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The Power of Sport Rituals

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Sharr Rezniqi

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LeBron James throwing chalk before games. Tim Tebow doing a “Tebow” after a touchdown. That is right, these are both sport rituals. Many athletes- pro and- youth have rituals. This may include before a foul shot, after a touchdown, before a serve and many more. What bugs me about sport rituals are people who think they are “useless.”

I myself have a sport ritual in basketball. My ritual is spinning the ball, dribbling three times, spinning it again, then dribbling two more times. If you think this is stupid, then we have a problem. When people on the opposing team, or even my own team yell at me for having a long ritual; I say is if they give you the time, take advantage of it.

According to NHL for Kids, rituals have been linked to better focus in the game. This could be better concentration, preparing you physically or mentally. Having a ritual makes you have muscle memory allowing you to succeed more often. If you do not have a sport ritual, then you better make one now. Well, right after this.

As you all know, everyone is different, but when you don’t have a routine, it is almost like you’re the same as everyone else who doesn’t have one. If you want to be unique, make a ritual! When I say make one, I don’t mean copy LeBron or Tim, I mean be original! Some people think having a sport ritual is dumb because it is a waste of time, or you look stupid doing it. Well, I’m here to clear the smoke. First of all, you don’t look stupid doing one. If you ask me, it makes you cool.

Sport rituals can really help you! If you don’t have one already, make one soon. Sport rituals make you a one of a kind person in the world of sports. Rituals will make prepare better physically and mentally. Make your own now. Well you can’t actually do that now.

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