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One Team Divided

Emma Leach

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 An age-old debate in the world of high school sports and activities is that of splitting Junior Varsity and Varsity teams. Those on Varsity think of it as an honor and a privilege, and those on JV often long to be on varsity. However, another question has arisen. What is the effect of having a JV and Varsity team on the coach? What do they have to do to keep the morale and spirits up on the team?

 According to the track coach Mr. Robertson, it doesn’t take a lot. When asked what he believed to be the benefits and drawbacks of splitting the team, he thinks that “Most of the time the athletes on varsity are older and more mature, so they understand the purpose of drills and know that they aren’t being punished. It also shows the junior varsity teams that they are getting better by competing with other people.”

 Football coach Mr. Carey’s answer was similar, but he said there were a few drawbacks. He thinks that it can benefit the player department, and that “Maybe a JV player is lacking in the skill department needs the environment to get better. However, a drawback would be not having enough coaches in an individual sport. The JV team might not get the attention they need.”

 When asked if splitting the teams makes it easier to cater to the needs of every player, Coach Robertson said “It all boils down to the physical and mental abilities of the kid. It’s kind of a give and take.” He adds that “The only thing that might be hard is making sure that JV understands that they are important as well because without them you can’t practice. If you can’t practice no one gets better and they won’t have the ability to move up to varsity.” says Coach Carey.

 However, Coach Carey’s answer raised another question: How do you keep the JV team from feeling discouraged or unimportant? “It’s the constant relay to them that no one is any more or less important. You have to convince them that everyone has the same goals,” says Coach Carey. “It is tough. JV kids feel just as good as those on Varsity. You have to keep reminding them that their time is coming if they’re patient and continue to work hard. They need to keep training and they’ll get there.” said Coach Robertson.

 Sports are a commitment and all athletes, JV and Varsity, have put tons of time and effort into each game and practice. Although the teams are split, there is still a sense of unity on the team, and coaches strive to make everyone feel included.

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