Spring Break Sports Trips
by Nia Atkins on Thursday, March 10th, 2016
For some Milton athletes, spring break means travelling with their team for pre-season training and competition. These trips are a great way for spring teams to prepare for the short season and have some fun. Boys’ and girls’ varsity lacrosse, varsity softball, and varsity baseball all travel for spring training.
Girl’s varsity softball usually goes to Florida or North Carolina for their spring break trip. Trying to top last year’s trip to Disney World, this year’s team will travel to Universal Studios for five days during the second week of spring break. All returning players and those trying out are encouraged, but not at all required to attend the trip each year. The team usually plays five to seven scrimmages. Last year the team did well, finishing with four wins and three losses.
Aside from games, the team also visits various theme parks and beaches. According to team member Libby Czarniak (II), last year they went to different Disney parks, and this year they plan on attending various Universal parks. Libby continued to say that she loves the spring break tournament because “the games give [them] an opportunity to get live games in before the season starts and help [them] come together as a team,” and that her favorite part about the tournament is “playing on a real field in warm weather and going to the theme parks.” Many of the players agree that the tournament is a great bonding experience.
Varsity baseball also travels to Florida every year, but switches up the specific venue. This year they’re going to Port St. Lucie for a week. Coaches recommend that those interested in joining the team attend so that they have the chance to play in preseason games before the rosters are decided. This year they will play six exhibition games – 3 for upperclassmen and 3 for underclassmen – against teams from all over the north. Although the games don’t count toward a record, pride is at stake since Milton baseball has a history of winning most of these preseason games each year. Training and practice are also an important part of the trip. Team captain Isaac Fossas (II) says that one of the advantages of going on the trip is that “it’s great for the team dynamic because [we] all stay in the same hotel with a few kids in each room.” The tone for the season is often set by the camaraderie that develops during the spring training trip.
Girls’ varsity lacrosse heads back to Clearwater Beach, Florida for their spring break trip this year. Both returning players and new hopefuls are encouraged to attend the 5 day trip. The trip is fast paced with the girls playing 7 games on top of daily practices. Still, there is always some time for fun on the beach or at a local trampoline park. Team member Lydia Capicotto (I) believes that a big benefit of going on the trip is “getting to know each other, especially the new players, and creating a team chemistry.” She continued to say that one of the greatest parts about the trip is the “team experiences and getting to be with the girls again.”
Lastly, boys’ varsity lacrosse will travel to Tampa, Florida. As with the other spring teams, returning members and those trying out are encouraged but not required to go on the trip. During the week, they play three exhibition games. When they aren’t playing games or practicing, they spend free time going to the beach together and enjoying the warm weather. The team agrees that the trip is a great way to get practice in before the season starts and build a foundation of trust among teammates.
Clearly, these spring break trips are an important step toward a successful season for all of the teams. They allow players to improve their skills, warm up for the season, and form bonds that are important for team dynamics.
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