Article by Cecilia Ignacio
Tryouts are always a stressful time for athletes, as they wait eagerly for their name to be called by the coach for the team roster. Unfortunately, out of the many who try out, there are always a few who have to get cut despite their tireless work. This season, there are a surprising number of newcomers hoping to join a particular sport. As a result, many sports have formed “developmental” or “aspirant” teams for those looking to improve their skills.
When asked about her opinions on JV, sophomore athlete Michelle S. says, “I believe JV is for people who love and appreciate sports but are not yet good enough for varsity or find that it is too demanding for them whether it be time or activity in general.” Varsity usually is more fitting for athletes who do their certain sport in order to participate in competitions such as IASAS, local games, or any other tournaments outside school. In addition, most people who join varsity teams put the majority of their time into their respective activity which may not be possible for those in JV or aspirant teams.
When further interviewed, Michelle stated that she “loves playing despite her sports ability” and overall felt like she had significantly improved with the team she was assigned to. She also attended training sessions and games when she had time to do so. The coaches decide teams and player positions based on what they think is best for everyone. While some people may unlock their full potential within a competitive group, others might want to take time to carefully cultivate their knowledge of the game and have more time to practice any new techniques and tactics.
The term “aspirants” is generally defined as a person who has ambitions to achieve something. Many think that those who don’t who don’t make varsity or junior varsity are the ones who “end up” in the aspirants team. However, most people in the aspirants team may just value improvement as well as playing the specific sport for leisure and a means of exercise rather than competition.