Written By Mikaela Gaudet |
High school teams are very competitive and practice more than middle school teams. Some high school teams never even get a chance to rest over the weekends. Middle school is just the beginning of what it feels like to be on a school team. Even though middle school is more competitive than elementary school, high school teams take winning states or Shoreline Championships more seriously and compete more aggressively to achieve these goals.
The Morgan School has many sports including, cross-country, track, volleyball, soccer, swimming, football, cheerleading, and field hockey. In middle school, there are fewer team sports. These include field hockey, basketball, softball, baseball, and soccer. Freshman Maya Kadel explained, “the competition at Morgan is more intense. The games are taken more seriously.”
High School teams bond more and create more of a family instead of just a team. Freshman Olivia Silver reported, “They’re a lot more demanding of your time. We do a lot of team related things besides playing the game such as pasta dinners.” Teams in high school not only want to win games, but also want to bond and create a family to help others feel appreciated. Practices are taken more seriously.
Balancing homework and practice time is tough, but somehow students are able to get it done. The cheer team has a study hall until 3. We get changed, go to the cafe, and sit down as a team to finish our homework. Practice would then start at 3. It depends on how strict your coach is. Some practices start right away but allow a 30 minute break before practices start.
Missing practices on a high school team is not acceptable. In Eliot the coaches did not care as much if students missed a practice. Sophomore Jordan Ledyard explained, “the soccer coach will only let you miss a practice if you bring in a doctor’s note.” Coaches expect more from high school students. High school students must exhibit good leadership, commitment, participation, and knowledge.
For more information on Morgan sports visit The Morgan School Athletics.