Winning On and Off the Field

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Ula Pranevicius

Ninth graders on the Girls’ Cross Country team warm up together before a meet.

Walking through the Bronx Science hallways, it’s not unusual to hear students complaining about the workload in their academic classes. With a rigorous academic workload and frequent exams, many students choose not to add the daunting commitment of an after school sport to their daily schedule. Those who do decide to join a sports team recognize the many benefits of being an athlete, and they are proud of their contribution to the school’s success. Across the forty-four sports teams that Bronx Science offers, there are hundreds of hardworking students who manage to balance their conflicting priorities. Each change in season brings different sports teams, building anticipation and excitement among the student body.

The benefits of being on a sports team and exercising daily, including the physical and mental health boosts and constructive traits gained from participation, are undeniable. Being a part of a team and supporting peers develops perseverance and team building skills, as well as reducing the anxiety caused by school and other factors. Student athlete Samantha Pokorny ’22 was catcher on the Girls’ Varsity Softball team during her ninth grade year, and she continues to believe in the benefits of being a member of the team. “Being on a sports team helps me to stay physically in shape, and I really appreciate the team’s camaraderie and energy. Softball makes me mentally motivated to be much more positive throughout the day,” said Pokorny. She gained a more positive mentality towards school, and her teammates’ encouragement on and off the field benefited her emotionally.

Many student athletes create unique methods to balance their schoolwork and team commitments. With increasing pressure and expectations throughout the season, being both mentally and physically prepared before a game or meet can be tough. Time management is essential, and taking on too many responsibilities can leave students feeling exhausted and unprepared. Cross country and track athlete Zoe Cooper ’20 has optimized her time and performed her best in her sport since her ninth grade year, and she continues to do so through routines that she has created. “Since I have limited time, I always try to get ahead on work over the weekends. I would also say that it’s important to really enjoy the sport and the team, or else it’s not worth it,” said Cooper. Between ranking first place in the city for the 5k run, maintaining her grades, and being a member of the debate team, Zoe seems to have perfectly balanced her academic, social, and athletic priorities. Many athletes also encourage creating bonds with your teammates in order to improve team performance and attitude. “The core to every team is cohesiveness. If the team is able to trust each other and have confidence, it will show in how we play on the field. Even if you make a mistake, your teammates are always going to be there to support you,” said Pokorny. 

As the Spring 2020 sports begin their tryouts and practices, the official spring sports season is just around the corner. The new year holds possibilities for all student athletes, many of which have created new goals and resolutions. Make sure to continue supporting all of the sports teams into the new year, and get ready for a great season!

Leo Ellenberg
Student athletes take part in a fencing match, thrusting their swords.
Daniela Castro
Cross country and track athlete Zoe Cooper ’20 runs a cross country race through Van Cortlandt Park. “If I’m pushing myself in our practices, that gives me the physical strength to perform well at meets,” said Cooper.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The benefits of being on a sports team and exercising daily, including the physical and mental health boosts and constructive traits gained from participation, are undeniable.

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