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It is the biggest game of your life. Your heart is racing, butterflies in your stomach, adrenaline rushing. How do you put those nerves to the side and focus on the game?

What do you do? Many athletes at South and around the world have unique ways to get  psyched for their big game.

Many athletes have a pregame ritual that they do before every game that is unique to them. Whether that is praying, chewing gum, or warming up with your shoes untied. Almost all athletes have something unique to them.  South athletes are the same way.

Some may be simple and easy. Dylan Kitner, junior, likes to take a nap and have a big meal for his big game.

Kitner said “ The feeling of being fully rested with a nice meal lets me just play and not have to worry about being tired or hungry.”

Others are very complex, like Richard Fullerton,  junior, who before every at bat puts pine tar on the handle of his bat clockwise, then puts rosin counter clockwise for grip. Fullerton started this odd routine after one of his best games.

Fullerton said, “ I just did it at one game not even thinking about it and had one of my best games ever. Now I don’t think I could perform without it. It’s a part of my baseball mindset that helps me get hits.”

The thing with pre game routines is if it works for you then it works. There is no right one or wrong one. Whether is calms you down, hypes you up, gets you focused, it does different mind sets for the specific person.

Hudson Welty leaves warmups exactly two minutes early before the start of every game and sits on the bench to think about the game ahead.

He said, “It gets me focused for the game, puts in that ready mode that I have to have to be successful.”

For some it’s a way to focus and for others it’s what they have done since they have started playing and never stopped.  Schaefer Schuetz, junior, likes to listen to some classical Frank Sinatra before his big games.

Schuetz said, “It relaxes me, puts me in a calming mood that allows me to perform. I dont know what I could do without my Sinatra.”

Pre-game rituals are a part of the sports world. The uncanny on deck warm up to the simple a meal and a nap. Pre game rituals will be a part of sports and south sports. Now it’s the biggest game of your life. What’s your special pre game ritual?

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