The following is from Carlinville High School Athletic Director Darrin DeNeve’s “Today in Carlinville Athletics” newsletter from Wednesday, May 13.
Good morning, CHS fans!
What an unusual finish to the school year we have had! Our girls soccer team, our girls track team, our baseball team and our softball team would have been starting post-season competition this week, and our boys track team sectional would have been scheduled for next week.
The entire TICA staff understands just how much of a bummer this has been for our student-athletes, our coaches, and our fans. Each season we have is the culmination of several hours (even years) of preparation by lots of different people. Student activities are an integral part of the overall educational experience, and it has been both difficult and strange not to have them around the last couple of months.
Of course, it is especially difficult for our seniors who have worked so hard and dedicated several years of their lives to a particular activity. I do feel particularly bad for them.
As a parent of a member of the CHS class of 2019 and the class of 2020, as the school’s athletics director and as the Cavaliers’ girls basketball coach, I have an acute awareness of just how much time can be spent devoted to these activities.
While I still am in total belief of the various positive benefits that athletics can offer, I think it is possible that this time away from sports can also provide some perspective. Perhaps for some folks, an awareness has developed that a little balance in their lives moving forward is necessary.
Some introspection about the role sports play in our lives can help some of us at this time. We might want to ask ourselves “What is it that we truly miss about sports?”
Is it the competition? Is it the enjoyment we get from watching others compete? Are our student-athletes and coaches missing going to practices, where they are not only preparing for competition, but also developing relationships and reaping the benefits from working together towards a common goal? Do we really miss hollering at umpires and referees? Do we really miss complaining about coaches for their decision making?
Is it really helping my children to be as scheduled as they have been? Is it becoming clearer to us that sports provide us with opportunities to experience highs and lows that help teach us to become better people, and that these highs and lows are not really as big of a deal as we make them out to be?
Depending on who you are, asking yourself what you miss about sports could possibly give you a better perspective and attitude when we are able to resume competition. I’m sure you could make a similar argument about other activities that have been paused for you during this time.
For what it’s worth, I don’t want you to think that I have been dwelling on these thoughts. I’m probably not as deep of a thinker as the above indicates. Mostly, I like sports because I think they’re fun, it’s good exercise, and I enjoy fair competition, whether I’m involved or just a spectator. Sports don’t have to be complicated; they can simply be a welcome distraction sometimes.
My own kids are a little older and have been pretty busy with their studies. However, I sincerely hope that there are a lot of younger kids in the district who are getting some time to play in a way that is not quite as structured as they have become used to.
I’m hoping some siblings are playing some wiffle ball games in their yards with rules that they are making up themselves, learning what a “ghost runner” is, figuring out how to play “21” or “HORSE” with their siblings in basketball, that sort of thing.
I hope some big brothers or sisters are adjusting the games they play with a sibling to make it fair for everyone. Maybe I’m being nostalgic, but I do think some of these sorts of things have been missing for several years, and I’m hopeful that several youngsters are out there bringing them back.
Those are just some thoughts on this Wednesday morning. It is Wednesday, isn’t it? I’m having a hard time keeping track lately.
Have a good day!