Athletes Share Superstitions
It is not uncommon for people to have superstitions or a certain tradition when it comes to how they perform a specific task they repeat often, especially in sports. For example, an athlete could have a lucky charm or an old piece of equipment they keep around for good luck. Some athletes have superstitions about how they always do something pregame or what accessories they wear. Some spring sport athletes have superstitions or traditions.
Senior Victor Cascio played varsity golf. He always treated his club heads with respect and set them up nicely, unlike people who just toss them on the ground. Cascio said it is important to treat his gear with respect so it will respect him back in a sense.
This started two years ago at the conference tournament when Cascio hit a bad tee shot with his driver.
“Coach Tingler told me it’s because (my) clubhead was just lying on the ground, (I) didn’t treat it with respect,” said Cascio.
Cascio said he has set his club heads a certain way ever since then. He also said that if he did not follow suit and put up club heads the way he normally did, he would feel nervous about his next shot.
Sophomore Kyla Nguyen ran varsity distance track. Whenever she was competing, Nguyen always had her watch and a hair tie on her right arm. She started doing this her freshman season of cross country.
“Without it, I just feel really weird and uncomfortable,” said Nguyen.
In addition to that, she explained that she always did things in multiples of two. She wore two things on her wrist, as well as doing warm-up stretches in an even number.
Junior Braydon Cowan played baseball most of his life and played on JV. Whenever leaving the dugout and walking onto the baseball field, Cowan was careful to not step on the chalk foul line.
“It will give you and your entire team bad luck for the rest of the game,” said Cowan. “When I was about 11 years old, my dad told me about this. And ever since then, I’ve been super conscious not to step on the line.”
This superstition is widely held by many baseball players, and Cowan took a lot of care not to break it by stepping on the foul line.