by Billiann Robertson
Reedley High School athletes not only show their dedication throughout the school year but also during the summer months. Students take their athletic abilities to the next level through participation in summer sports. Whether it be basketball, water polo, volleyball, soccer, or football; these boys and girls are proving that they are serious about their sport by giving up time during their summer vacation to improve as a team.
Summer sports programs help school teams in many ways. The programs give incoming freshmen an opportunity to gain some prior experience playing with the high school team before the league season starts. Coaches very willingly volunteer their time to bring together their teams and help them gain more experience in the sport. Teams participate in tournaments all over the state for the experience rather than the record like during a sport’s season. In my experience playing summer sports, such as water polo and basketball, I have gained a great deal more confidence when I play and formed team bonds that carry over into the season.
Even if a student decides they do not want to play the sport during the school season, playing during summer still has its benefits. Athletes are provided with a positive outlet for their energy along with the opportunity to stay in shape, all in a positive environment. Summer sports allow students to gain all of this in a less pressured atmosphere then that of the school environment. These dedicated students are not only gaining experience, staying in shape, and forming bonds, they are also being taught the discipline and life lessons that come with being an athlete.