Mixed feelings about offseason


Sina Vaimoe

Players from the football team lifting weights after the end of the season.

Hillary Tago, Reporter

Offseason is that time of the year when a particular activity, typically a sport, is not engaged in. Athletes at Taylorsville have mixed feelings overall about the off-season.
After the official football season has ended, some players gather after school to condition or lift to stay in shape and gear up for next season. The few that do this, make people believe that offseason has ceased to exist as they are still putting hard work into enhancing their skills.
Other athletes dislike the offseason because they feel like they don’t have clear goals.
“I feel lost,” said Marilyn Maka, who plays both basketball and softball. “I run, and I go to open gyms to get prepared for basketball season.” Maka plays softball during the off season of basketball to compensate for this feeling of being lost. She does not play for the school, but she plays competitively outside of school.
Another issue that often causes dissatisfaction among athletes during the offseason is that some teams like the boys’ football and basketball teams have year-long classes to supplement their sport, while most girls’ teams classes are only limited to their season.
“I feel like it’s not fair, because girls should have the same equality as the boys,” said Maka. Classes definitely add to student athletes staying both motivated and in shape throughout the year. Maka said that it is hard for her to stay in shape, but playing two consecutive sports throughout the school year help her fitness and abilities throughout the school year, especially since her community team also plays during the summer.
Whether in season or not, individual motivation as well as outside support seem to be a driving factor for Taylorsville athletes.