Southeastern Regional Begins “Fall 2” Sports Season
Football, Boys’ and Girls’ Soccer, Cross Country, Field Hockey, Volleyball and Ice Hockey kick off their season after almost a year of waiting.
In March, Southeastern’s fall sports teams finally got the opportunity to play again. SET athletes had been waiting throughout the fall and winter to finally go back to the sports they love. After athletics were postponed throughout the fall and the winter sports season was cancelled, many thought it was a lost cause. However, this season will be like no other season our athletes have played in. With new guidelines and restrictions, along with changing the way we play, the athletes have many new rules to follow and habits to break.
Due to the risk of spreading and contracting COVID-19, only varsity teams are playing and many other protective measures regulated by the CDC, MIAA, and Southeastern are being enforced such as social distancing, wearing masks, and frequent use of hand sanitizer.
The athletes and coaches act as one big family and having athletics start again is more important than ever. Senior Vice president, Head Captain of the Girls Soccer team, and President of the Student Athletic Advisory Board, Abby Kinney (East Bridgewater), said “ I believe sports, or any after-school activity, is SO important. I’ve seen the importance more than ever this year. The lack of motivation in class has increased tremendously due to not having any after-school activity. When I wrote a letter to the school, I had explained that in order to be on a specific team, your grade needs to be at an average or above. Kids strive off of athletics to do well in school because if they don’t, they wouldn’t see that field.”
SET athletics offers a positive and motivating environment to have a distraction from the stressors of their outside lives. Cross Country Coach Peter Valente, said “I know of many athletes who have stepped away from sports altogether, I always view it as a loss of childhood. There are only so many years that you can play high school athletics and I know that sports aren’t everything but when you look back at high school, those are the memories you remember. At least, they are the ones I remember, I don’t think back of that time in AP Bio or in senior English. I think back to the time during football or track.” He also stated, “ Athletics are important for so many different reasons, but ultimately after not having sports for a year, the most important reason is for the kids, for your interactions with your peers and friends.”
While athletics beginning has been a monumental transition since the start of COVID, the precautions being set in place have offered a few concerns. Since the Fall 2 team is a varsity only season, the future varsity teams have been a concern since JV players aren’t getting as much play time or practice. However, the biggest priority is to keep kids safe.
Despite these downsides, Southeastern is staying positive. Daniel Tripp, Supervisor of Athletics & Student Activities, said “We are thankful that our students are able to participate, have fun with friends, and compete in meaningful contests with other schools.” According to Mr. Tripp, having athletics is important especially now because they benefit physical well-being, you learn how to deal with winning and losing, learning things about yourself as an athlete, you learn to react to different situations and different types of people, and you create lifelong relationships with people through athletics.
The Southeastern Regional Vocational Technical School District consists of a four-year public high school and a post-secondary technical institute. The high school offers twenty career majors to students from Brockton, East Bridgewater, Easton, Foxboro, Mansfield, Norton, Sharon, Stoughton, and West Bridgewater.
To learn more about Southeastern, please visit: www.sersd.org
Written by student: Calla Streeter
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