Wildcats News · Student-Athlete Tip of the Week 2-10-20

IHSAA Student-Athlete Tip of the Week (2-10-2020)

“Promoting education based athletics in Indiana”

Growing up in Indiana and being the son of a high school basketball coach, I was fortunate to attend the high school boy’s state finals almost every year.  I still remember watching Dick and Tom VanArsdale, the first to share the honor of Mr. Basketball, play in a final game loss to Kokomo.

I recently read their book, “Our Basketball Lives”, and enjoyed the insight they shared on their high school, college, and professional careers.  These twins, like most great athletes, shared a passion for the game they truly loved.

In one of the many examples talked about in the book that separated these two players from others in their era, Dick was quoted as saying “It’s amazing how much you can improve your game if you have a weakness, if you think about what you are doing incorrectly and how you can correct it, and then practice.”

While this quote was from 1973, it still applies to all high school athletes of today, regardless of their sport. Let’s face it, every high school athlete has room for improvement. It’s what you do with your practice time that separates the average athlete from the top performers. Thing about what you need to improve on and practice it every time you have that opportunity!

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