The season started out like any other, one week of pain staking agony and push-ups. The constant workouts, sweat, and two hour practices were completely worth the outcome of my last volleyball season. The past four years of my high school career I spent being a member of the volleyball team. But to me, this is not just a team, this is my family. I knew I would become close with my team since I spent so much time with them, but then I realized even once volleyball was over, they would still be my family.
It was the moment I had been practicing for. I was finally going to try out for my middle school cheer team and hopefully make it. I was so excited I could barely focus on my classes that day. I had run through all of the steps at least 50 times that day. I had always wanted to do cheerleading and this was my moment to do it.
Tuesday and wednesday went by and thursday and friday were just scrimmage days. After school thursday we stretched and got warmed up then got straight to business we picked teams and started playing I didn 't think the teams were that fair but I didn 't really care I just had to play my game I started down with the freshman and sophomore like every other freshman but i wasn 't regular like them after a few games past the coaches seen that a had some talent and that I should be moved up with the jv and the varsity players so the coach plaste me in the other gym with the more advanced players and put me on a team as soon as i started playing with the older guys I noticed an immediate change in paste I started breathing harder my heart rate shot up and they were just way bigger than me but I had to make it work somehow I knew I wasn 't the best one out there but I hustled a lot and gave it my all and hoped that 's what coach was looking for. At the end of practice I was exhausted from all of the running up and down
One incident I can recount when I experienced failure was when I joined Cross Country. Since, I can remember I have always excelled at everything I did, from my academics to dance class to music lessons. When I entered into my freshman year of high school, I decided I would to join an athletic team in order to keep myself occupied outside of academics. I figured joining a sport would be another good attribute to add to my resume. Initially, my mind was set to join the soccer team.
I started to practice at my house—it was the only hoop available for me at the time. Everyday, I would go outside and just shoot as many shots as I can so, I could make my form better. A few weeks of practicing, I started to see progress in my form—I made more shots than usual. Since I thought I was getting better, I decided to ask my parents if they could put me in a basketball team. My parents agreed without any hesitation.
My parents urged me to keep trying and thankfully I never gave up and kept playing. By the end of the class my game was much better and I was finally keeping up with the other kids and from that point on I never looked back and my love for playing hockey continued to grow. After completing the class I joined the youth roller hockey league at the community center. Playing in the league taught me the fundamentals of hockey from basic skills like skating to what its like playing on a team and what it takes to win games and achieve the ultimate goal of winning a championship. Since then I have played hockey on a variety of levels from house leagues to travel leagues.
I’ve strived throughout my high school career to be the person others can look up to and follow on and off the field. Whether with it be my family, friends, or teammates. I’ve continued to try to set a good example and lead others. Just a few weeks after the end of my junior season, before our teams first lifting session I was awarded Varsity Captain decided by a vote held earlier by my fellow teammates and coaches. The coaches wanted to try something new in an attempt to gain some leadership in the weight room well before the start of our regular season.
I have had dance experience from the drill team and have been a member for four years. I am also in color guard, and have been for three years. Out of those three years we have gotten two Division 1’s. My junior year in high school I was the captain of the team and we got best color guard. My senior year I did not try out because of my busy schedule, but i regret not making more time for it.
An important discourse community that was a part of my life was my volleyball team during my four years of high school. I started playing my first year going into high school and continued until I graduated. Until now I wasn’t even aware that would even be considered a discourse community, but it fits all of the qualifications of Swales’ definition of a discourse community. Goals As a sports team, we obviously have goals; our main reason being to win against our opponents. The entire reason a team is put together and participating in practice almost every day is going towards our goal as a team to win games.
However, I realized my love and desire for the sport, which aided me to overcome this emotional scar by avowing to focus on becoming an even better player. The summer following my sophomore year I had a running routine, eating regimen, and training that I followed to make myself stronger. During that season my teammates, coaches, and fans took notice of my new motivation, I was always sent out to cover the best players on the other team. I was so focused that I emulated defensive plays of the US Women’s soccer team and played every game like it was the championship game of the season; because of my determination that season I receive the MVP award. Later, after winning the award I recognized that I did not only train harder for the award, but I worked harder because I had matured in my love for soccer and in my personal life to prove to myself that nothing is impossible.
Through the next months I followed concussion protocols and kept working hard at getting good grades, but also knowing rugby was right around the corner. Running through obstacles of finals and more homework, I battled headaches and the struggle of completing assignments with an injured head. The ending of school transitioned to more concussion protocols and an MRI. Nevertheless, summer was ending with the last concussion appointment. Ready to return to play, I optimistically went into the meeting of dreams to continue rugby.
Even on games where I didn’t start, I was getting a lot of playing time. That really pushed me to be even better for my senior season. After my first season of varsity was over I felt even more motivated to get better. I started lifting weights almost every day, even if it meant I had to go to the gym at midnight and still go to school the next morning. The summer of my senior year all I did was either work or work out, I barely spent any time with my friends.
After junior varsity competition was over, varsity was right around the corner and my tremendous job on JV had guaranteed my spot on one of the varsity teams. I was put on armed platoon which consisted of 13 cadets including the commander. There was a few upperclassman who thought I would cause them to lose, but I would practice to make sure I would be perfect. After three weeks of practice my very first Varsity competition had started and was hosted at the University of Tampa, competing with about 32 other schools in Florida. Stakes were very high that day for our school as we had always been the ones who would come out on top.
I never realized that years into the future I would fill their shoes, and carry the responsibility of being the person little girls looked up to. I didn’t know back then I would come the tremendously frightening and honoring understanding of how much I could influence a young person’s life. In our town there is a youth football program we have come to know as “Cadiz Biddy Football.” They start in August and play four teams two times each, then go into playoffs to see who gets to compete in the “Superbowl”. Along with the football program is a cheerleading program. Girls third through sixth grade sign up every year to cheer for the four quarters of every football game, along with doing a routine to entertain fans at halftime.
Camilia Saulino: Soccer Star in the Making The idea of being a professional soccer player is one entertained by many but for Camilia Saulino, the possibility is more than that. She has been playing since kindergarten, and played rec for nine years. Now, Saulino is on the Cleveland High School Junior Varsity team. Said Saulino about making the team; “I was very excited to get on the team because everyone was is good, and I didn’t think I was that level.” What she’s looking to next is maybe being on the Portland Thorns’ team. Saulino is balancing three days of practice and two games a week with her honors Spanish and an advanced math class.