature. He has been an underdog  throughout his career and wasn't highly recruited even though he has won 12 times on the PGA Tour including the 2007 Masters and the 2015 Open Championship.

To achieve his success he stated that he has “ out thought and out fought and out putted and out gutted” his way throughout the tour.

Most high school athletes face the same challenges that college and professionals faced when they were in high school. It's not always the most talented athletes who succeed. There's something to be said for those who are willing to out think and out work those who you are competing against!

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Posted on: Sep 8, 2020

IHSAA Student-Athlete Tip of the Week (9-8-2020)

"Promoting education based athletics in Indiana"

The 2020-21 school year is officially under way and it is anything but normal.  Some students are attending school full time, while others are on a schedule of virtual learning. Regardless of your situation, things have changed. With change comes the added responsibility of doing things the right way during this Covid 19 transition.

Playing sports and attending school live now becomes a privilege. It's no longer a given. We can no longer take it for granted.  Make sure you do your part. Sacrifices are required. Your normal routine from past years has changed. To ensure safety and the greatest opportunity of continuing to play sports, follow those rules and guidelines that your school and coaches have put in place.

Last school year, many student-athletes faced the sad situation that their sport was cancelled because of situations (pandemic) out of their control. We now have guidelines in place that give us a fighting chance to return to the routines that we truly missed over the past six months. Sports, now more than ever, requires everyone to do their part!

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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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