Athletes swear by superstitions

Athletes of all levels are known for being superstitious and a bit crazy when it comes to game time traditions.

“If I’m not playing well I keep changing my hair from either a braid, a ponytail or a bun,” said junior, Kirsten O’Malley.

Most athletes have a lucky something or a special ritual that they use for a game.

O’Malley plays soccer, basketball and track, and this game-time habit that developed freshman year is true for all of them.

Sports players, professional and amateur, also commonly feel like they have to pray, wear a certain pair of socks or color of hair tye in order to play their best.

“I put my hand in my batting glove,” said sophomore, Aidan Plants. “Then stick my tag in my batting glove every time before I go up to bat.”

Plants said he uses this specific technique to get ready for every at bat.

Sophomore, Dylan Fontenot, believes athletes have superstitions in order to be successful. He is a strong believer in them when it comes to high school baseball.

“I wear my compression shorts to school every game day,” said Fontenot.

According to a article “The origins or superstitions and lucky charms,” superstitions originated a long time ago in history.”

Certain numbers in ancient China and Babylon were greatly looked at as being lucky and unlucky.

In ancient China even numbers were thought to represent females and be luckier than odd numbers, which represented men.

Ancient Babylonians and Egyptians looked at the number seven as being a lucky number because there were seven planets. The number seven also was mentioned as the number of pairs of each clean animal in the story of Noah’s Ark in the Bible.

The development of superstitions originated in ancient times and have evolved into present day necessities for athletes and coaches alike.

“All last year [for football] I wore Crocs,” said Coach Steven Tressler. “This year I wear flip flops.”

Coaches also have gotten into the pregame rituals with the athletes. They may be less dramatic but are still imperative to mentally succeed.

“Right now I’m a prayer,” said coach J.C. Keefer. “I pray to keep the kids safe and have fun.”

Entire teams have superstitions and rituals that they follow together. Before every football game the football team says The Lord’s Prayer.

“After The Lord’s Prayer – it’s time,” said Keefer.

The players also are big fans of saying the prayer.

“It gets you pumped up,” said sophomore, Logan Mckeag.

Sophomore, Jacob Bogenrief said, “I like saying The Lord’s Prayer before games.”

Pasta nights also are a big team part of pregame excitement.

“They help us bond because there’s not many times our team can get together,” said Mckeag.

The football team has one every Thursday night in anticipation for Friday night games.

Almost every other sports team also uses pasta nights as a way to bond and prepare for big events.

Senior, Alexis Weisser said, “Pasta nights get us pumped up for big games and help us bond as a team.”

Every team and athlete has a superstition whether they realize it or not. They are used to help mentally prepare and feel ready.

“During postseason [the girls’ soccer team is] not allowed to shave our legs no matter how gross it is or else we might lose,” said senior, McKenzie Ruffing.