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As a new season of winter sports start, several athletes also begin training for spring sports. Most of these athletes hold their own form of practices; focusing on the basics of training so when the season comes they’re ready to compete at a more intense level.

Although every athlete prepares in a different way, practicing with other teams is a common way for athletes to stay in shape between seasons. Sophomore Michael Swarner is getting ready for soccer season. He said, “I practice with the local team and with my soccer team and at home. I practice a lot. I practice everyday for at least 2 ½ hours.”

Senior Jonathan Gasporra, who is preparing for baseball, also said, “I’m working out everyday and practicing with my select team.”

Additionally, some athletes choose to stay in shape by participating in other school sports. Senior Mary Forbes, who is training for fastpitch and is currently on the wrestling team, said, “I am in two other sports, so I train through those other sports by getting exercise and stuff so I’m fit for the season, but on days that I don’t have practice I will go to the fields and hit.”

Athletes who are training for track, however, mainly stick to running and lifting; depending on their events. Junior Zach Sivankeo said, “I’m doing some speed interval training and some weight training. Training now will maximize my best potential and ability and help me break a lot of records this year.”

Another runner, freshman Audrey Snedecor, has been running as well. She said, “I run about three times a week. I run around three or more miles usually. By preparing right now, I’ll be ready to go into practice, I won’t have any trouble doing any of the workouts.”

Training during the offseason is able to give athletes a head start when it comes time to officially start practice. Gasporra explained, “It lets me focus on the things I need to focus on now, so when the season comes around I’m already better at those and my skills just flow through the season.”

As well as developing their skills, some sports choose to develop their team. Forbes said, “On Thursdays the softball team meets in the weight room, and we do weights and sometimes we’ll do inside activities like practice hitting or ground balls. As a team, we develop a better sense of our skills, and we can get better connections with our teammates so we can get a step ahead. When we enter the actual season we are already working well together and we are ready to actually play.”

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