Fear, is not an option for the Hinton Blackhawks.
"A lot of athletes don't perform up to their potential in games because they're scared of failure," Hinton Co-Head Coach Bruce Held said. "They're scared of letting their teammates down, their moms and dads, girlfriends, whatever. It's really true if you think about it."
Held explored the psychological theory over the summer, attending a football seminar in the spring and doing his own research to help prepare the team for the road ahead. It's also a concept passed down from last year's senior class.
"They weren't scared of anything and look where it got them," Held added. So, we just want to that one step further this year and revisit that theme every day."
With just three starters returning on the offensive side and four on defense, Hinton admittedly has holes to fill on a team that finished 10-4 and as the Class A runner-up.
"These first few weeks are going to be big for us, because we have a lot of new kids that are going to play new positions and really don't know what they're doing at first," senior Austin Sitzmann said. "These first two weeks and the scrimmage against West Friday are going to be big keys, to helps up play with that no fear and help us step into those roles."
"We're pretty confident with the team we've got coming up," senior Cole Siders added. We're all competitive and ready for the season. We can't be afraid of disappointing anybody."
"They were schooled by some good people who left a legacy to try to live up to, and I think they're up for the challenge."
The Blackhawks kick the season on the road against Gehlen Catholic on Aug. 30.
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