Spring Sports Have Sprung
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Just a few days after Groundhog day where Punxsutawney Phil saw his own shadow and predicted six more weeks of winter, Brashier athletes are getting ready for the start of spring sports. Spring sports this year will include boys and girls soccer, baseball, softball, and golf, most of which have already begun hosting tryouts.
“[We have] two weeks of tryouts during which we do conditioning, ball work, and [the coach] looks at our skills,” says sophomore, and returning soccer player, Zoey Britt.
Once players complete tryouts and make it onto the team they still dedicate a large portion of their time to the team
“As it stands, soccer is going to be five days a week and three hour practices, so that’s fifteen hour weeks…that’s not including any events on weekends or the time it takes to get to practice, so you are looking at a lot of time,” says senior, and returning soccer player, Bailey Moses.
With the extreme amount of time players dedicate to their sport of choice it can be a struggle to finish homework and maintain passing grades. Being a successful student athlete means finding time for both academics and athletics.
“I have a schedule that works for me. After practice I do homework, [and] when I don’t have homework I have my free time, which is mostly on the weekends,” says sophomore, and golf player, Stephen Dudar.
While performing well both on and off the field is doable, it certainly is not easy. This added responsibility can weigh heavily on student athletes.
“I am able to balance [academics and athletics], but it becomes much more stressful.” says Britt.
While playing sports is very important to these students, academics come first, and that sometimes involves sacrifices when it comes to being a player on a sports team.
“If you did need to go to AA there would be compensation for that. If you need to support your academics you can miss practice because if you can’t keep your grades up you can’t be on the soccer team, or any team,” says Moses.
Brashier emphasizes the importance of school and says that “our student athletes are expected to put academics first,” and this feeling is shared by most athletes.
“Academics will always come first, because even though it’s fun, I’m going to go much farther with [academics] than with golf,” says Dudar.
Being a member of any of Brashier’s sports team is a big commitment. It involves a lot of dedication and requires students to devote large amounts of time to their chosen sport. So what makes it all worth it?
“I think it is satisfying to go out with good friends and being able to outplay an opponent and representing Brashier while doing that,” says Moses.