By Sullivan Burgess ’20
Two of the most popular sports at Providence College occur in the winter: basketball and hockey. Every year at PC, these sports begin their season as the fall sports seasons, including volleyball, soccer, and field hockey, come to an end.
Some students believe that winter sports should start after the fall season has officially ended, like many high school sports. However, the truth of the matter is that it is best for the winter sports to begin as they normally have, before the fall sports are finished.
Hockey and basketball, games start between the middle of October and the beginning of November. Teams need this time to develop and practice their games. The expectations for our sports teams are usually high, so in order for them to play as expected, they need as much practice as they can get.
One of the biggest aspects of being on a team is balancing sports and school. When starting the sports season early, the student athlete is able to adjust faster to balance both heavy school work and training.
Another aspect these student athletes need to experience is the game day vibe on campus, and how to successfully perform in front of bigger crowds where many people are relying on them to bring honor and bragging rights to the school.
Lastly, students also like having multiple games to choose from throughout the week or day to attend and show off their Friar spirit. The idea of going to a soccer or volleyball game around noon, then attending a basketball game in the early evening, followed by a hockey game at night is exciting. Students are able to show support for all sports across all seasons, and be a true Friar Fanatic as they show consistent support for their school.
Winter sports should start before fall sports finish their season because it allows the athletes to train to the best of their abilities and help the school achieve numerous successes for their athletics program. This also brings excitement and spirit from fans.