Most schools, NHS included, lack a soccer program during the spring season. For many students, this might pose a problem, as they would be unable to play the sport they love and might be forced to choose a new sport or play no sport at all. Fortunately, the Nantucket Soccer Club has provided an opportunity for students to play soccer during the spring.
NSC gives players the chance to stay in shape during the traditional “off-season” and prepare for the highly competitive fall season. Most teams play off-island opponents for a chance to make it to the Massachusetts State Tournament where the most talented soccer teams from all over the Commonwealth of Massachusetts compete.
“I would say that spring soccer, not just for me but in general, gives soccer players the opportunity to play outside the fall season, which is the main sports season,” said senior Andrew Dawson. “It gets soccer-playing athletes to play all-year round, keep their touch, maintain team chemistry, and stay in shape.”
Spring soccer allows student-athletes looking to improve their game time to practice and fine tune their skills.
The spring season differs from the fall season in that it is much more of a relaxed atmosphere. While the competitive aspect still remains, students are able to enjoy themselves much more, as the teams tend to be smaller in size, offering them more of an opportunity to develop stronger relationships with teammates.
“Spring soccer is definitely a fun way to end the year, especially as a senior now, it’s good way to go out as it isn’t very stress-inducing,” said Dawson.
While the players can relax a bit as the playing isn’t as competitive as in the fall, it also helps them to build bonds with teammates in a friendly atmosphere and strengthen the team as a whole.
“It allows me to get close to my friends,” explained Dawson. “Not just my close friends, but those who I’ve been playing with my whole life, because with Spring Soccer you almost play with the same kids every year.”
With the ability to get more comfortable with peers on a team level comes greater success in future sports seasons, as the growth of trust among one another induces higher efficiency as a team.
“I would definitely recommend [spring soccer],” said Dawson. “I would say that for three sport athletes, it’s hard to make that transition to playing one sport twice a year. “But if you are really trying to improve your game and stay active, I would say join spring soccer.”
Spring soccer may be an unfamiliar experience, but the benefits that it holds and the potential impact it has on student-athletes and their future athletic endeavors is substantial.