Winter Sports Conflict With Winter Break

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Kaela Ferguson

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It’s winter time, and that means holiday break is right around the corner. But what does that mean for students who participate in winter sports? Many coaches strongly enforce that students don’t go away during vacation so they can work on becoming better at the sport by practicing.

Sophomore Aliza Bell, expresses what her social life has been like since the basketball season has started: “I think it’s affected my social life because after practice it’s already really late, and I have to go home and you know, shower and do my homework and all this extra stuff. So I don’t have time to hang out with my friends or family. But, I mean it’s a commitment.”

While other students who may not participate in sports are away or relaxing, students on any of the sports team here at SHS are putting in the hard work. “We do deserve our little break, but if you’re committed to the sport then you shouldn’t have a problem with it,” says Bell.

Paula Solar, the head coach for the girls basketball team explains, “I am a strong advocate of kids and spending time with family. However, unlike many other sports, we have two games over Christmas break, and it would be impossible to cancel practice,”  

Solar explains, “There is a penalty for not attending practices and games because I feel that players should commit to the program, their teammates and coaches. Also, it would not be fair (in my opinion)  for those players as well as coaches who did sacrifice over the vacation.”

Coaches sacrifice as well as students. They are losing vacation time, too. “I certainly feel badly for all of us who are participating over a wonderful holiday vacation and would love to see it change. However, that decision is totally out of my jurisdiction and my control,” Solar says.

Even though these athletes are giving up vacation time, they are putting in the hard work to make the team and themselves better.

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