Freshman year of high school means new sports, new classes, new teachers, and new people. Ninth graders are beginning to learn that high school and middle school are not in the same ball park. The amount of homework and stress has increased. Those who are not ready may be in for a nasty shock during their first month of high school. Every test, homework, and class work counts. Grades matter now since it will determine life in the future, whether a person earns minimum wage or makes $20 an hour. With this, students try to maintain their grades by balancing out their time between homework and sports, which is more difficult now because sports are not as easy as they were prior to high school.
“High school sports are more competitive [than middle school sports],” freshman Hung Diep said.
Diep is on the avid roster for freshman volleyball. Adapting to the competition level of high schools sports can be challenging. There is a huge gap between the level of high school sports and middle school sports.
High school sports require more skill, strategically and physically. Some sports require athletes to practice five to six days a week during the summer. All high school athletes are expected to be at practice everyday after school in order to put in the work that will help them perform to the best of their abilities when game day comes around. San Gabriel High School does not play to lose, we play to win.
Some sports have games every other day, which can put stress on students’ academics.
“Being in a sport gives people less time to study,” freshman Emily Phu said.
Phu balances cross country and rigorous classes. Some student athletes do not even get home until 8 p.m. from their games, which makes them arrive exhausted and come home to three to four hours of homework that is due the next day. Despite this, some freshmen still find that sports are a good thing to participate in.
“Football has been fun and all,” freshman Jimmy Tiscareno said. “Its been a great experience.”
Even though student athletes put themselves through large amounts of stress and work, it is all worth it because along the way they have built great relationships and bonds with others, some of which might last their whole life.
Sports teams do not just consist of just other student athletes with whom you play with; they are much more than that: family.