Bulldogs Official Sponsor

IHSAA Student-Athlete Tip of the Week

IHSAA Student-Athlete Tip of the Week (12-11-17)
“Promoting education based athletics in Indiana”

Popular television star Chip Gaines from the show Fixer Upper was quoted in People Magazine as saying, “I’d rather be missed than the idea of someone tiring of me.” This has been his philosophy in life.

This quote might be a good way for a student-athlete to have a teacher or coach view his/her time spent in the classroom and on the court or field of play.

In other words, you want to make the type of impact on your classmates and teammates that leaves a long and lasting positive impression – not one where people tire of you and want you to go away.

Think about your actions on and off the field. Make the right choices and leave your school with a legacy you will be proud of.

All content property of Billy Shepherd Sports

IHSAA Student-Athlete Tip of the Week (12-4-17)
“Promoting education based athletics in Indiana”

Wisconsin linebacker Garrett Dooley was quoted in the Indy Star as saying, “If you have a bad play, you have to forget about it. I think this year we’ve done a really good job of forgetting about last season and moving forward, preparing every single week.”

In all sports and in most games or matches, there comes a time when you must move on from a bad play, a bad call, or an unlucky break. Are you capable of doing so?

Although there is no simple answer on how to move on, I will suggest that controlling your emotions is the key. Having a short-term memory on a bad play or tough call will help get you focused and keep your emotions intact on the next play.

Athletes who can concentrate on the play ahead instead of looking back will be the ones that are the most successful!

All content property of Billy Shepherd Sports

IHSAA Student-Athlete Tip of the Week (11-20-17)
“Promoting education based athletics in Indiana”

How important is “character” when it comes to being a successful high school athlete? Does it play an important role in your eyes? How would others view your “character”? Do you have parents, teachers and coaches that stress the importance of having a good character?

This past week a commentator for the NFL quoted Washington Redskins quarterback Kirk Cousins as saying “who you are as a man (woman) will reflect who you are as a football player.”

Sometimes athletes get hung up on how big, fast, quick, and strong they are, forgetting that the mind plays just as important of a role in being successful as does ability. When the going gets tough, your true character is exhibited. Make sure it is one that you can be proud of!

All content property of Billy Shepherd Sports

IHSAA Student-Athlete Tip of the Week (11-13-17)
“Promoting education based athletics in Indiana”

How is your preparation and concentration during the week of a game? Do you pay attention to your coaches and what they expect of you? If so, is that really good enough?

Jeff Saturday, an ESPN commentator and former NFL player summed it up this way when talking about his former position coach, line coach Howard Mudd. Saturday said that Coach Mudd always expressed one thing to the players he mentored. “I expect you to play better than I coach you.”

As a player, it’s your responsibility to plan, prepare, and perform. Even if parents, fans, or teammates want to point fingers if you lose, make sure that you have prepared to the best of your ability.

Strive to exceed the expectations of your coach. By doing so, you will never have anything to be ashamed of, win or lose!

All content property of Billy Shepherd Sports

IHSAA Student-Athlete Tip of the Week (11-6-17)
“Promoting education based athletics in Indiana”

The Houston Astros won their first World Series this past week, and as usual, there are many human interest stories about the players and the organization. As I watched the series, one player, Jose Altuve, continued to stand out.

Here’s the reason: Altuve stands all of 5’6″ and will be in serious contention for the MVP award this year. He doesn’t have to be the biggest and strongest in order to have a positive impact on his team.

Stories like Altuve’s should encourage every student-athlete in every sport that is undersized and sometimes overpowered. You don’t have to be the biggest, fastest, or strongest to reach a level of success.

So if you happen to be one of those athletes lacking the “perfect body” for the sport you love, remember the story about this little man. Dynamite comes in small packages!

All content property of Billy Shepherd Sports 

IHSAA Student-Athlete Tip of the Week (10-30-17)
“Promoting education based athletics in Indiana”

While reading the sports page the last few weeks, I couldn’t help but notice how close the scores were during the volleyball state tournament run. But in reality, that’s true in all sports. The farther you advance during the tournament, the tougher the games become.

Which brings me to this conclusion. The points scored at the beginning of each game are just as important as those scored late in the contest. In other words, don’t beat yourself up if you happen to be the one that makes a crucial mistake at the end of the game.

Every play is important. Every mistake is important. Every point is important. The truth is, however, that most players, fans, and friends remember the last few plays, and not those that happen throughout the entire game.

When you have a teammate that happens to make a crucial mistake at the wrong time or late in the game, please remind them it was just one play. The final score is always determined by Every Play during the entire match, meet, or game!

All content property of Billy Shepherd Sports

IHSAA Student-Athlete Tip of the Week (10-23-17)
“Promoting education based athletics in Indiana”

A famous fisherman once said that “If I wasn’t fishing, I was thinking about fishing.” In other words, fishing was always on his mind.

As a student-athlete, what is on your mind, spending your days at school and your afternoons practicing or preparing for your sport? What about your time away from school? Are you focused on the important things in your life?  Are you thinking about how you can improve your grades? Are you thinking about what you need to do in order to be better at your sport? Are you trying to be a stand-up citizen? Are you doing the right things to refresh your body and mind?

Thinking about the right things and then doing the right things can go a long way towards your success in the classroom, sports, and life in general.  Otherwise, it’s easy to get sidetracked and lose your focus on what is really important!

All content property of Billy Shepherd Sports

IHSAA Student-Athlete Tip of the Week (10-16-17)
“Promoting education based athletics in Indiana”

In a recent article in Sports Illustrated, on a story about a high school football program in the 1970’s in upstate New York, the former players on this team spoke about what those times meant to them.

One of those players was quoted as saying that “Football was the sport that taught me to be a ‘we’ person more than an ‘I’ person. That’s been helpful in building teams professionally. I wish I’d stayed with the game in college. I quit too early and missed out on having those friendships like I had in high school.”

When things get tough, don’t even consider quitting or giving up on yourself. Regardless of your sport, the friendships you develop and hard work you put in will be much more valuable than the wins, losses and present day stress!

All content property of Billy Shepherd Sports

IHSAA Student-Athlete Tip of the Week (10-9-17)
“Promoting education based athletics in Indiana”

Student-athletes can shine in a variety of ways. It’s not always about touchdowns, points scored, or a fast time. In fact, it’s much more than that. How do you make a difference in your community?

Houston Texans rookie quarterback Deshaun Watson did just that by contributing his first professional paycheck to the support staff of his team. They had lost all of their belongings during the recent hurricane. So yes, he gave up something he had looked forward to for a lifetime, his first pro paycheck, to help those that help him every day.

For a high school student to make a difference or show an act of kindness, it might be a “good morning” to another student, or a “thank you” to a custodian, a show of respect to those in charge, or a smile when things are going tough. Are your actions showing that you are a caring and giving person?

There’s nothing more rewarding than making someone else happy. Make sure you try to do so every day in your actions and words!

All content property of Billy Shepherd Sports

IHSAA Student-Athlete Tip of the Week (10-2-17)
“Promoting education based athletics in Indiana”

Playing sports can be rewarding and frustrating. It’s actually a microcosm of life. You will always be faced with challenges and trying to come up with solutions to solve those challenges.

One thing is for sure: there will be more delayed gratification than most prefer. During your freshman and sophomore year, your progress takes patience and time. Those small steps of improvement and development aren’t always rewarded.

Can you remain patient? Most high school student-athletes won’t reach their full potential until their junior or senior seasons. It’s very challenging to wait for that opportunity. The competition gets tougher and tougher. The workouts are harder and harder.

Those that make it through and end up participating in junior varsity and varsity sports will look back someday and realize more gratification and enjoyment than you ever experienced while you were participating. The lessons learned will influence you more than you ever expected!

All content property of Billy Shepherd Sports

IHSAA Student-Athlete Tip of the Week (9-25-17)
“Promoting education based athletics in Indiana”

How do you respond as an athlete when things aren’t going well for you? How do you act when you are demoted or you aren’t playing as much as you wish? Are you still happy to be a part of the team, or do you put yourself first and continue to think that you deserve more than your coach is giving you?

Do you quit or stick it out? While I know that it is very difficult to practice hard and give it your all, you can still be important to your team in a supporting role.

In life, you will be challenged with these same decisions when things aren’t going well.  Will you quit, or will you stick it out? Those who stay involved for the long haul won’t win every battle, but having the right attitude and never quit persona will serve you much better than quitting!

All content property of Billy Shepherd Sports

IHSAA Student-Athlete Tip of the Week (9-18-17)
“Promoting education based athletics in Indiana”

Today, more than ever, it’s so important for the student-athlete to understand what is expected of them, both in the classroom and field of play, and want to accomplish those expectations. (There are so many outside influences by personal trainers, tutors and parents.)

How well do you analyze your teachers and coaches? Do you know their expectations? Are you flexible and try to fit in, or are you defiant and want to do things your way?

The student-athlete who truly understands what is expected of them has the greatest chance of achievement.

Instead of worrying about what’s best for you, think in a different way. Think about what you must do in order to impress your teachers and coaches, thus giving you a greater opportunity for success!

All content property of Billy Shepherd Sports

IHSAA Student-Athlete Tip of the Week (9-11-17)
“Promoting education based athletics in Indiana”

A wise coach once said that it’s just as tough to handle success as it is to handle failure.

One current star, professional golfer Jordan Spieth, seems to understand the importance of humility in the midst of his success.

When asked about the importance of humility in a recent Golf Digest article, Spieth replied by saying “my speaking about humility is very difficult, because that wouldn’t be humility.”

A student-athlete who understands this lets other people do the talking about who’s good and who’s not. Tooting your own horn can cause a problem bigger than a major traffic jam!

All content property of Billy Shepherd Sports

IHSAA Student-Athlete Tip of the Week (9-4-17)
“Promoting education based athletics in Indiana”

With the new school year in full bloom and fall sports taking shape, are you doing a good job of prioritizing what your goals are for this school year? Is it different than last year? What did you learn last year that is guiding your decision making so far this year?

Having been in your shoes before, and speaking on behalf of many other athletes and coaches, your order of priority, when it comes to being a successful student-athlete, should be the following:

First comes the classroom and your academic progress (Develop great study habits). Second, dedicate yourself to the sport you are presently playing or plan to play. Third, balance your social life and social activities (Sacrifices need to be made).

The student-athletes that do the best job of balancing these three different challenges have the best chance of becoming the student-athletes that teachers, high school coaches, and potential college coaches admire the most!

All content property of Billy Shepherd Sports

IHSAA Student-Athlete Tip of the Week (5-29-17)
“Promoting education based athletics in Indiana”

The end of the school year is here. It’s hard to believe how fast it goes by. Each year at this time I talk about the importance of summer work-outs.

Believe it or not, summer break is a time for hard work and also a time for rest and relaxation. I’ve heard it for years, and have been expressing it forever, but athletes are made during the summer (off-season).

While it’s very important that you take time away from your sport, it’s also very important that you are committed and work hard on the fundamentals that will make you a better athlete next school year. Summer time allows you the flexibility to do so.

Whether or not you have a summer job, or take a class during summer school, there is no excuse not to re-dedicate yourself to the sports you play. Just remember, those who work the hardest this summer will most likely improve the most!

All content property of Billy Shepherd Sports

IHSAA Student-Athlete Tip of the Week (5-22-17)
“Promoting education based athletics in Indiana”

Every high school student-athlete faces challenges–in the classroom, in their sport, and even at home. It seems like there is always an obstacle to overcome.

Research is clear that it really does pay to be positive during difficult times. The benefits include enhanced health and longevity, happiness, career advancement, and athletic performance.

Writer Jon Gordon says that “positive people who regularly express positive emotions are more resilient when facing stress, challenges and adversity.”

How can you become a more positive person? Tasting success in the classroom and on the athletic field will help, but should not be the determining factor. Try and make each day positive not only for you, but for someone else, as well!

All content property of Billy Shepherd Sports

IHSAA Student-Athlete Tip of the Week (5-15-17)
“Promoting education based athletics in Indiana”

As a big sports fan, there’s nothing more gratifying than watching an athlete that plays with enthusiasm and high energy. No showboating, not trying to show up an opponent or teammate, but just pure enthusiasm.

This weekend when we dropped off our nine year old grandson and parked our car, he was so excited for his baseball game. He ran to the diamond, he was the first player on the field each inning, and he even ran back to the dugout after striking out in his third at bat. In other words, he was having fun and enjoying the moment.

I know as you get older and games get more competitive and mean more, it’s easy to lose sight of the importance of having fun. However, there’s not a fan or coach anywhere that doesn’t respect and admire an athlete that is enthusiastic. Don’t ever lose sight of how your enthusiasm can have a positive effect in everything you do and say!

All content property of Billy Shepherd Sports

IHSAA Student-Athlete Tip of the Week (5-8-17)
“Promoting education based athletics in Indiana”

Are you looking forward to the end of the school year? Are you still applying yourself in the classroom? Are your grades where they need to be? Are you making excuses for any shortcomings or failures?

This is the time of year where it’s very easy to lose concentration on your academic and athletic prowess. In fact, the following statement from an NBA coach really applies to this last month of school, especially if you are struggling, somewhat.

“You have a choice. You can give in, you can give up, or you can give it your all.” Make the most of this last month of school. Give it your best. While this quote was spoken in a locker room, it applies as well to the student-athlete putting the final touches on the end of another school year.

Give it your all!

All content property of Billy Shepherd Sports

IHSAA Student-Athlete Tip of the Week (5-1-17)
“Promoting education based athletics in Indiana”

“Your next opponent doesn’t care about last week’s victory” was a quote I read recently that makes so much sense. It is so true. In athletics, yesterday doesn’t matter near as much as tomorrow does.

Are you able to move on after a sweet win? What about a tough loss? Does it hang with you or are you able to brush it off after a couple of days?

It has been said that the best athletes have short term memory. They don’t dwell on wins or losses or personal performance. Instead, they concentrate on improvement and trying to get better every day.

There is no doubt that a well-earned victory can be satisfying and self-serving, but in most cases it is forgotten about shortly. Successful players and coaches are always looking to the future and use the past as a gauge on how to make that successful!

All content property of Billy Shepherd Sports

IHSAA Student-Athlete Tip of the Week (4-24-17)
“Promoting education based athletics in Indiana”

Zak Keefer of the Indy Star wrote about NFL legend Peyton Manning and how he spent part of his off season every summer working on basic fundamentals with his brother Eli, under his former college quarterback coach.

Peyton was quoted as saying “Don’t think you ever got it all figured out, because the little things matter. And if you ever think the little things don’t matter, and you can brush those aside, I promise you in whatever you are doing, your game’s going to slip.”

So the next time you spend a big part of your practice working on fundamentals, or your coach encourages you to do so in the off season, recognize the importance. Manning did so for his entire career!

All content property of Billy Shepherd Sports

IHSAA Student-Athlete Tip of the Week (4-17-17)
“Promoting education based athletics in Indiana”

Have you ever had a coach make the comment to you or a teammate by saying the words “you are thinking too much”? If so, what would those words mean to you? It more than likely means that you are “overthinking” or not playing by natural instincts.

Sports are played best by those who think less and play naturally. In other words, a baseball or softball player might overthink their time at bat by waiting for a perfect pitch. Regardless of the sport, there is always a scenario where “overthinking” is a detriment, rather than a plus.

Try to relax in those stressful situations and rely on those natural instincts.  Focus on your role, your training and how your coach has instructed you. If you block out all other distractions, you will be free to play to your best ability and do what comes naturally!

All content property of Billy Shepherd Sports

IHSAA Student-Athlete Tip of the Week (4-3-17)
“Promoting education based athletics in Indiana”

Spring sports have started, the weather is changing, and there are less than two months of school left. How would you grade your performance in the classroom for this school year? Whether you think good or bad of yourself, you still have time for a good, solid finish.

This is the time of year that student-athletes sometimes forget the importance of their performance in the classroom. Instead of working hard on your grades, you are day dreaming ahead to summer vacation or graduation. Don’t let that happen. Don’t take days off. Make the classroom a priority whether you play spring sports or not.

The next two months can make a difference in your class rank. The next two months can enhance your grade point average. Make that your top priority.

Don’t look at the next few weeks as the ending of another school year. Instead, put a high emphasis on your classroom work so you can truly enjoy the summer when it finally gets here!

All content property of Billy Shepherd Sports

IHSAA Student-Athlete Tip of the Week (3-27-17)
“Promoting education based athletics in Indiana”

What do the words “body language” mean to you? Do you get excited easily or are you even-tempered while playing your sport? How do you manage your emotions, in good situations and bad?

Your coach and the average fan will form an opinion of you by your actions during tense and trying moments. How do you react on a negative play? Do you shrug your shoulders and put the blame on others? What’s your reaction when you make a good play? How do you react when your coach takes you out of the game for making a mistake?

Never under estimate the importance of keeping your emotions in check and not letting others know how you are feeling inside. Those with good “body language” will always appear to be confident and in control of any situation!

All content property of Billy Shepherd Sports

IHSAA Student-Athlete Tip of the Week (3-20-17)

“Promoting education based athletics in Indiana”

What’s your mental state like before a big game or an important test? Are you unsure or afraid to fail? Are you confident? Do you feel prepared? Are you afraid of the potential result?

Most athletes, at every level, would tell you that they are a little nervous before that big game.  If you don’t have those butterflies in your belly, I would be very surprised.

But why are you nervous may determine the end result. If you aren’t prepared, don’t anticipate positive results.

But if you are nervous because of the anticipation of the game and you are prepared, you will find yourself confident and ready for the challenge ahead!

All content property of Billy Shepherd Sports

IHSAA Student-Athlete Tip of the Week (3-13-17)
“Promoting education based athletics in Indiana”

“The thrill of victory and the agony of defeat” is a saying that’s been around the sports world for a long time. It’s still applicable today and applies to all sports, team or individual.

You have all played sports long enough to be on the winning end of an exciting or unexpected victory. The same can be said about that devastating loss.

The agony of defeat seems to set in when it happens in your final game. Whether it’s players playing in the NCAA Tournament or your local high school finale, that last loss is one that stays with you a lifetime.

While it seems like the end of the world the moment it happens, we all know that it isn’t. Use those disappointing moments to inspire you to move onto bigger and greater things!

All content property of Billy Shepherd Sports

IHSAA Student-Athlete Tip of the Week (3-6-17)
“Promoting education based athletics in Indiana”

One of the great success stories this year is about a Division III basketball team, Whitman College in Walla Walla, Washington. Their 27-0 record is only part of the story. Their unconventional coach, Eric Bridgeland, is a realist who relates to his players in a very unique way. The following quote from USA Today sums up his approach:

“If you could wish your team one thing, I would wish they are having a blast and that they don’t feel pressure. So that’s what we are doing. In our team visualization before every game, we talk about being creative and enthusiastic in handling these awesome situations we get into.”

Do you visualize success before your game?  This may be a key to Whitman’s success and yours!

All content property of Billy Shepherd Sports

IHSAA Student-Athlete Tip of the Week (2-27-17)
“Promoting education based athletics in Indiana”

This is boys basketball sectional week.  Past history says it’s a week of surprises. Will we have a snowstorm? What ranked team will be the first out? What school will provide the biggest shock of the week? Is your school a favorite or the underdog to take the sectional crown?

There is nothing more fun than participating in an event that the whole school gets behind. Whether it’s a school play, a choral event, or a team advancing along in a state tournament, it’s fun to be involved as the excitement grows and the event arrives.

As a member of your student body, make it a point to get involved in the week’s festivities. The support shown by the students might make a difference in the outcome of that close game. History could be made and the memories from those exciting games could be something that you remember and talk about fifty years later!

All content property of Billy Shepherd Sports

IHSAA Student-Athlete Tip of the Week (2-13-17)
“Promoting education based athletics in Indiana”

Super Bowl 51 was Tom Brady’s fifth title. His leadership and grit helped lead his team back from a 28-3 deficit. This game will no doubt seal Brady’s legacy as the best quarterback to ever play the game.

However, Brady still realizes he is part of the team and not the team. When asked why there has never been any friction between him and his coach, Brady answers quite simply: “He’s the coach, I’m the player.” That simple philosophy is a quality that all athletes should take to heart.

Do you listen to your coach? Do you let outside influences affect your attitude towards your coach? If your coach asks you to do something, do you abide? The most successful teams are those that believe in their coach and the system he (she) runs!

All content property of Billy Shepherd Sports 

IHSAA Student-Athlete Tip of the Week (2-6-17)
“Promoting education based athletics in Indiana”

College basketball is getting close to tournament time, and one of the best mid-majors in the country, Illinois State, has relied on good defense while standing atop the Missouri Valley Conference, according to their coach Dan Muller.

Defense is important in all team sports. It’s often been said that defense wins championships. Muller has been quoted as saying that “the key has been on defense. We aren’t afraid to call each other out if one of us gets beat.”

Defensive accountability is an important part of team success. When a teammate fails to do their part, there’s a right way to point out a weakness or slip up. If you must call out a teammate, do so in a positive way.  It’s how you deliver the message that will either inspire your teammate or have a negative effect on the entire team!

All content property of Billy Shepherd Sports 

IHSAA Student-Athlete Tip of the Week (1-30-17)
“Promoting education based athletics in Indiana”

Super Bowl 51 will feature the New England Patriots and the Atlanta Falcons this Sunday. Will you watch the game? The human interest stories on the coaches, players and their families are a good reason to tune in.

Of all the big televised sporting events, the Super Bowl commentary provides more insight into the personal life, successes and failures of these talented athletes (both starters and reserves) than any other.

The event should be outstanding, but the stories told on how these players got here and the challenges they faced are the stories you want to hear.

By watching, you will find a story or comment that will inspire you to become a better student-athlete than you are today!

All content property of Billy Shepherd Sports

IHSAA Student-Athlete Tip of the Week (1-23-17)
“Promoting education based athletics in Indiana”

There are many factors that determine how you can become a successful student-athlete. Have you given any thought on how and why certain student-athletes make a positive impact on their school?

I believe the formula can be summed up in three simple words: Grades over Games. The foundation of being successful starts in the classroom. If you dig in academically, it actually makes your involvement in sports an easy transition. The same principles and work habits apply in both.

Sports are short-lived but serve a great purpose. Academics last you a lifetime. While big games are easy to fret over, it’s the daily classroom work that prepares you for the future. Grades over Games is the true formula for future success!

All content property of Billy Shepherd Sports 

IHSAA Student-Athlete Tip of the Week (1-16-17)
“Promoting education based athletics in Indiana”

This past week an NFL general manager was asked to respond to the poor behavior of his star player, wide receiver Odell Beckham, after a tough playoff loss. Jerry Reese was quoted as saying, “He’s a smart guy but sometimes he doesn’t do smart things.”

Players at all levels have a responsibility of acting properly before, during, and after games. In today’s society, athletes must be aware that almost every negative incident can be tweeted about or seen on video. Nothing, and especially negative behavior, goes unnoticed.

Everyone slips up from time to time. However, doing and saying destructive things should never enter the equation. Make sure your actions and attitude represent you, your school and your team in a first class way!

All content property of Billy Shepherd Sports

IHSAA Student-Athlete Tip of the Week (1-9-17)
“Promoting education based athletics in Indiana”

All schools have their rivalry games. What teams on your schedule would you consider to be a rival? Do they look at you as a rival?

Rival games draw bigger crowds and more excitement. That means more exposure and more eyes on every moment of the game. Sometimes under the spotlight tempers fly and athletes do things out of their character. Are you capable of keeping your cool and composure during tense moments?

The next time you are in a big game (or really any game at all), take time before the game to reflect on how you will react if tempers escalate and the game gets rough and out of control. Will you keep your composure, regardless of what others do?

Don’t let your hard work and reputation slip during those big moments!

All content property of Billy Shepherd Sports

IHSAA Student-Athlete Tip of the Week (1-3-17)
“Promoting education based athletics in Indiana”

School is back in session and 2017 is here. What did you learn from your sports experience during 2016? What changes will you make in the new year? What will you do the same?

Be truthful in the analysis. Knowing what you did well will be evident, but looking for areas of improvement may be more challenging to come up with. If need be, have a conversation with your coaches and get their insight.

Set attainable goals for this new year that challenge you. Push yourself harder than you have in the past. Most importantly, strive to become the type of student-athlete that coaches and teammates can count on!

All content property of Billy Shepherd Sports Inc.

IHSAA Student-Athlete Tip of the Week (12-19-16)
“Promoting education based athletics in Indiana”

Most student-athletes look at winter break as a good time to get away from the classroom and athletic events and practice. It’s good to get away from the everyday grind.

However, I’m reminded of what former Butler University and current Boston Celtics coach Brad Stevens once told me about his philosophy when it comes to conditioning and what he expects of his athletes.

He said he believes that regardless of the sport, a dedicated athlete should never be more than 5 days away from being in top condition. So whether it’s coming out of a vacation or just a few days off, keep that thought in mind. You should never fall too far behind in your physical conditioning!

All content property of Billy Shepherd Sports Inc.

IHSAA Student-Athlete Tip of the Week (12-12-16)
“Promoting education based athletics in Indiana”

While watching my grandson play a youth basketball game over the weekend, I was impressed with his attitude and concentration while he wasn’t in the game.   At his age, they play an equal amount of time so all the kids spend time on the bench.  In contrast to his young teammates, it was noticeable that he was focused on watching his teammates and the game.

In high school team sports more than half of the players are not participating in the game at a given time.  Can you say that you or your teammates stay focused on the game or match when you are not in the game?  Are you still involved or disinterested?

Concentrating on the game when you are on the bench is no guarantee of success when you get your chance to play, but it does show that you are engaged and care about the end result. Those that stay involved mentally while not playing have a much higher success rate when their chance finally comes or its time to give someone a rest!

All content property of Billy Shepherd Sports Inc.

IHSAA Student-Athlete Tip of the Week (12-5-16)
“Promoting education based athletics in Indiana”

There are times when underclassmen view their future athletic success as making the varsity and getting playing time in the 9th or 10th grade. Are you one of those athletes? Did your parents put pressure on you or did you put pressure on yourself?

Sometimes (really most of the time) you must wait your turn. There’s absolutely nothing wrong with that. Take advantage of the freshmen and junior varsity experience to develop your game.  And more importantly, don’t become discouraged because it’s how you perform as a junior and senior that really counts.

Don’t pressure yourself early on if you need more time for skill development and maturity. Sometimes the really good athletes are late bloomers!

All content property of Billy Shepherd Sports Inc.

IHSAA Student-Athlete Tip of the Week (11-28-16)
“Promoting education based athletics in Indiana”

Do you set goals for yourself in the classroom and in your sport? Do you follow through at the end of your grading period and the conclusion of your sport’s season and grade your results?

For the student who may be struggling, or the athlete that is going through a slump, have you ever thought of setting short term goals? Short term goals are easier to track and they can supply instant gratification and encouragement if you achieve them.

If you are having a tough challenge or not achieving the playing time and results you desire, think about setting short term goals that challenge you in the short term. Whether it’s to work harder, make your teammates better, or just impressing your coach, do the things necessary to separate yourself from the others on your team!

All content property of Billy Shepherd Sports Inc.

IHSAA Student-Athlete Tip of the Week (11-14-16)
“Promoting education based athletics in Indiana”

What does the word “sportsmanship” mean to you? If you ask your classmates, I’m sure you would get a variety of answers.

Some student-athletes might view sportsmanship as a handshake after a game. Others may say it’s your attitude during a game. And others may say it’s never getting mad and showing your temper. All would be correct.

I challenge you to think about sportsmanship during the entire school day and during your sporting events as well. Good sportsmanship shouldn’t be a reaction. Instead, make it a habit. Whether it’s being complimentary in the classroom, hallway, or field/court of play, take pride in being a good sport every day!

All content property of Billy Shepherd Sports Inc.

IHSAA Student-Athlete Tip of the Week (11-7-16)
“Promoting education based athletics in Indiana”

This past week the Chicago Cubs won their first World Series in over 100 years. As told by their front office personnel, it took thousands of small sacrifices by players and people throughout the organization to finally bring an end to the longest dry spell in baseball history.

Good things in sports don’t happen by accident. Take your school team as an example. Coaches prepare all year long for a season that might last three months. Athletes train the year around and hope the improvement shows when their season begins. Every team/individual aims to win its last game of the year because it would mean a state championship.

But nothing great happens without everyone being on the same page. What are the big and small sacrifices that it takes to give your team a championship shot?

All content property of Billy Shepherd Sports Inc.

IHSAA Student-Athlete Tip of the Week (10-31-16)
“Promoting education based athletics in Indiana”

There are many benefits of having a positive outlook.  It’s helpful in the in the classroom, in your sports endeavors, and in life in general.

In my experience as an athlete and coaching student-athletes, I know that having an upbeat, positive attitude can lift other people around you.  You may be frustrated at times, but if your overall mindset is positive, you will move on quicker than your teammates and opponents.

Your emotions show up when least expected. If high performance is your goal, then embrace the fact that positive emotions plays a more important role than most student-athletes realize. Conquering your emotions will help you attain greater success in every walk of life!

All content property of Billy Shepherd Sports Inc.

IHSAA Student-Athlete Tip of the Week (10-24-16)
“Promoting education based athletics in Indiana”

Today’s student-athlete knows the importance of size, speed and strength. However, the ability to develop the fundamentals and skills of your sport is just as important.

Someone once said, “if you are good enough, you are big enough.”

What truly separates athletes at the high school level is skill development, work ethic, and knowledge of your sport.  If you are fundamentally sound, work hard every day in practice, and pay attention to what your coach expects of you, then you can overcome bigger, faster or even stronger competitors.

Time takes care of physical development.  In the meantime, work on your skills to assure you don’t fall behind!

All content property of Billy Shepherd Sports Inc.

IHSAA Student-Athlete Tip of the Week (10-17-16)
“Promoting education based athletics in Indiana”

What inspires you to become a better student-athlete?

Is it something one of your coaches said? Is it something you read or saw quoted somewhere? Is it a game you saw on television or attended in person? Was it an older athlete at your school that you looked up to?

World class soccer star Carli Lloyd of the USA and her personal coach James Galanis go with the following quote to stay energetic and hard at work: “You have to empty the tank every time you are on the field. The moment you think you have arrived, you are in trouble.”

Why not find a quote or story that fits your style and personality? It might be the solution that keeps you focused and driven to achieve your highest results!

All content property of Billy Shepherd Sports Inc.

IHSAA Student-Athlete Tip of the Week (10-10-16)
“Promoting education based athletics in Indiana”

Are you an athlete that enjoys practice as much as the games? Do you realize how important practices are to your coaches? Do you work hard in practice or just show up and put in your time?

Practice time is your opportunity to show your coaches what you are made of. Are you prepared each day? Do you work your hardest? Do you take instruction in a positive way? Is your attitude good, day in and day out?

All athletes like performing on game day. However, it’s the ones that perform during practice that become the most trusted in the eyes of the coaching staff. Practice each day like it is the most important game of the season. By doing so, you show your coaches that you can be counted on when the next game begins!

All content property of Billy Shepherd Sports Inc.

IHSAA Student-Athlete Tip of the Week (10-3-16)
“Promoting education based athletics in Indiana”

A local pastor said “The only thing that spreads faster than fire is gossip. Gossip destroys individuals, teams, coaches, and friendships.”

The environment you live in (home) and practice and play in (school) can be directly affected by negative viewpoints and untrue rumors (gossip).

Are you capable and can you encourage your teammates to take the high road? Stop gossip early by controlling your own actions and words. Unity wins over gossip every single time!

All content property of Billy Shepherd Sports Inc.

IHSAA Student-Athlete Tip of the Week (9-26-16)
“Promoting education based athletics in Indiana”

An NFL line coach was reminiscing about a former player and how he was the most coachable athlete he’d ever encountered. Howard Mudd, formerly of the Indianapolis Colts, said “he was the kind of player that was so coachable that you better not tell him the wrong thing because he’s gonna do exactly what you tell him.”

No doubt that coaches respect this kind of athlete. Doing what a coach wants and expects out of you can go a long way in determining your playing time and your value to the team.

Can your coach count on you? If you can answer “yes”, then you more than likely fall in the category of being coachable!

All content property of Billy Shepherd Sports Inc.

IHSAA Student-Athlete Tip of the Week (9-19-16)
“Promoting education based athletics in Indiana”

Former soccer great Mia Hamm was once quoted as saying “celebrate what you’ve accomplished, but also raise the bar a little higher each time you succeed.”

Most athletes that reach the pinnacle of their sport have a knack for doing just that. They remain hungry and stay focused after reaching short term goals. They also think about development and improvement regardless of what happened the day before, good or bad.

It’s really a challenge to balance success while keeping an eye on consistent improvement. Those that master that concept will be the ones that succeed when it counts the most!

All content property of Billy Shepherd Sports Inc.

IHSAA Student-Athlete Tip of the Week (9-12-16)
“Promoting education based athletics in Indiana”

Are you playing high school sports for the pure pleasure of your sport, or are you using your high school experience as a stepping stone to college sports?

Getting to the college level can be very challenging. Take football for example. There are 774 college football teams (in all divisions). Most states have anywhere from 200-450 high schools that have a football program. Those numbers show the challenges facing today’s high school athletes who want to move on and play at the college level.

This ratio remains about the same, regardless of your sport. The odds are stacked against you. That’s why you should take the time and make the effort to enjoy high school sports. Your sporting days could come to an end at any time!

All content property of Billy Shepherd Sports Inc.

IHSAA Student-Athlete Tip of the Week (9-5-16)
“Promoting education based athletics in Indiana”

Swimmer Lilly King (IHSAA state champion from Evansville and Olympic gold medal winner) has been a headliner in the national news.

While her two gold medals have been part of the conversation, it’s been more about her comments and firm beliefs about athletes cheating by using performance enhancing drugs. She believes in fair play.

Despite her young age and participating in the Olympics for the first time, she stood up for what’s right! Then she backed it up by winning the gold medals.

There’s so much to be said about doing things the right way and following the rules. Next time you think about taking a shortcut or doing something knowingly wrong, think again. Someone will eventually call you out!

All content property of Billy Shepherd Sports Inc.

IHSAA Student-Athlete Tip of the Week (5-9-16)
“Promoting education based athletics in Indiana”

Last week was the NFL draft. As always, there were some surprises as to where the college stars landed and which teams would select them.

But regardless, there is always competition. The draft assures nothing.

New Denver Broncos quarterback Mark Sanchez said it best. “If you are confident in your ability, you have no problem helping a guy.”

If you are an upperclassmen, take this suggestion to heart. Always be of help to the young players on your team and encourage them constantly. Your leadership and attitude will truly affect their growth as a player and student-athlete!

All content property of Billy Shepherd Sports Inc.

IHSAA Student-Athlete Tip of the Week (5-2-16)
“Promoting education based athletics in Indiana”

Legendary golfer Jack Nicklaus was quoted in Sports Illustrated saying “How many 22-year-olds ask anybody for advice?” He was impressed about the surprising trend of young PGA Tour players visiting him in search of tips.

Who do you look to for advice outside of your parents or coaches? Have you ever thought about reaching out to a former player in your community for a tip or two?

Whether you are 15 or 22, you are never too young to keep learning. Seeking advice from someone older that has experience in your sport could give you a different philosophy and viewpoint on how to improve your game!

All content property of Billy Shepherd Sports Inc.

IHSAA Student-Athlete Tip of the Week (4-25-16)
“Promoting education based athletics in Indiana”

A recent survey of 410 human resource professionals shows that 36% of companies in the U.S. have disqualified job candidates because of concerning information on social media/online search.

Just this past week an ESPN employee was terminated for an ill-advised post on his Twitter account. Do you get the picture? You must be aware at all times of what you are posting and talking about on social media.

Most student-athletes don’t realize how serious the consequences might be for something they deem non-important when voicing their opinions and thoughts on social media.

Your actions today can affect your future of tomorrow. Don’t be careless or thoughtless with your words!

All content property of Billy Shepherd Sports Inc.

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

All teachers and coaches use the expression “no excuses” from time to time. Have you made excuses for not playing well or making a poor grade in the classroom? It’s easy to place blame on others to cover-up your own deficiencies.

However, making excuses is rarely justified. Not only that, teachers and coaches don’t like hearing about it.

Other than sickness or a justified injury, don’t use a weak excuse if you under-perform. Instead, take accountability and move on to your next challenge. By doing so, you will gain the respect and confidence of all those around you!

All content property of Billy Shepherd Sports Inc.

IHSAA Student-Athlete Tip of the Week (4-11-16)
“Promoting education based athletics in Indiana”

Most coaches tell their athletes to be careful about their content when it comes to tweeting. Let’s face it, it’s more fun to tweet about success instead of failure.

However, if you are a high school athlete, chances are you will have more subpar moments than successful ones. It’s part of being an athlete.

PGA golfer Ricky Fowler had one of those bad moments in the first round of the Masters, shooting a high score and giving himself no chance of winning. Critics were making fun of his high-top golf shoes.

His tweet said “I was always taught if you don’t have anything nice to say don’t say anything at all.” How do you react to negative comments and subpar games? Most of us are sensitive and care about how others perceive us.

Can you react in a positive way and make no excuses? Whether you tweet or not, don’t say anything that you might regret later. Failure can be a part of any sporting event and it is nothing to be ashamed of!

All content property of Billy Shepherd Sports Inc.

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

With the 2016 Masters getting ready to take place in Augusta, Georgia, players are getting prepared in different ways.  Some chose to play in tournaments last week, and others decided to play practice rounds on the Augusta course.

Zach Johnson, a former Masters champion, talked about his preparation like this: “When the outcome becomes the issue, you have lost everything.”

As a student-athlete, be like Zach and don’t lose focus on the importance of practice and preparation. Don’t look at the final outcome of a game or season ahead of all the individual and team practices.

Practice and preparation will provide positive outcomes, even though all of them won’t be winning ones!

All content property of Billy Shepherd Sports Inc.

IHSAA Student-Athlete Tip of the Week (3-14-16)
“Promoting education based athletics in Indiana”

One of the many challenges facing today’s student-athlete is how to avoid burnout. Do you play one sport or multiple sports? Do you train the year around or part time? Have you given up another sport in the last year or two?

Burnout can come from a variety of reasons. Some include putting too much pressure on yourself, having higher expectations than reasonable, and feeling pressure from a coach or your parents.

The best way to avoid burnout is to constantly remind yourself that you play sports for the fun and enjoyment. Don’t ever lose that perspective.

While it’s hard to take time off during the season, be sure to give yourself time away in the off season. Burnout stems from doing the same thing over and over again. Be sure to change training habits in the off season. And most importantly remember, sports is only a game.

Be sure to treat it that way!

All content property of Billy Shepherd Sports Inc.

IHSAA Student-Athlete Tip of the Week (3-7-16)
“Promoting education based athletics in Indiana”

One of the many responsibilities of a coach or teacher is to correct the student-athlete when you do something wrong or need improvement. How are you when it comes to handling constructive criticism or suggestions?

Remember, there are all different styles and deliveries when teaching or coaching someone. Be sure to listen to the message. Some will be negative in the delivery, others will be positive. But filter the delivery and listen to the message.

Handling criticism and instruction will only make you better. Everyone needs improvement, so take those suggestions to help you become a better person, student, and athlete!

All content property of Billy Shepherd Sports Inc.

IHSAA Student-Athlete Tip of the Week (2-29-16)
“Promoting education based athletics in Indiana”

Have you ever been leery or unsure of playing for a new coach? Coaching changes are very common in this day and age, and whether it’s moving on from the freshmen team to junior varsity to varsity, every athlete goes through this experience.

How will you adjust? Sometimes you look forward to a change, and other times you will be apprehensive. Regardless, you have to prepare yourself to be ready, especially mentally ready.

A quote from a newly appointed football coach in the SEC said it best. “The team is much more willing than I anticipated, much more eager than I expected, more unified than I ever imagined.”

Change will be much smoother if you and your teammates are willing, eager, and unified! Can you help lead the way?

All content property of Billy Shepherd Sports Inc.

IHSAA Student-Athlete Tip of the Week (2-22-16)
“Promoting education based athletics in Indiana”

Have you ever been in a situation in the classroom or in a sport where you thought about giving up? What brought the situation about? Was the class too hard? In your sport, were you lacking playing time or not playing at all?

Regardless of your circumstances, it can be frustrating when things look bleak. How can you change your approach to help your frustration?

A quote I saw on a poster when recently entering a gymnasium says it best. “You are not finished when you lose. You are finished when you quit.”

The next time you think about giving up, remember this quote. You might not always win, but by not quitting you will never lose!

All content property of Billy Shepherd Sports Inc.

IHSAA Student-Athlete Tip of the Week (2-15-16)
“Promoting education based athletics in Indiana”

Are you familiar with your school’s athletic code of conduct? I’m sure it is discussed at the beginning of each sport as you start that season. All student-athletes need to be aware of the do’s and don’ts of what is expected, in and out of season.

Rules and regulations are laid out and you are expected to follow them. If you have any questions or you are not sure of a rule, sit down with a coach or the athletic director for any clarity.

Following these rules is a no-brainier. Don’t look for shortcuts and exceptions. If you do something wrong, expect to pay the consequences!

All content property of Billy Shepherd Sports Inc.

IHSAA Student-Athlete Tip of the Week (2-8-16)
“Promoting education based athletics in Indiana”

All student-athletes like a pat on the back from time to time. It’s human nature. Are you good at handing out the pat on the back? Do you make a conscious effort to do so?

There’s nothing wrong with complimenting a teammate, teacher, coach or classmate. In fact, I highly encourage it. So many times the student-athlete gets caught up worrying too much about themselves and how they are feeling and forgetting about others that they come in contact with on a daily basis.

Make it a point to give a daily compliment to someone at your school. Be someone who can pick others up and be a positive influence on all of those around you!

All content property of Billy Shepherd Sports Inc.

IHSAA Student-Athlete Tip of the Week (2-1-16)
“Promoting education based athletics in Indiana”

Playing team sports can be a fun and rewarding experience. It can also be challenging and frustrating at times.

Regardless, very few teams finish the season with the same starting line-up or personnel that it began the season with. Whether it’s injuries, coach’s decision, or players making big improvements, the end of the season usually looks nothing like the start.

That’s why it is so important that all team members embrace every practice as an opportunity to improve and give themselves a better chance of earning playing time. You never know when your chance will arrive, but chances are you will get your opportunity sometime during a long and arduous season.

All content property of Billy Shepherd Sports Inc.

IHSAA Student-Athlete Tip of the Week (1-25-16)
“Promoting education based athletics in Indiana”

How do you view your participation in sports and extra-curricular activities? Is it a right or is it a privilege?

Anytime you are part of a school team, your participation is a privilege you have earned. There are rules and guidelines that you must follow or what you have earned can be taken away. There are consequences for bad actions and bad decisions.

In light of two high school girls basketball seasons being cancelled (for girls and fans losing their composure and fighting during the contest), let it be a lesson to all. Sports participation is a privilege and this privilege can be and should be taken away in extreme cases where teams and fans lose focus on the number one priority of any high school sporting event, sportsmanship!

All content property of Billy Shepherd Sports Inc.

IHSAA Student-Athlete Tip of the Week (1-18-16)
“Promoting education based athletics in Indiana”

We have all heard the saying that athletes are made in the off-season. How about good teammates? When are they made? How would you describe a good teammate?

Here are a few attributes of a good teammate: You care as much about your teammates as you care for yourself. You respect your teachers and coaches equally. You feel a sense of community. Winning is more important than individual fame. You set a good example both on and off the field of play.

Good teammates are made by striving to do the right thing all day long and all season long. Being a good teammate is contagious in a positive way. When every player on the team really cares about every teammate, the formula for success is in the making.

Do you have what it takes to be a good teammate?

All content property of Billy Shepherd Sports Inc.

IHSAA Student-Athlete Tip of the Week (1-11-16)
“Promoting education based athletics in Indiana”

After 12 seasons and winning 2 Super Bowls, New York Giants coach Tom Coughlin retired last week. His outgoing speech to the media was how deeply he felt about the importance of fostering team chemistry.

Regardless of what sport you play or at what level you are participating, this quote about team and unity will apply to you.

“My contention is there is a higher ground, a greater purpose. That purpose is team, it is the team concept. Winning, losing, playing hard, playing well, doing it for each other, winning the right way. That’s what motivates and inspires us. Championships are won by teams who love one another, who love and respect one another, who play for and support one another.”

All content property of Billy Shepherd Sports Inc.

IHSAA Student-Athlete Tip of the Week (1-4-16)
“Promoting education based athletics in Indiana”

Don’t take this the wrong way, but most student-athletes reading this tip are not the best player on their team. Not only that, you probably aren’t the fastest, strongest or biggest. How do you overcome those challenges?

If you are looking for hope and inspiration to start this New Year, you need to look no further than this quote from arguably the best golfer of all-time, Tiger Woods.

“People don’t understand that when I grew up, I was never the most talented. I was never the biggest. I was never the fastest. I certainly was never the strongest. The only thing I had was my work ethic, and that’s been what has gotten me this far.”

Developing a solid work ethic not only helps you in the classroom and sports, it also helps you in the game of life!

All content property of Billy Shepherd Sports Inc.

IHSAA Student-Athlete Tip of the Week (12-14-15)
“Promoting education based athletics in Indiana”

When it comes right down to it, what separates the elite student-athlete from the one who might under achieve?

Is it all based on talent? Is it understanding the strategy of your sport and how to apply it? Is it about effort and outworking your teammates and opponents?

Whether you are the best player on the team or just trying to earn more playing time, I’ve heard many coaches and former players say over the years, “the most impressive trait of a good athlete is playing within the ability of yourself and not trying to do too much.”

Does your game fit within those parameters? If so, you should find plenty of success and playing time!

All content property of Billy Shepherd Sports Inc.

IHSAA Student-Athlete Tip of the Week (12-7-15)
“Promoting education based athletics in Indiana”

Does your coach talk with you about the use of social media? Are there specific rules and guidelines initiated by your athletic department? Do you follow the guidelines and expectations?

A tweet with “insensitive language” caused a Massachusetts cheerleader to be banned from her squad for the rest of the season. This should be a reminder to all student-athletes to think twice before posting any questionable material on social media.

What may not seem foolish or insensitive to you could offend someone else. Don’t deter your academic and athletic quests by the push of a button!

All content property of Billy Shepherd Sports Inc.

IHSAA Student-Athlete Tip of the Week (11-30-15)
“Promoting education based athletics in Indiana”

What’s your mental approach when you are in a slump or having trouble getting playing time? Do you sulk? Do you feel sorry for yourself? Do you blame the coach or take accountability? How do you react in game time situations, especially in rival games?

Gary Danielson, color commentator for CBS and former college (Purdue) and professional quarterback, said something during a recent broadcast that makes plenty of sense.

“In the biggest games it’s the littlest things that make all the difference.” Sometimes when we look at the big picture, we forget about all the little things that can lead to success.  Pay attention to those little things along the way to lift yourself up when it really counts!

All content property of Billy Shepherd Sports Inc.

IHSAA Student-Athlete Tip of the Week (11-23-15)
“Promoting education based athletics in Indiana”

Training under supervision is much easier than training when no one is watching. Wouldn’t you agree?

Carli Lloyd, female soccer star and 2015 Sportsman of the Year in Sports Illustrated, gives all of her credit to success to her training when no one was watching.

She almost quit soccer at age 21, but 12 years later she led the USA to the gold in the Women’s World Cup because of her strict training program.

“If a player trains when nobody is watching, she might be able to do superhuman things when the entire world is watching.” Lloyd did!

When you start training for your next season, coaches don’t have to be watching. What you do on your own will make the biggest difference!

All content property of Billy Shepherd Sports Inc.

IHSAA Student-Athlete Tip of the Week (11-16-15)
“Promoting education based athletics in Indiana”

How do you view competition for a starting position on your high school team? It’s sometimes tough to accept losing a starting spot.

Andrew Whitworth, a starting offensive lineman for the Cincinnati Bengals, has an approach (quoted in Sports Illustrated) that can help you with that dilemma. The Bengals continue to draft good offensive lineman yearly and he welcomes each one with open arms. He even gives them tips on how to get better.

“At the end of the day, who you are as a man (woman) is more important than who you are as a football player. For (those guys) to one day be as good as they can possibly be is more important than whether or not they beat me out. If you’re a true warrior, competition doesn’t scare you. It makes you better.”

Hopefully you can apply this type of attitude the next time you are fighting for your position!

All content property of Billy Shepherd Sports Inc.

IHSAA Student-Athlete Tip of the Week (11-9-15)
“Promoting education based athletics in Indiana”

Athletes are always faced with challenges. One of the toughest is to finish out a game, meet, or match that you have no chance to win.

When you reach that point where you know it’s a loss, how do you react? Do you give up? Do you hang your head? Do you cop an attitude?

How you finish those types of games says a lot about you. Do you still give 100%? Are you still positive with your teammates? Do you make up excuses?

The next time you are involved in a sporting event and the time on the clock tells you it’s a loss, don’t let it reflect on your end of the game behavior. Handle it with class and move on immediately to your next challenge!

All content property of Billy Shepherd Sports Inc.

IHSAA Student-Athlete Tip of the Week (11-2-15)
“Promoting education based athletics in Indiana”

The University of Toledo is not known as a college football power, but they find themselves ranked in the Top 20 in the Amway Coaches Poll. There are plenty of reasons why, but the number one reason is their coach, Matt Campbell, and his great approach.

You must admire his philosophy. Here, in a few words, is what Campbell talked about in a recent article in USA Today:

“As much as this is about winning and losing games, we’re still teachers. With everything these guys are going through, it’s hard. We were all 18 or 19 once, but we can’t lose the fundamentals of how to do things the right way from yes sir, no sir, please and thank you’ to how do I carry myself the right way to do the right thing? It’s not just about football.”

Let the simple things in life be the foundation you build your life upon!

All content property of Billy Shepherd Sports Inc.

IHSAA Student-Athlete Tip of the Week (10-26-15)
“Promoting education based athletics in Indiana”

Everyone that plays athletics at any level will suffer a tough loss from time to time. If you are a Michigan football player, last week’s loss to rival Michigan State is as tough as they come.

Michigan’s punter fumbled the snap and MSU scored with no time left to win the game.  Was it the punter’s fault? Was it a bad snap? Was it a coaching decision? In the long run, it doesn’t really matter.

But one thing I do know is this: never let a play or game, good or bad, define you as a person. What really defines you is what you learn from your sport’s experience. Hopefully it makes you a better person and helps prepare you for future challenges in life!

All content property of Billy Shepherd Sports Inc.

IHSAA Student-Athlete Tip of the Week (10-19-15)
“Promoting education based athletics in Indiana”

Before the Major League Baseball playoffs began, Chicago Cub pitcher Jon Lester was reflecting on the youth of his teammates when he said that the playoffs are nothing that can be explained, they have to be experienced. Now the Cubs will have their chance to do so.

In all high school sports you have your playoffs in the form of state tournaments. Like most sporting events, the favorites are usually the ones that have performed the best during the regular season. However, state tournaments wipe the slate clean for every team, good or bad. It’s a fresh start.

Don’t predetermine your expected outcome based on your regular season record. Upsets and the unexpected seem to happen more than you think. So go into every game believing you have a chance to win, regardless of what happened in previous games or past history. It took the Cubs over 100 years to clinch a playoff berth on their home field. Hopefully you experience a big moment during your high school career!

All content property of Billy Shepherd Sports Inc.

IHSAA Student-Athlete Tip of the Week (10-12-15)
“Promoting education based athletics in Indiana”

Whether you are a starter for your team or a bench player (substitute), then it’s your responsibility to stay focused and ready when you are not in the game.

The Colts Andrew Luck did not play the last two games, but was still engaged on the sidelines, even getting water for his teammates. He knew he wasn’t playing, but did all that he could to contribute to his team.

Are you a positive influence on your team when you aren’t playing? Are you doing everything off the field (court) to help your team to a victory? Successful teams see enthusiasm from everyone!

All content property of Billy Shepherd Sports Inc.

IHSAA Student-Athlete Tip of the Week (10-5-15)
“Promoting education based athletics in Indiana”

What traits do you possess that set you apart from the other athletes in your sport? Do you give much thought about the little things that could make a big difference in your performance and playing time?

Too many times young athletes get caught up in the physical portion of their sport, forgetting about the importance of a good mental approach as well. Setting yourself apart from others mentally might be the key for more success and more playing time.

So concentrate on playing smarter by limiting your turnovers (regardless of your sport), and do away with foolish mistakes and mental errors. While no one is perfect, making fewer mistakes because of your mental toughness will give your coach the confidence to count on you when the going gets tough!

All content property of Billy Shepherd Sports Inc.

IHSAA Student-Athlete Tip of the Week (9-28-15)
“Promoting education based athletics in Indiana”

I read an article recently about a volleyball coach and her approach to her team about practice.

She stated to her players that they probably tell people all the time, “I have to go to practice, it’s a requirement.” You rarely tell people, “I get to go to volleyball practice. It’s an opportunity.”

What a difference in attitude! How you view something can make a significant improvement in your approach and the results you might get. Regardless of your sport, and whether you are in season or not, why not look at every practice as an opportunity? By doing so, you may find yourself having more fun and getting better results!

All content property of Billy Shepherd Sports Inc.

IHSAA Student-Athlete Tip of the Week (9-21-15)
“Promoting education based athletics in Indiana”

One of the many challenges facing the high school athlete is how to respond to the media (school newspaper, local paper, radio or television) after a hard earned victory or a tough defeat.

Athletes are most vulnerable after a tough loss. Choose your words carefully and think about what you want to say before you say it. Don’t make excuses and give credit where credit is due.

After a victory, it’s important to remain humble. There are usually multiple reasons your team wins, so give credit to all of those involved. Short answers are better than long ones.

The more you have the experience of talking with the media, the more comfortable you will become. Win or lose, enjoy the opportunity of your interview. It becomes easier with time!

All content property of Billy Shepherd Sports Inc.

IHSAA Student-Athlete Tip of the Week (9-14-15)
“Promoting education based athletics in Indiana”

This past week a Texas high school and two of its football players were involved in an ugly exchange with a football referee.  In short, the ref was blindsided and was intentionally run over and attacked by the two players.

As a student-athlete, you know that emotions run high when you are competing and trying to win. However, there is never a time to justify bad behavior. Regardless of the circumstance, never lose your cool and composure.

Part of competing fairly means respecting all of those involved: the officials, coaches, teammates, opponents, and the fans. It’s a fact that only one team can win, but everyone loses when bad behavior and bad decision making becomes the headlines!

All content property of Billy Shepherd Sports Inc.

IHSAA Student-Athlete Tip of the Week (9-7-15)
“Promoting education based athletics in Indiana”

The start of a new school year is usually fun and exciting. There’s nothing like a fresh start!

How do you keep that excitement brewing? Here are a few suggestions:

Keep up with your studies and make a habit of not falling behind. Eat healthy. Get plenty of rest/sleep. If you are presently involved in a sport, be engaged in the team and pay close attention to all the details it takes to become a contributor whether you start or not.

The first grading period will be here before you know it. Make that your top priority!

All content property of Billy Shepherd Sports Inc.

IHSAA Student-Athlete Tip of the Week (6-1-15)

                 “Promoting education based athletics in Indiana”

Don’t fool yourself by thinking that summer vacation is a time to relax if you are a high school athlete. In fact, just the opposite is true. Athletes are made in the summer.

We’ve all heard the saying that actions speak louder than words. I will take it one step further: Bring words to life.

Most athletes complain about playing time or the opportunity to play. Summertime is the time to do something about that. Make this summer the time that you dedicate all your efforts towards becoming better for the next school year!

All content property of Billy Shepherd Sports Inc.

IHSAA Student-Athlete Tip of the Week (5-25-15)

                     “Promoting education based athletics in Indiana”

How well do you read your coach? It can be difficult at times because some are outgoing, some keep to themselves, others wear their emotions on their sleeves, and some are just plain hard to read.

Don’t assume that a coach who is pushing you hard doesn’t believe in you; or conversely, if your coach doesn’t challenge you, don’t assume your performance is up to his/her standards.

Coaches will challenge you in different ways. No two coaches are alike. Don’t focus on whether your coach “likes” you as a person. Instead, remember that all coaches are focused on your performance, regardless of how they get their point across!

All content property of Billy Shepherd Sports Inc. 

IHSAA Student-Athlete Tip of the Week (5-18-15)

“Promoting education based athletics in Indiana”

How long have you been playing organized sports? Does it ever feel like you aren’t making progress and get in a rut from time to time?

Sometimes what you learn from a game or practice is more important than how you actually played. This is especially true in early season workouts and games.

Too many times athletes worry about today instead of focusing on the end result, and that is, how good you are at the end of a season.

While each practice and game are important, it’s also what you learn day to day that will determine how good you become!

All content property of Billy Shepherd Sports Inc.

IHSAA Student-Athlete Tip of the Week (5-11-15)
“Promoting education based athletics in Indiana”

Most student-athletes are on the go 365 days a year. There is little time off and plenty of pressure to perform at a high level. Do you ever reach a time of satisfaction? Do you enjoy or have fun with your participation? Does you sport consume you?

I feel a key to being successful and having fun is to enjoy your small accomplishments along the way. Whether it’s a good practice, improvement during a game, or just gaining more confidence in your abilities, enjoy those times.

At the end of the day it’s just a game, a sport you hopefully enjoy playing. Treat it that way!

All content property of Billy Shepherd Sports Inc.

IHSAA Student-Athlete Tip of the Week (5-4-15)

“Promoting education based athletics in Indiana”

A recent tweet from Indianapolis Star sportswriter Kyle Neddenriep stated that it “Seems obvious but crazy how much opinion of a player can change based on body language. Positive or negative.”

Regardless of your sport, or time of season, college coaches are forming opinions of your skills and attitude. Sure their opinion is based first on your ability to play, but not far behind comes your attitude – seen in your body language.

Whether it’s during a high school game, club sports or AAU, college coaches form an opinion of you based not only on your ability, but how you interact with your coach, teammates and officials.  Make sure you take control of the one thing you can control, and that’s your body language.  It might just be the difference-maker!

All content property of Billy Shepherd Sports Inc. 

IHSAA Student-Athlete Tip of the Week (4-27-15)

“Promoting education based athletics in Indiana”

PGA golfing great Tom Watson has said that he liked to picture legend Sam Snead’s swing when the heat was on.

The same can be said for whatever sport you play. When the pressure is on, visualize an athlete that excels under pressure, and picture his/her success in your mind.

When you get nervous or jittery, think about this technique to calm you down and get you relaxed.  Regardless of what routine you use, do so with a positive mindset that produces positive results. Sometimes, seeing is believing!

All content property of Billy Shepherd Sports Inc.

IHSAA Student-Athlete Tip of the Week (4-20-15)

“Promoting education based athletics in Indiana”

“Good habits are hard to form and easy to live with. Bad habits are easy to form and hard to live with.”
This quote by Brian Tracy holds true in all walks of life, and especially for the student-athlete.

Do you have good study habits and practice habits? What type of good habits are you trying to perfect away from school? Get the picture?

Work on those habits that will benefit you both for today and the future. Good habits will carry you a long way in all of your endeavors!

All content property of Billy Shepherd Sports Inc.

IHSAA Student-Athlete Tip of the Week (4-13-15)

“Promoting education based athletics in Indiana”

It’s funny how fame works.  A week ago few people knew the name Grayson Allen, unless you were a Duke basketball fan. Now he is known throughout basketball circles in America.

One game and how things can change.  When opportunity knocks on your door, will you be ready to take advantage of it?  Will you be prepared?  Grayson was. He was averaging 4 points per game prior to his national title game performance. When Coach K called his number, he responded.

If you are a substitute or role player for your team, are you going to respond when you are called upon? You may not be in the national spotlight, but your goal should be the same.  When you get your chance, be ready to capitalize on your opportunity!

All content property of Billy Shepherd Sports Inc.

IHSAA Student-Athlete Tip of the Week (4-6-15)
“Promoting education based athletics in Indiana”
There is always plenty of debate on how and why coaches are successful, and Duke coach Mike Krzyzewski gave some insight to USA today on how he continues to grow as a coach.

“A teacher should learn with every new year he or she has, as an opportunity to teach, because the students can bring out new things for you. I think when you stop learning, you should retire in whatever you do. Learning is what keeps you fresh.”

As a student-athlete, why not take a similar approach when it comes to your sport? Are you willing to take the attitude that you can still learn and want to learn? If so, you will have a greater chance of contributing to your team’s success!

All content property of Billy Shepherd Sports Inc.

IHSAA Student-Athlete Tip of the Week (3-30-15)
“Promoting education based athletics in Indiana”

Are you a student-athlete who occasionally disagrees with your coach?  It is not uncommon and as you interact with other adults you will find that differing points of view can be healthy.

Most importantly it is key that you learn to take the initiative (not your parents) and have a one on one discussion to express your concerns and share your perspective.

Hopefully both you and your coach will feel better after the conversation. Your coach has the ultimate authority, but you will be learning a valuable lesson about accepting direction from the person in charge.

All content property of Billy Shepherd Sports Inc. 

IHSAA Student-Athlete Tip of the Week (3-23-15)

“Promoting education based athletics in Indiana”

While watching the NCAA tournament this past week, it’s evident that college athletes and their teams have a huge advantage when it comes to controversial calls and the use of instant replay.

In high school, once the call is made there is no recourse. Are you able to move on to the next play?  Do you argue with officials?

Keep yourself focused and be sure to move on. Whether it’s a line call in tennis, holding in football, a called strike in baseball, or a block-charge in basketball, officials are going to miss some close calls.

How you bounce back is more important than complaining about a questionable call!

All content property of Billy Shepherd Sports Inc. 

IHSAA Student-Athlete Tip of the Week (3-16-15)

“Promoting education based athletics in Indiana”

The NCAA basketball tournament tips off this week and the Kentucky Wildcats will be the number one seed and the team to beat.

But this tournament is no different than the high school tournament in your sport.  While there may be a big favorite, there will be upsets and story lines along the way that people will talk about in the years ahead.

Don’t settle for what others think or predict when your tournament takes place. Don’t be over confident in games you should win, and don’t be intimidated if you are the underdog.

At the end there will be only one team standing. Why can’t that be your team someday!

All content property of Billy Shepherd Sports Inc.

IHSAA Student-Athlete Tip of the Week (3-9-15)

“Promoting education based athletics in Indiana”

For years upon years, teachers and coaches alike complain about how students and athletes don’t perform up to their capabilities.  Could this statement pertain to you in the classroom or field of play?

Pro golf commentator Johnny Miller said during last week’s telecast that “there’s nothing more common than wasted talent.”

Some student-athletes discover too late that they didn’t come close to reaching their potential and untapped ability.  Don’t look back someday and regret that you wasted a great opportunity by wasting your talents!

 All content property of Billy Shepherd Sports Inc. 

IHSAA Student-Athlete Tip of the Week (3-2-15)

“Promoting education based athletics in Indiana”

Finding a balance between enjoying success and then refocusing for your next challenge is not a simple dilemma.  

While you want to enjoy your successes along the way, it is also very important to move forward and face the next challenge with the same enthusiasm and confidence that made you successful before.

Former soccer great Mia Hamm may have the best philosophy. “Celebrate what you’ve accomplished, but always raise the bar a little higher each time you succeed.”

All content property of Billy Shepherd Sports Inc. 

IHSAA Student-Athlete Tip of the Week (2-23-15)
“Promoting education based athletics in Indiana”

Rivalry games/meets/matches have been a big part of sports throughout history. Let’s face it, some games just seem more important than others. Who is your biggest rival? Do you look at the game in a different way?

Every school has that team they want to beat. The buildup before game time is incredible. The team and fans can’t wait for it to start. You get that different feeling in your stomach.

Preparation is no different, but the outcome means more. Once it starts, it is just like any other game. Enjoy the environment, excitement, and the moment.  In most cases, it’s the game that provides you with the lifelong memories of high school sports!

All content property of Billy Shepherd Sports Inc.

 IHSAA Student-Athlete Tip of the Week (2-16-15)

“Promoting education based athletics in Indiana”

This past week the IHSAA suspended two basketball teams for the remainder of the year because of poor conduct and unacceptable behavior during a game. Players, coaches and officials all share responsibility in preventing this brawl.

Any student-athlete participating in high school sports knows that teams and individuals are successful because of their skills, not intimidation.  There is no place in high school sports for cheap shots and trash talking, let alone fans and players rushing the court.

As an athlete, it’s your responsibility to keep your composure at all times, regardless of the situation. Never let your emotions and actions outweigh the significance of sportsmanship and fair play!

All content property of Billy Shepherd Sports Inc.

               

IHSAA Student-Athlete Tip of the Week (2-9-15)
“Promoting education based athletics in Indiana”

A few weeks ago a Hall of Fame baseball player from the past, Ernie Banks, passed away.  Known as “Mr. Cub”, Banks had the reputation of being the ultimate professional, even though his team, the Chicago Cubs, never won the pennant.

In an article in Sports Illustrated, writer Rich Cohen paid tribute to Banks and his fabulous career.  “Too much is made of the winners; it’s the losers that show you how to live.”

Banks wasn’t a loser, his teams just couldn’t win it all. He thrilled the fans of Chicago every day for over 20 years with his hustle, ability, attitude, and enthusiasm for the game that has never been surpassed by any other Cub player!

All content property of Billy Shepherd Sports Inc.

     

       IHSAA Student-Athlete Tip of the Week (2-1-15)
        “Promoting education based athletics in Indiana”

In this modern era of social media, and even in days gone by, everyone seems to think they are the expert when it comes to athletics. Whether it’s students, parents, the media, or the general public, they all believe they know more than the coach.

My suggestion is not to get caught up in all the hype and hearsay. How’s the best way to do that? I would follow one simple philosophy.

Don’t let compliments go to your head, and don’t let criticism go to your heart.  Taking that attitude will serve you well!

All content property of Billy Shepherd Sports Inc.

IHSAA Student Athlete Tip of the Week (1-26-15)
“Promoting education based athletics in Indiana”

Super Bowl XLIX takes place this weekend and the media coverage will provide you with many interesting background stories on the athletes participating.

Let me suggest that you look for stories about those not named Brady, Wilson, Lynch, or Gronkowski. You will hear plenty about them. Instead, search for stories on offensive and defensive lineman, defensive backs, and special teams players.  They will highlight things like challenges the players have overcome and how they give back in their communities, among other interesting viewpoints.

There will be a story that will inspire you and challenge you in ways you never thought possible. You will see beyond the incredible athletic ability and you will find that there is so much more to each athlete beyond the playing field.  It’s amazing what you can learn by listening to the most watched athletic event of the year!

All content property of Billy Shepherd Sports Inc.

IHSAA Student-Athlete Tip of the Week (1-19-15)
“Promoting education based athletics in Indiana”

In a recent newspaper headline stating “Negative thinking limits positive action”, I couldn’t help but think how those exact words apply to the high school student-athlete.

The mental approach in everything you do has a direct effect on the final result. Let’s be honest, it’s no fun being around negative people.

Whether it’s in the classroom or on the field of play, think about reversing that headline.  It sounds better when you say “Positive thinking leads to positive action”.

All content property of Billy Shepherd Sports Inc. 

IHSAA Student-Athlete Tip of the Week (12-8-14)
“Promoting education based athletics in Indiana”

All teams will suffer a tough loss sometime during their season. A string of losses becomes known as a losing streak. The question becomes how do you stop the losing, or overcome that tough loss?

Have a short term memory (both in winning and losing), work harder in practice, listen to your coach, and don’t point fingers at the others on your team.

Sometimes you just might be the inferior team. Don’t think about the end result. Instead, focus on the things that you can do to make your team better.

All content property of Billy Shepherd Sports Inc.

IHSAA Student-Athlete Tip of the Week (12-1-14))
“Promoting education based athletics in Indiana”

Just a week ago a running back for the New England Patriots, Jonas Gray, got his first start on Monday night football and rushed for over 200 yards against the Indianapolis Colts.

However, on the following Friday, Jonas was late for a team meeting.  Guess what?  Coach Bill Belichick benched him and he never touched the ball during their next game against the Detroit Lions.

No athlete at any level is bigger than the game itself.  That’s why it is essential that you follow the lead of your coach and don’t jeopardize your playing time by breaking any rules or expectations. Remember, the game will go on with or without you!

All content property of Billy Shepherd Sports Inc.

IHSAA Student-Athlete Tip of the Week (11-24-14)
“Promoting education based athletics in Indiana”

Who do you trust when you ask for advice? When you get frustrated, who answers your tough questions? Is it your parents, a friend, a counselor at school, or a teacher or coach?

Do you search for the answer you want to hear, or the answer that is based on knowledge and experience?

My experience says that friends tell you what you want to hear, while the adult in the room tells you the truth and has much more insight and perspective dealing with the multiple situations which can frustrate you!

All content property of Billy Shepherd Sports Inc. 

IHSAA Student-Athlete Tip of the Week (11-17-14)

What kind of body language do you display when you are playing your sport?  Do you wear your emotions on your sleeves, or are you stoic and hard to read?

Most athletes get excited during positive or negative plays during a game.  The key is to make those emotions short-lived and being able to move on to the next play.

Positive body language tends to inspire a team and the coaching staff.  Negative body language does just the opposite.  Set the right example for yourself and your teammates.  Even if things aren’t going your way, don’t let the opponent know!

All content property of Billy Shepherd Sports Inc.  

IHSAA Student-Athlete Tip of the Week (11-10-14)
“Promoting education based athletics in Indiana”

Today’s student-athlete is no different than those of yesteryear. If you make poor choices you will be held accountable and punished for them.

Most kids think they can do questionable things and get away with them.  Someone is likely watching and you will more than likely get caught. You know right from wrong, as well as the rules of your student and sports handbooks.

All students are expected to abide by the rules, but let’s face it, the student-athlete is always held to a higher standard.  Representing yourself in a positive way will benefit you, your school, your family and your community!

All content property of Billy Shepherd Sports Inc. 

IHSAA Student-Athlete Tip of the Week (11-3-14)
“Promoting education based athletics in Indiana”

How many times have you heard your mom or dad say if you can’t say something nice about someone, don’t say anything at all?

No where does this statement make more sense than in this era of social media.  How many times have you heard of a known athlete or the normal “Joe” having to apologize for a negative tweet?

If you can’t tweet something positive, think twice before you send it out there.  Once it’s sent, there’s no taking it back.     Make your impact by action, not words!

All content property of Billy Shepherd Sports Inc.

IHSAA Student-Athlete Tip of the Week (10-27-14)

“Promoting education-based athletics in Indiana”

How is the spirit at your high school? Do you attend sporting events other than the ones that you participate in? Do you socialize with those outside of your sports?

School spirit and school unity depends on every student-athlete to be involved. Make it a habit to support the band, the choir, school plays, and any other activities in your school. By doing so, you are showing that all events at your school matter, not just those on Friday or Saturday nights.

Are you doing your part? Show your school spirit by being a spectator as well as being a participant!

All content property of Billy Shepherd Sports Inc. 

IHSAA Student-Athlete Tip of the Week (10-20-14) 
“Promoting education based athletics in Indiana”

Have you ever heard the saying “that it is much better to be a solution to a problem, rather than being the problem itself”?

This statement holds true in the classroom, the field of play, and in everyday life.

The achieving student-athlete finds ways to solve problems.  Are you good at finding solutions and working your way through a difficult time or experience?  Are you a problem solver, or do you tend to cause more problems than you would like to admit?

The next time you are facing a tough decision or problem, think of yourself as finding the solution, and encouraging your classmates and teammates to do the same!

All content property of Billy Shepherd Sports Inc. 

IHSAA Student-Athlete Tip of the Week (10-13-14)
Promoting education-based athletics in Indiana

This past week a high school in New Jersey suspended its football season after evidence of harassment, intimidation, and bullying by players on the team.  The school had to make a strong statement to these student-athletes that their behavior would not be tolerated.

This is evidence of how sports can be short term in a negative light.  It’s understandable if you were to get injured or you were cut from the team, but to end a season on this note is sad and inexcusable for those involved.

Sports is a privilege and should be treated as such. Don’t do or say things that put you or your team at risk.

Be a leader and stand up for other students if you seem them being harassed.  You can make a difference within the walls of your school, as well as on the playing field.

All content property of Billy Shepherd Sports Inc.

IHSAA Student-Athlete Tip of the Week (10-6-14)

“Promoting education-based athletics in Indiana”

At most sporting events, the national anthem is played before the start of the game. How do you show your respect for the flag and our great country?

Do you stand at attention? Do you put your hand on your heart? Before your sporting event, does your coach or team captain encourage the team to do something uniformly?

Last week while watching the Indianapolis Colts game, I noticed quarterback Andrew Luck, hand on heart, singing the anthem as it was being played.

Positive role models are alive and well. Remember, others will be watching you!

All content property of Billy Shepherd Sports Inc.

IHSAA Student-Athlete Tip of the Week (9-29-14)

“Promoting education based athletics in Indiana”

Are you a goal-oriented person?  As a student-athlete, do you set reasonable goals for yourself in the classroom and in your sport of choice?  Are you one that gives up easily, or do you fight until the end to see your goals finished?

The goal of every minor league baseball player is to make it to the big leagues.  Guilder Rodriguez played for thirteen years in the minors.  Last week he was called up to the major leagues for the very first time with the Texas Rangers.  His dreams finally came true.

In high school you only have four years to reach your goals.  Some days will be better than others.  Some subjects in school will be easier than others.  Some sports will work out for you, and some may not.

The next time you question yourself about the difficulty of achieving your goals, think about the trials and tribulations that this baseball player faced for 13 years!

All content property of Billy Shepherd Sports Inc.

IHSAA Student-Athlete Tip of the Week (9-15-14)

“Promoting education-based athletics in Indiana.”

Billy Horschel, winner of the PGA-BMW event last week, addressed his social media critics about “choking” the week before.  He hit an errant shot on the final hole to finish tied for second.

While Horschel had a chance to win, he didn’t beat himself up for a bad shot he hit on the 18th hole.  He said in his interview afterwards that he didn’t choke, but hit a very poor shot when it counted the most.

I’m sure he couldn’t wait to redeem himself, and it only took him one week to accomplish that goal.  The next time you drop a pass, miss a serve, or don’t run the time you are expecting, don’t be too hard on yourself.

Never look at failure in one isolated situation as choking.  Instead, look at it as an opportunity for improvement!

All content property of Billy Shepherd Sports Inc.

IHSAA Student-Athlete Tip of the Week (9-8-14)

“Promoting education-based athletics in Indiana.”

This past week the Indianapolis Colts opened their NFL season against Denver and their former quarterback of 14 seasons, Peyton Manning.

Players were asked how Peyton influenced them over the years, and punter Pat McAfee was quoted as saying: “Exhaust yourself to become great and remain great. That’s what I learned from Manning.”

Do all you can in your four years to be remembered in a positive way, even if it’s in a small way.

All content property of Billy Shepherd Sports Inc.

IHSAA Student-Athlete Tip of the Week (5-26-14)

“Promoting education-based athletics in Indiana.”

One of major league baseball’s bright young stars is Mike Trout of the Los Angeles Angels. He offered the following advice without knowing so with a recent article written in Sports Illustrated by Tom Verducci.

“The biggest thing at the plate is if I tell myself to hit a home run, I get out 100% of the time. All my home runs come from just telling myself, base hit up the middle.”

Athletes that try to do too much can get themselves in trouble. Regardless of your sport, keep this in mind as you train this summer. Don’t swing for the fences. Improve your skills a day at a time!

All content property of Billy Shepherd Sports Inc.