School sports usually fall into one of three categories. One: the sport group that nobody cares about, the “joke” team. Two: the team that people care about occasionally, like when there is a huge match or something along those lines. Then there is three: the teams that the entire school, not to mention the players, is obsessed with.
In the summer the divides between these three types of teams become painstakingly clear. Which team is working hard, and which team barely speaks to one another for the warm months?
Of course this method of deducing the hardcore teams from the more lackluster ones isn’t perfect; fall sports are more likely to practice in the summer, even the ones that don’t care much.
However, most of the time summer is a clear indication of the type of team you may be on or may soon join. And each type of sports team, whether it be the lackluster slackers, the committed but not obsessed, or the die-hard teams, have its own benefits and problems.
1. Lackluster slackers
You know this team. These are the guys that spend their practices eating snacks and watching a movie or TV show. Their games are few and far in between because too often only 1-2 people show up, causing the school to forfeit. However, nobody on the team cares about their 0-15 end of season record; in fact, most of them are barely conscious that there is such thing as a record! These teams are fun if you want an excuse to hang out with friends that puts you outside, or at least gives you an activity to put on a resume other than “chilling.” As for leadership skills, or athletic endurance, you won’t be better off at the end of the season.
In fact, after a few months of no consequence blow-offs of mandatory events, you may be more likely to blow off other things, like school or family. These are the decisions that will come back to bite you later on. Overall, these teams can be a lot of fun, but you might want to try to get something out of them that the other people on the team won’t by being that one person who shows up at everything. This team does not necessarily mean a waste of time.
2. Committed but not obsessed
For a lot of high school students this is the best type of team to be on. You work hard, gain important leadership skills by stepping up, and have a physical release for stress from the school day. However, if you want to focus on school work more, then that’s accepted; friendships are also still considered important and worth spending time and effort on. This team will allow you to push yourself, but it won’t consume you. However, if you want to go pro, or play in college someday, sometimes this team is not serious enough to get you to where you want to go.
3. Die-hard teams
I think every school has at least one of these teams. These are the guys who have practices 7 days a week, and not short ones, but intense multi-hour ones. During their respective seasons this team is obsessed, and it can be difficult to get them to focus on school work or even friends. The benefit to this team, however, is that if you ever want to go pro, this is the team that will give you your best chance. Of course, being on a die-hard team doesn’t guarantee an athletic lifestyle for the rest of your life, just like how playing one slightly noncommittal football team doesn’t mean you’ll never throw for the NFL.
There are benefits and losses that come from every type of sports team you’re on. The important thing is to recognize what you want to get out of a sports season and work to reach that goal. Whether it’s getting leadership skills, working better with others, or increasing your athletic abilities. Teams are useful for a lot of character development, and it would be wasteful to assume they only help you gain muscle definition and a good throwing arm. Good luck on whichever type of team you join! Never sacrifice who you are for the team.