A break in seasons does not provide relaxation time

Whether or not Staples sports teams make it on to FCIAC, all fall seasons come to an end at some point in November. But what happens next? Depending on which sports students play, the off-season could last a few weeks or as long as nine months.

For Staples swimmer Kenzie Healy ’17, there is no such thing as an off-season.

When asked about  time off from swimming, she said, “Essentially there is none, although during championship season we may taper and have an easier practice.”

Right when the Staples swim season ends, she continues swimming with her club team.

Similarly to Healy, Michael Reid ’15 has an off season filled with soccer. In Dec., Reid begins training with his club team, Everton.

“A lot of us go to the gym, we do a lot of running, and play for club team. Basically we just try and stay in shape as much as possible,” Reid said. He also emphasized the importance of off-season training to improve results during big games.

In addition to club play, Staples soccer coach Dan Woog offers many helpful soccer, physical, and cardiovascular workouts throughout  the off-season.

“We have voluntary 6 a.m. workouts in the fitness center two days a week from January to June,” Woog said. “We have two summer leagues and we have monthly competitions in different sports like basketball and volleyball. We have very tough ‘Workouts of the Week’ all summer.”

Like the boys’ soccer team, the football team keeps working during the off-season. The team punter Ryan Fitton ’17 explains the intensive training regimen they have to go through. “We lift three days a week during the winter and spring. We lift and run four days a week at 6:30 in the morning throughout the whole summer,” Fitton said.

As fall sports end, another season, the off-season, is just beginning for athletes. “The training keeps the team together,” Woog said. “It gives them confidence and strength.”