BY ERIN GREENBAUM
Just after tryouts, girls soccer players at the Bay said they were able to reflect on the tryout process and the nerves that come with it. Sophomore Isabella Serna said having friends at the tryouts alongside her eased her nerves greatly.
“At first I was so nervous, however, I did have a friend to accompany me and I knew some girls that were already on the team, so that made me a little more comfortable,” Serna said. “What mostly calmed my nerves is knowing we were just simply going to play a scrimmage for the whole time and I started to feel my rhythm.”
Like Serna, senior Natalia Matamoros also said nerves are common when trying out for a sport. Though she said she gets nervous, Matamoros explains that her excitement overpowers her anxiety about the tryouts.
“Every year it’s pretty common for me to get butterflies before tryouts, but they are more from excitement! Every year girls get to come together from different clubs to play for the same high school and it’s cool to see players who you’ve once played with or against,” said Matamoros. “Sometimes if I ever get nervous I keep in mind that I know some of these girls already and that we all have the same goal of wanting to represent our high school.”
Even adults, such as girls soccer coach Kate Dwyer, say they may get anxious before a big tryout or game. Dwyer said these nerves are natural and she has experienced them firsthand.
“I played soccer growing up as well as playing Division 1 soccer in college. Of course, you are nervous because that is only natural,” Dwyer said.
Matamoros explained the importance of preparing well for tryouts and highlighted key aspects in preparation. Some important ways to get ready for tryouts, Matamoros said, are hydration, sleeping, and eating well.
“In preparation for tryouts, I made sure to drink a lot of water the night before, because it is important to be hydrated and well-rested before tryouts, in order to ensure the best performance from the body,” Matamoros said.
Dwyer said remaining aware of COVID guidelines was also an important aspect of tryouts to both athletes and coaches. She explains the measures taken regarding restrictions.
“The student-athletes have to do the QR code upon entering the park and also have their masks on. Masks stayed on for stretching, then once we started playing, masks were voluntary,” Dwyer said. “We are aware that some are uncomfortable with the times right now and we 100% respect those decisions. Playing high school sports are 100% voluntary, so they are playing knowing there are those chances of contracting the virus out there. All the varsity girls play soccer year-round and have been playing since June/July, so, to be honest, in high school soccer there are more rules/regulations than there are for clubs, so it is working out well.”
Student-athletes, such as Serna, said that sufficient measures have been taken to prevent the spread of the virus while continuing with a sports season. Serna said that there were multiple precautions put in place.
“Every day before entering the park, we have to fill out a form which asks our temperature, if we have felt any symptoms of COVID, and lists examples of symptoms in different questions,” Serna said. “We were also given our own water bottles for each athlete to keep, which no one can share, and we have to bring our own balls.”