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Soccer player tries to begin new tradition before games

March 13, 2012
By Erin Coggins of Sparkman High School

Pre-game rituals are seen all over professional and college sports. Rarely are they seen in high school, but varsity soccer player Jonathan Trinh is trying to change that and, hopefully, it will have an outcome on their season.

There are the typical superstitions that nobody sees, like praying before a game or putting the left sock on before the right. Then there are the popular and widely seen superstitions; this is where Trinh comes in. A chalk toss, made famous by LeBron James, is Trinh’s choice of motivation before a game.

“Before games, I open a pack of artificial sweeteners and pour them into my hands. Then, I throw it up as if I were LeBron James,” Trinh said.

Trinh, junior, started this crowd pleasing activity in eighth grade. Not only does the toss pump up himself, his teammates and the crowd, it also serves as a little insight into how it feels when all eyes are on you.

“It helps me have a little fun by pretending to be a professional athlete for a couple of seconds,” Trinh said.

Trinh hopes that a little bit of extra motivation or a laugh will get the team prepared for the game and propel them to victory. More victories mean more confidence going into the rest of the season and the playoffs.

“I am expecting the team to make it further than last year in the playoffs,” Trinh said.

Coach William Thomas is not necessarily on the superstition boat.

“I do not know how much it helps the team, I am not that much of a ritualistic man, I am a just go out there and get it done man,” Thomas said.

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