Article by: Maia Paterno

As first season IASAS (Interscholastic Association of Southeast Asian Schools) approaches, many athletes are gearing up to face the five other schools that make up our famous school competition. But, what comes with IASAS means that a season is ending, and another is about to begin.

During ISM’s second season, basketball, tennis, rugby, touch rugby, and swimming all compete for weeks, with the final goal in mind to medal at IASAS in January. But before any of this, we’ll take a look into how second season athletes prepare for the beginning of their season in October.

For basketball, it is especially important for players to work on their game outside of the season. Selina De Dios, a sophomore and IASAS basketball athlete, has been training hard ever since the end of the last season. She knows that it’s important for athletes to do pre-season training as “sports requires a lot of skill, and no athlete can get there without working hard and the only way to improve is to keep at it.” Selina also notes that doing pre-season training makes a big difference as really the only way to get better is to “keep working hard everyday.”

From the perspective of a multi-season athlete, George Petrucci has to balance between school work, volleyball training, and preparing for the upcoming rugby season. George, a senior, is looking at rugby as his main sport for when he goes off to college, so to prepare, he went to camps over the summer as he says “it’s important to come into the season stronger than you did the year before. Just because the season ends doesn’t mean you stop training. You have to think about the long-term and your goals for the future, whether that’s an IASAS medal or playing for a college team.” A noble work ethic shown by the senior, he takes his sports very seriously. There are benefits in doing a first season sport, as the power, training, and fitness you get from the first one can translate to your next sport, making you better and stronger for a new season.

Our local tennis star Stefan Suarez trains tirelessly, even during the off-season. Tennis requires diligence, and he knows that “in order to perform well in competition, one must not stop playing.” Stefan plays competitive tennis, having competed in different countries and gotten the privilege to play for the Philippines. Pre-season training is important for players because the season is quite short, and so every training and fitness session counts towards your performance.

Pre-season training also builds up the excitement students feel for their upcoming season. So, athletes, you better suit up and start training as October approaches, as all the training you do now and till the moment IASAS ends will count. As encouraged by Selina, athletes and teams should engage in pre-season training because in the long run, it all pays of, saying “when your season has ended and you get to see the results of all the hard work and dedication you put in, it’ll be the most rewarding feeling in the world.”

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