The Beginning of the Best Year Yet

Photo Credit: Dr. Chris Land
Photo Credit: Dana Vancisin

By Libby Kern ’17

The new school year is rapidly approaching, and for students attending preseason, summer is coming to a close even sooner. On August 23, students who wish to come early for fall sports will arrive on Thacher’s campus. After almost three months of vacation, many people are anxious to reunite with their friends, while others groan at the idea of starting classes. Preseason is a great opportunity for people to ease back into the Thacher routine and train for the coming sports season.

Zion Alcindor ‘17, who attended preseason football last year, says, “Preseason is great because you really get to bond with your team and coaches. It’s a great way to start the school year.” Preseason is really about forming a good team dynamic while getting in shape for the season. Zion also has some advice for students. “Condition and train before arriving. The preseason experience is more fun if you’re in shape.”

Most sports teams will have two practices each day—one in the morning and one in the afternoon. Between practices, there is free time to set up your room, hang out with friends, relax in your room, or go to the pool, which is usually a popular activity because of the heat. A huge part of preseason is having to deal with Ojai’s hottest time of year. Last year, there were several days where the temperature reached over 110º F. This year, the first couple of days are predicted to be around the low-nineties. Luckily, there are some ways to stay cool:

  • Put your fan in front of an open window at night and close all windows during the day. This way, the cold air will stay sealed in your room.
  • Take cold showers. It may be tempting to take a hot shower, but you will feel much better after taking a cold shower. Also, if you take one at night, don’t dry off completely before you go to bed.
  • Get a wet washcloth and put it on your stomach at night.
  • Leave your comforter at the end of your bed and use only sheets for the first couple of weeks.
  • Go to the pool.

Students new to preseason may be wondering about the logistics for the week. This year, the storage will arrive several days after the students, so everyone should make sure they have enough clothes and bedding for a few days. The dining hall is served buffet-style for breakfast, lunch, and dinner every day. Students who fly to school should make arrangements with Thacher Transportation or taxis to be picked up from the airport.

Summer really is coming to an end, but the good news is that we get to return to our second home very soon and see our Thacher family. Though tiring and not required, preseason is also fun and beneficial, leading students to return year after year for the experience.

See you at preseason!

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