Knights News · IHSAA Student Athlete Tip of the Week (4/9/18 – 5/14/18)


Here are the past few Student Athlete Tips of the Week.

IHSAA Student-Athlete Tip of the Week (4-9-18)
“Promoting education based athletics in Indiana”

There were many interesting stories coming out of Augusta National last week during the playing of golf’s most prestigious tournament, the 2018 Masters.

Patrick Reed was the winner, with Rickie Fowler and Jordan Spieth finishing 2nd and 3rd. However, it’s what Spieth said after his round that really surprised me. He said he played the entire day without ever looking at the scoreboard. He played for over 5 hours without knowing how anyone else was scoring, but himself.

This process is somewhat common in individual sports. Players this past week said over and over that they only focused on their own game and what they could control. No need worrying about the opponent.

In team sports the participants are constantly looking at the time and score. Strategy and game plans depend on those circumstances. However, professional golfers and others that play individual sports will tell you there’s no need to worry about the opponent and what they are doing. They will tell you to concentrate on the things that you can control, and don’t worry about the others!

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IHSAA Student-Athlete Tip of the Week (4-16-18)
“Promoting education based athletics in Indiana”

With the end of the school year only five or six weeks away, all student-athletes should be thinking about finishing strong in the classroom.

This time of year it is so easy to look ahead to summer. However, don’t forget about the importance of your grades. The last weeks of school are just as important as the first few, so don’t let your grade point average slip. Think of the end of the school year like it’s the end of a ballgame. Don’t let all the hard work disappear in a one or two week period.

Whether you play a spring sport or not, the next few weeks could determine a college choice down the road. Don’t look back next year (whether you are a senior or underclass man) and say if my grades were better last year I could be attending the college of my choice!

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IHSAA Student-Athlete Tip of the Week (4-23-18)
“Promoting education based athletics in Indiana”

Sometimes off-season workouts can become boring and monotonous. With summer approaching, have you given any thought as to how you will approach your training and conditioning while not being in school?

Call it the buddy system if you wish, but working out with a teammate, brother or sister, or an up and coming underclassman, makes the time go faster and the hard work seem easier.

So whether it’s heading to the gym for individual workouts, or out running for conditioning, or heading to the weight room for your weight training, try to find someone with similar goals to workout with you.

By finding that right person, you can hold each other accountable and reach your full potential while still having fun and trying to make each other better!

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IHSAA Student-Athlete Tip of the Week (4-30-18)
“Promoting education based athletics in Indiana”

This past weekend the NFL held their annual draft. Two of the first three picks were quarterbacks and over 200 college players were selected for the opportunity to play on Sundays.

However, it was the quote from the 3rd player taken, by the New York Jets, that caught my attention. Sam Darnold, the quarterback out of the University of Southern California, had the classiest comment after his name was called.

Upon leaving the stage after his selection, Darnold said that “Whatever the coaches want me to do, whether they want me to sit or want me to play, I want to star in my role.”

In this day of self-promoting athletes, it’s great to see that this up and coming professional player has the proper outlook. High school student-athletes need more role models that they can look up to and emulate. Let’s hope more athletes at all levels share Darnold’s philosophy and star in their role!

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IHSAA Student-Athlete Tip of the Week (5-7-18)
“Promoting education based athletics in Indiana”

Theodore Roosevelt was once quoted as saying, “Believe you can and you are halfway there.”  In the world of sports, confidence is a key component. If you believe you can do something, combined with hard work and determination, anything is possible.

However, just believing won’t get you across the finish line. There are no shortcuts to success. Practice and repetition is required and a commitment that is unwavering should be expected if you want to reach your highest goals.

What do you believe you can achieve?  How committed are you to the work you must do to attain that goal? Are you getting closer to your finish line? It’s very rewarding when you get to cross it!

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IHSAA Student-Athlete Tip of the Week (5-14-18)
“Promoting education based athletics in Indiana”

Author and Pastor Charles Swindoll was quoted as saying “Life is 10% what happens to me and 90% of how I react to it.”

Stop and think about this for a moment. Life is a series of adjustments and reactions. How do you react to a failure or coming up short of your goals, or not getting what you want? Just as important, how do you react to success and achieving your goals? Can you move forward with humility and get ready for your next challenge?

So the next time you are dealt a difficult hand or face an uphill challenge, how will you react? Will you whine and cry about it, or will you make the best of a difficult situation? Experience tells me that you are going to be challenged many more times than you will ever be rewarded!

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