Writer: Scott F.
Visual: Somya D.
Editor: Lucas V.
For success in athletics, it is essential to stay hydrated, have a healthy diet, cooperate with teammates, and many other factors. However, something that trends toward the top with regards to importance in athletics is the cheering and support off the field. Bamboo Telegraph interviewed athletes that will be competing in the upcoming IASAS tournament on how, when and why they love to be cheered on.
To understand the importance of athletic support, Ben P. in regards to cheering says, “it lets me as well as the team know we have people supporting us. I think it is very important to cheer because when you are on the court and the momentum is lost, it is hard to pick yourself up and increase your energy.” Motivation will be key to athletes like Ben, hopefully throughout IASAS, athletes get to experience the feeling of pride from support on the sideline.
While spectators may think it’s great to cheer all throughout the games, there are specific times in each competition where support is crucial. Phillip S., an IASAS soccer athlete, pointed out that, “cheering is the most important at the beginning of the game to get players hyped for the whole game. It is also important during intense moments such as goal scoring.” The thrill of approval from the fans is an invaluable feeling when you have just scored or made a key play. On the contrary, IASAS XC runner, Ian C., thinks that, “cheering is most important at the finish of a race so that athletes have the motivation to finish strong.”
Other IASAS athletes are hopeful for individual cheers and chants throughout the tournaments. Jacob T., the solo freshman IASAS volleyball player, simply says, “I like to be cheered,” and prefers the chant, “Ja-cob-T M-V-P.”
This was not the only specific cheering method that the interviewed athletes suggested for the HS community during IASAS. Marco D., another IASAS soccer athlete, recommends that the spectators start the famed Icelandic “Thunder Clap”, which entails clapping above one’s head in sync with the crowd, gradually getting more frequent and louder. Both Marco and Phillip go on to say ISM soccer is, “going for gold” and “defending the home field”. This mindset will hopefully propel our athletes during IASAS.
The role of spirit and enthusiasm in the cheering and support of ISM athletes will play a fundamental role in the success of our athletes in this “Super” IASAS tournament. BT strongly encourages its readers to follow the athletes’ advice and enthusiastically support them as they try to bring glory to the school. Let’s go bearcats!