Break a leg. Good luck. Knock 'em dead.
Phrases like these are meant to encourage or send well wishes to someone getting ready to perform. But how much weight do they carry? How much of an impact does wished luck or breaking a figurative leg have on a performance?
It may not be as visible as LeBron James' signature hoist of baby powder in the air, but some UCF athletes have pre-game rituals and superstitions of their own.
UCF football team kicker, Irish-born Sean Galvin, said he and teammate Shawn Moffitt have a ritual that he himself doesn't really know why they do, but that have done since they came to UCF.
"Me and Moffitt like to fold our socks," Galvin said. "You'll see it if you watch closely. Our socks are only half as high as everyone else's."
Left tackle Torrian Wilson pays homage to his grandmother before he starts each game. He taps both of his arms where he has a tattoo in remembrance of her. Wilson said she passed away his junior year of high school.
A few Knights have pre-game rituals deeply rooted in their faith. UCF men's soccer players Sebastian Evers and Romario Williams, along with volleyball's Shelby Foyer, all had one common theme in their rituals: prayer.
"I have to pray before I start warming up on the goal line. I do the same exact warm up every single day, in practice or games, and I pray right before the kickoff," Evers said.
He started this routine when he was 9 years old and lost his grandfather.
"When the teams are lining up on the fields, I touch the field and I make a cross on my chest and my forehead. Then I pray to the Lord before the game starts," Williams said.
Williams started the ritual about five years ago when he saw his favorite player, Ronaldinho, doing it.
"I do always pray before my games and I always write some kind of a scripture or words of inspiration on my wrists just because I'm a passer so I can always see that when I'm playing," Foyer said.
She's prayed all her life but just picked up writing on her wrists during her college career.
Volleyball's DeLaina Sarden's pre-game routine stems from her hometown of Atlanta, Georgia.
"I listen to one song before every game and it's What's Up by Rich Kids," Sarden said. "They're a group from Atlanta and it just gets me really hyped before a game."
Sarden said she started listening to the song her freshman year and she was successful when she did it so she felt she shouldn't break the trend.
"I always have my iPod on and I'm just chilling in the locker room but that's the one song I play before we go out on the court."