Morning Practices vs Afternoon Practices


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Are Morning Practices Worth It?

Rachel Heller, Staff Writer

Many sports, such as water polo, surf, cross country, varsity football, varsity soccer, and volleyball on occasion and a few more, have morning practices. There are both good and bad things to having practices in the morning rather than in the afternoon. In the afternoon, there may be really hot weather that coaches want to avoid, so they move practice to 5:30 to 6:00 in the morning, which gives them an advantage of getting out of school at 1:35.

Water sports (water polo, surf, and swim) may have a disadvantage to having morning practice because there is cooler weather in the mornings. The chances of getting sick from being in the water, and then exposed to the breezy air on their chest, can result in sickness and colds. Sports tend to have practices earlier if they have a game on the same day, but still need to get a practice in beforehand. If there is no game or competition for a team, coaches generally want to escape the heat in the afternoon.

Waking up early can make students especially tired throughout their day, but they are able to go home early since they do not have practice in the afternoon. When teams wake up early to commit to their team practice, it shows dedication towards the coaches.

Practice times differ for each sport, but having a different schedule can work out nicely for students. They may have extra homework time when they go home early, or they can take a nap to get extra sleep that athletes need. Having practice after school may result in stress because there is less time to do homework after school. Coaches keep this in consideration and know that students have homework to work on. Schoolwork and practice are both equally important to coaches and most students so they want to try to make time for both.