Article by: Ryan S.

First season sports are now in full swing, and so is the notorious Philippine rainy season. Between the months of June and October, the geographical location of the Philippines makes it prone to tropical storms and typhoons brewing in the Pacific Ocean. With torrential rain and heavy lightning being a sometimes daily occurrence, conditions are far from ideal for many athletes. Despite this, teams must continue to practice, whether by battling the elements or resorting to other training methods.

One of the major sports affected by the rainy season is cross country. As running outdoors is an integral part of the team’s training, cancelled practices and lightning delays could mean considerable losses in preparation. Additionally, water-drenched courses could spell injury or significantly decreased performance. Despite this, sophomore Varsity Cross Country athlete Ranbir M. claims, “Practice is never cancelled. If there is lightning, Coach Respecki has to think of something else on the spot, which usually means running inside the school instead…Though the modified trainings are relieving as we don’t have to do the exhausting workouts, it is also disappointing, knowing that each workout makes a difference.” When lightning is not present, Ranbir notes that many runners enjoy training in the wet climate and often times, perform better in competitions due to the cooler temperatures. He also states that athletes are more prepared to cope with wet weather during competitions due to practice sessions in similar conditions.

Similarly, soccer is also affected by the several inconveniences brought by the rainy season. With only three on-field practices a week and additional games during practice days or the weekends, the Bearcat soccer teams cannot afford to miss any field time. Not only is there a risk of postponed practices or games due to lightning, but playing fields are also often hampered by the wet weather, making it more difficult for the team to perform at an optimal level. However, senior Varsity Soccer player Enrique P. begs to differ. He remarks, “The rainy climate seems like a hinderance, but it actually isn’t. It provides us with a leg up as other teams will not have prepared the same way.” He applauds their coaches’ training methods as Enrique explains, “Not only do we focus on positioning and tactical work, but also on how and how hard we hit the ball.” Regardless, Enrique considers the wet weather a mental hurdle, as pre-match preparations and strategy are often based on the prevailing conditions. When asked about how the team deals with cancelled practices and postponed games, he mentions that the cancelled practices aren’t always a bad thing because they allow the athletes to recover and return rejuvenated.

Whether they are braving the elements or pursuing modified training regiments, the Bearcat athletes have continued to work hard, despite the wild weather and chaotic climate. Hopefully, they will be able to succeed in their upcoming competitions, rain or shine.

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