Article by: Woosuk Kim
As the school year begins, so has the rainy season in the Philippines. And as we go through this annual array of storm and rain, the harsh weather marks the beginning of year-long sports. Year-long sports, occasionally overlooked due to the significantly more popular counterpart of season-long sports, are not a part of IASAS events, thus lessening the popularity of the activities. However, this does not stop high school students from signing up for teams that train and compete over the entire school year.
According to varsity swim team captain, senior Henry B., engaging in a year-long activity requires much more commitment.
“Keeping your fitness up over a long period of time is essential in order to maintain a positive spot on the team,” said Henry.
This, compared to the traditional season-long sports, “requires you only to make a commitment for 3 to 4 times a week. Although we train much more due to IASAS, it is less of a commitment.” However, with a much stricter environment, comes a more social one. In fact, Henry has confirmed that swimming for a year-round club attracts more athletes from other parts of the school as well.
“Sailfish being a whole school club lets us get to know everyone in the sport much better. This is much better than just swimming for one season as we end up only getting to know the people on my team,” said Henry.
While swimming is a sport which can be both year- and season-long, there are sports that do not share the luxury of running for only one season. Activities such as gymnastics, table tennis, and martial arts are year-long; however, they do not have an IASAS team. Freshman Joshua G, a rising table tennis star. shares the opinion of making table tennis an IASAS event, as “many students in Southeast Asia enjoy the sport.” These athletes hope to see their respective sports end up like chess, as the year-long activity was recently turned into an IASAS event.
Although these sports do not have major competitions such as IASAS, the athletes participate in local competitions and leagues. According to Joshua G., trainings happen three times a week after school. But if the athletes are faced with a competition, training regiments are increased in difficulty and intensity. “Since we compete in only 2-3 leagues over the year, we do not usually experience the intense workouts.”
While most students are on the lookout for second and third season sports to occur, these tough year-long athletes have been working just as hard to represent our school. Please remember to support your fellow year-long Bearcat athletes!