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Posted on: Oct 27, 2020

Posted on: Oct 26, 2020

IHSAA Student-Athlete Tip of the Week (10-26-2020)

"Promoting education based athletics in Indiana"

Have you ever taken a step back and thought about how your coaches have differed over the years since you first started playing sports?

When you were playing youth sports you were likely coached by your parents or one of your teammate’s parents.

In junior high you had the opportunity to try out for a team and for the first time you were coached by someone who was hired by the school.

In high school you are being coached by someone who made a career decision to be in education, and the sport they are coaching is their love and passion. Winning becomes more important and there is more attention paid to off-season workouts and practices.

As a high school student-athlete it’s your responsibility to adjust to the coach and the system he/she runs. While it is still supposed to be fun, you have a greater responsibility to listen, learn, and perform.

By now you know the personality of your coach and his/her staff. It’s in your best interest to do the things that please and impress those people to give you your best chance of getting playing time or starting positions!

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Posted on: Oct 19, 2020

This Saturday’s semi-state matches in the IHSAA Boys & Girls Soccer State Tournament will be video-streamed exclusively in a pay-per-view model for the first time. IHSAAtv.org 

Posted on: Oct 19, 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: Oct 19, 2020

IHSAA Student-Athlete Tip of the Week (10-19-2020)

"Promoting education based athletics in Indiana"

How do you feel when you receive encouragement or a compliment from a teacher, coach, or administrator? Does it help build your self-esteem or make your day?

Have you ever thought about how a few kind words can mean the world to someone who is feeling down or under appreciated? When is the last time you complimented one of your classmates or teammates?

During these times of Covid and social distancing, it is harder to build the same camaraderie and spirit. You can do your part by supporting others with a reassuring comment or compliment.

Classrooms are spread out and locker rooms don't have the same feeling of togetherness that they have had in the past. But making things fun and enjoyable can still be accomplished.

It's been said that action speaks louder than words, but during the times we are in now those positive words towards others will help make someone's day better than they ever expected!

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Posted on: Oct 12, 2020

IHSAA Student-Athlete Tip of the Week (10-12-2020)

"Promoting education based athletics in Indiana"

Do student-athletes put too much emphasis on winning? In all sports, athletes will lose their last game of the season unless they are state champs or individual champs, a small minority.

There's a big difference between winning and succeeding. You don't have to win every game or match to be successful. Very few teams or individuals go through an entire season without a few losses.

Tom Lehman, a longtime PGA golfer, only won a total of five times on that tour over a long career, but he was considered very successful because of the way he carried himself and his work ethic.  Lehman's peers looked at him as a winner because of his character and positive interaction with those on the PGA Tour. 

Regardless of your season's record, you can succeed in your sport and school by your attitude, effort and teamwork. Years from now, that is how you will be remembered!

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IHSAA Student-Athlete Tip of the Week (9-14-20)

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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