No days off

Spring break? Not for student athletes.

April 25, 2023

During spring break, many students enjoy a week of relaxation and time away from stressful school work. However student athletes have an added layer of responsibility in the form of their games and practices that occur during spring break.

And having games and practices during spring break leaves many student athletes at RV unhappy. 

“We had a meet on Thursday after school and I had one on Saturday as well,” said sophomore track runner Kendra Green. “ I’m going to a dual meet on Wednesday and other meets on Friday and Saturday” 

With this jam-packed schedule, Green spent half of her spring break participating in track meets. However, Green did necessarily mind.

“I like the meets and all but they can take the whole day and there is a lot of running around, especially if you have several events,” she said. “But they are pretty fun.”

Participating in track meets can get tiring with all the running around track takes, especially for the athletes who have multiple events to participate in. Despite this, many athletes still find the meets enjoyable.

Another Track Player that shares this sentiment is Milena Otoo. 

“I have three meets over the break,” Otoo said. “It makes me happy because I get to show off my talents.”

Track was not the only sport that was active over spring break. Track was not the only sport that was active over Spring Break. According to Mr. Michael Lamb, the Director of Athletics at RV, softball, baseball, boys lacrosse, girls lacrosse, boys tennis and golf were all in action.

“[Each team is] active everyday either games or practices,” said Mr. Lamb. “No days off for these student athletes.”

During spring break, there were 70 games, practices or scrimmages between these seven teams. This amount of time taken up leaves many athletes with a certain question: “What would happen if I just do not go to a game or practice?”

Participating in sports requires a lot of commitment and enthusiasm. An athlete can only grow and improve if they engage in the games and practices. Attendance can also effect which athletes get to play in future games and meets.

“If you don’t attend the meets, then you will most likely not be put into future meets,” said sophomore Xiani Mejia. 

Lacrosse player and sophomore Tess Phillips collaborates this sentiment.

“The punishment for not going to the games is usually getting benched. [Benched means being sat out of a game],” she said. 

While being active in sports over spring break may not be some people’s idea of a break. It allows for athletes to have a time to stay active and improve their skills. 

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