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Convos with the “C” and the “O”

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As the fall athletic season is nearing an end, many sports are having their last practices, tournaments, and games. We both have been in sports for all four years of high school.  We have learned a lot about ourselves and how we prepare for games and matches. By knowing these things, it has helped us know what pushes us to do our best during our games. Throughout our athletic careers, we have tried out many different things to help us focus before important competitions. Music seems to be our favorite, and we aren’t alone. Many of our teammates also find music helpful in preparation for a tough competition. Music helps to take the mind to another place and calm a person down. It helps mentally prepare an athlete for any possible scenario the games/matches might hold. It also provides motivation we may need to do our best and gets us into “the zone”. As athletes, we may tend to get into our heads about information our coach shares about the other team. For example, if they tell you it’s going to be a tough game because your competitor is really good, this may heat up your nerves even more. We need to rid us of these thoughts and focus on what’s happening now and just do our best, not what’s happening in the next set/game or what you have to do later on that day or tomorrow. By focusing on the task at hand and not worrying about things out of your control, we will do the best that we can and we can enjoy every minute and have fun. But, overall, remember to always give your best, have fun, and enjoy it. Before you know it, you’ll be playing your last high school game/match. All in all, your team is your second family. Enjoy the time you spend with them, both good times and difficult times. There will be rough practices, amazing plays and games. Like family, your teammates are right by your side the whole season reaching for the same goal as you are, improving as a team and as an individual.

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Convos with the “C” and the “O”