Pregame Traditions Hype Teams Up
by Nathaniel Deacon on Friday, October 16th, 2015
When Milton teams take to their respective fields this weekend, fans will cheer them on enthusiastically. This excitement is caused by the tremendous effort and chutzpah Milton athletes will show. Our athletes perform so well in part due to their strict regimen and routine. While practice and offseason training affect the athletes most significantly, pre-game traditions give them the extra edge they need to perform at an elite level.
One tradition that really hypes up the Boys’ Varsity Soccer team is their pre-game chant. According to co-captain Adam Bramson (I) “[the team] chants obscenities in the locker room” in order to prepare to crush their opponent. This tradition acts to ensure the team rarely loses.
Girls’ Varsity Soccer has a slightly more refined tradition. Before every home game, the “wolf pack” writes down their personal goals and reads them aloud. According to team member Zoe Pottow (I), “before every game [the team] high fives Mr. La(Rochelle) and walks down to the field in silence…in [their] pre game huddle [they] say ‘the strength of the pack’s the wolf, the strength of the wolf is the pack,’ and then [they] howl.”
Like soccer, the Varsity Football team engages in some traditions before each game. Quarterback and running back James Fadule (I) says that “the team goes to SSP (South Shore Plaza) every night before game for some yummy food.” According to Fadule, eating dinner together helps the team become more cohesive as a unit.
The Varsity Field Hockey team prepares itself for games by hitting a sign with an inspirational message with their sticks as they exit the ACC. Like the girls soccer team, the field hockey team also uses a quote for motivation. These quotes are chosen by one member of the team and printed onto a small piece of paper for each teammate. The team then folds up the papers and puts it in their shin guards.
Perhaps the most visible tradition on campus belongs to the boy’s cross-country team. Before every Friday practice, the team gleefully runs around campus with a shopping cart and loud speakers. Ben Pratt (IV) describes the event as “the best part of the week” and “what makes running worth it.”
While the Girls’ Cross Country team may not have traditions quite as recognizable as their male counterparts, pre-race rituals still play an important role in the team’s success. Throughout the course of the season the team runs to the ice cream smith, has a sing off, and a cookie swap. Before the ISL Championships the team participates in a “’secret psych,’ which is like secret Santa to get people pumped for the race” according to co-captain Sterling Dintersmith (I).
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