Sports React to New Athletes

banner_sportsEvery sport seems so awesome when you first join. You promise to be dedicated and work hard at the beginning of the year, but often times, it ends up being a huge drag and time consumer and you’ve lost all interest.

Many sports require a lot of dedication or have a huge learning curve. When new athletes start to try out different sports, coaches have to split their time between teaching new athletes rudimentary skills and honing the skills of seasoned athletes.

Between the different skill levels, it is logical for coaches to want to focus on the more experienced athletes rather than people who may just be trying a new sport out. ┬áTennis player Shannon Kane ’14 said, “Sometimes the coach doesn’t even have time for actual players because of how many new athletes there are.”

Sometimes, even if an athlete is familiar with the sport, new coaches and new schedules, along with a new team and teammates just may not be suited for them in high school sports. Senior Mandy Doty ’13, a former swimmer, said, “I used to do Boilermaker Aquatics, but when I tried high school swimming, it just wasn’t my style.” Coach Custer, cross country coach, says, “We try to accommodate to every skill level.”

Tryouts and JV teams are a good way to divide the new players and experienced players. With a separate JV coach, not only one coach has to concentrate on a plethora of skill levels and athletes. Tryouts for sports gives everyone an even chance, but separate out the different skill levels.


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