Practice Essential to Achieve Success, Perfection

Members of the Girls Basketball team do push ups during practice the day before Sectionals.

In February, members of the Girls Basketball team do push ups during practice the day before Sectionals. Photo by Alex Luther. 

Zach Piatt

Sports Editor

“We talkin’ ’bout practice.” These were the words of former NBA superstar, Allen Iverson in his famous “Practice” interview. That’s exactly what we’re talking about here. Practice.

“Practice is very useful,” says sophomore baseball player Ben Yoss. “Although it can be a grind, it’s important for success in games.”

Teams who practice well and more often tend to play better in games. Coincidence? I don’t think so. The bottom line is, in order to win you need to practice.

“Practice is the most essential part of preparing individual players and overall team concepts,” says Northrop head baseball coach Matt Brumbaugh. “Each practice is designed to help players develop skills that will help them succeed.”

“Practice is all about fine tuning your craft and working on your weaknesses and turning them into strengths,” said Northrop football and baseball coach Connor Wilkins.

It’s very important to get better every time you practice, which is why there is a right and wrong way to practice. You can’t just go through the motions of whatever sport you’re in and expect to get better. Practice doesn’t make perfect, it makes permanent. Perfect practice makes perfect.

“The muscle memory you build in practice allows you to react without thinking in games,” Yoss said.

As important as it is, practice takes hard work and dedication. You have to go through every possible situation if you want to be 100 percent ready come game time.

“From a team standpoint, as a coach you put your team in situations that will prepare them for games,” Brumbaugh said.

“I think it’s important to make practice more challenging than any game could be,” says Wilkins. “On game day the game actually slows down and the players are able to perform at a high level.”

It’s no wonder practice isn’t too popular among players. It’s hard work and not a whole lot of fun, but that’s exactly how practice should be.

“Players aren’t supposed to enjoy practice,” says Wilkins. “Teams who don’t enjoy practice have fun on game day.”

Practice is a grind, but it’s necessary in order to be successful. Practice makes permanent. Perfect practice makes perfect.

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