The atmosphere was thick with intensity, all eyes searched for the athlete who was about to make the play of the season. In a moment, the game was over; lights flashed, buzzers blared. The champions screamed until their voices cracked. As they pumped the air with sweaty fists, the team victoriously lifted one another higher and higher on their sweaty shoulders. For the managers, however, the night was not at a close, they still had to pack up and look forward to unforgiving tasks such as bleaching war stained jerseys, which is tedious if not completely nauseating.
Even with the completion of the event, another will always be close at the managers’ heels. Some managers may work up to three games per week, and that does not include practices, which can be very time consuming.
Senior Alicia Frieburger admitted, “I have to put a lot of time into managing boys’ tennis. We help out and fill in during practice where needed and at matches we help set up and get water.”
What is it that consumes so much of a manager’s time? Senior Mandy Scher answered that question bluntly, “To tell you the truth, managers are like moms. We clean up after the players, we do their laundry, fix their equipment, we make them food, and if they get a boo boo, we clean it up, slap a band-aid on it, and tell them to go back out there and play nice with others.”
In all honesty, what would provoke someone to volunteer for such a task? For some, it is an opportunity for a college scholarship, or even a career in sports management. Many managers have taken the job simply because it is a great way to make friends.
For Senior Rachael Anspach, however, “it’s off-season for girls’ tennis, so it’s a good way for me to keep playing.”
In truth, this working staff is not completely unappreciated for their hard work. For example, Junior football player Nick Abbott, who was injured for a few weeks, said, “I never really realized how much work the managers do for the team until I became an honorary manager and had to help them.”
Perhaps the greatest part about being a manager is witnessing the growth of a team, or maybe even the simple life lessons passed from one another.
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