Pre-season pep assembly kicks off sports at LHS PDF Print E-mail
Friday, 15 August 2014 09:15

Redskins ready to be better than average this year

New athletes, cheerleaders, trainers and even a few new coaches blended in with returners Thursday night at Redskin Field for the preseason pep assembly.

There is always excitement about a new season, but this year seems a little different than most.

Perhaps it could be heard in the chant that all athletes shared at the end of the rally.

“We believe that we will win. We believe that we will win.”

It may sound simple, even cliche, but believing in the ability to win may be more important than actually having the ability to do so.

From what I have seen so far, there is an attitude that our teams can be successful this season.

The first step is winning the battle inside ourselves.

Do I really want to go to the weight room today? Is this really a priority for me? Can I be better than other people doing the same thing across the state?

Once we have convinced ourselves to make the sacrifice to succeed, then comes the hard part of practice, practice and more practice.

GNC has a commercial that talks about beating average, and that is the hardest part about succeeding, especially in athletics.

There are athletes in high schools across America preparing for their upcoming seasons. Whatever most of them are doing would be considered the average.

For those who want to succeed, doing what all of them are doing won’t be enough. That is simply the average high school athlete.

To be better, you have to beat average.

It seems there is a dedication to be better than average this season for a number of Liberal’s programs.

It starts with coaches putting together better-than-average preparation. They have to want to be exceptional at their specific sport, and they have to bring that attitude into the practices.

The athletes have to dedicate thmeselves to be better than average.

Waiting for the season to begin is too late. Even average athletes don’t do that any more.

The new rule is simple — the season never ends. More is done to create success in the off-season than anything that happens in-season.

Thursday night, 30 Redskins and 10 Lady Redskins were recognized for showing up to the summer weight room 90 percent of the time or more. Those athletes have proven they are willing to do more than the average athlete.

Nine of the 10 Lady Redskins were cheerleaders, and it comes as no surprise why that squad receives such high recognition wherever they go.

They have worked for it, and coach Scarlette Diseker expects nothing less than above average dedication to the program.

Her cheerleader athletes have responded.

This summer, there have been summer programs that have seen more participation than the average summer in Liberal.

That is what it takes to be better than average.

There may have been a time when a talented athlete was enough to have above average success, but with the availability of information on how to properly train, with the access to weight rooms and coaches, the days of depending on talent are gone.

Athletes are not born, they are made — through training, conditioning and dedication, and even talented athletes have to do above average work.

Desire alone isn’t enough. Everyone wants to be successful.

Commitment and dedication are what it takes.

I have no doubt Liberal athletes and coaches have wanted to be successful, but this summer and here at the beginning of the season, it seems they are all willing to make the sacrifices necessary to see to it that success happens. That is why I am excited about the upcoming season.

When practices start Monday, it is time to be better than average. Believe you can. Be dedicated to making it happen by spending the time it takes.

There is no easy road to success. But those who are willing to work for it will experience no greater reward.

 
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