The Fourth and Final

Writer: Carolina M.

Editor:​ Lucas V.

Photographer/Graphic Designer: Anushka V.

Since its inception, ISM has been an athletic powerhouse. This holds true for fourth season, which begins just the week after the final IASAS events. Fourth season marks a time when students get back into the sports they may have played in either first or second seasons. The timing of these activities coincides with final assessments and exams, challenging students to balance their school work alongside sports and extracurriculars.

Bamboo Telegraph interviewed the coaches of both the football and volleyball teams to get a better understanding of what occurs during the fourth season and how they run their training sessions. Mr. Sheard, coach of the varsity girls football team, notes that fourth season “is very valuable” because of how limited their training opportunities will be next year. He also recognizes that this is an opportunity for both new coaches to “establish a relationship with the squad”. He adds that fourth season has allowed for both him and Mr. Birchenall, the assistant coach, to “look at the fitness level within the group and introduce some expectations”. Similarly, Mr. MacInnes, the coach of the varsity boys football team, describes this time period as “crucial” to the programme, as it allows for the boys to coalesce after the hiatus between seasons. “Aside from reconnecting players, ”Mr. MacInnes says, “we can welcome along the boys who played for the Aspirants and check their progress as well as run the rule over grade 8 prospects.” Additionally, Mr. Thibodeau of the varsity boys volleyball team believes that the fourth season is a chance “to get athletes to envision what the next year may look like”, which can be beneficial for those who are looking to join a sport next year.

Each coach has a unique training philosophy. Coach Thibodeau describes his sessions as “loose and flexible”, completely aware of the stressful time it overlaps with. He states that these practices are a “time for athletes to get game experience and reps, not for team dynamic and game strategies.” Mr. MacInnes, on the other hand,  already started working on “passing, movement, and positive communication”. Macinnes notes that, in contrast to the volleyball’s more relaxed sessions, the varsity football boys are expected to attend as many sessions as possible and “train with a high level of intensity”. He also believes that whether it’s the fourth season or the first, he wants to “see players demonstrating good habits in every session.” Mr. Sheard follows a similar train of thought, saying that fourth season attendance shows “a certain level of commitment” and establishes his “views, thoughts, and opinions about factors that need to be considered when selecting players.”

So, whether you’re participating in a fourth season sport for leisure or for improving your skills, remember to give it your all and play with passion because you never know what may catch the coaches’ attention.