The Hard Truth of Being Cut From a Sports Team

More by Michael Borecki - 4/17


etting cut from a sports team is arguably one of the worst feelings. After spending the entire summer going to training camps and running a mile each day, it seems to be a waste when the coach sits you down to tell you that you did not “have what it takes” to make the team this year.

This fall, I was cut from the junior varsity field hockey team, along with four other sophomores. None of us thought we would be the ones making the walk of shame to the parking lot, listening to other girls who made the team shriek about how they barely tried and still made it. It was especially hard to see girls who did not even meet the mile time make the team. Admittedly, we sulked and wallowed in our sadness for a few days, but we knew the high school had more to offer than field hockey.

Freshman Lauren Flynn was cut from the field hockey team as well. She too went to training camps and practiced all summer, but like me, did not meet the coach’s expectations.

“I was so upset that I got cut from something I worked hard for and had such a passion for,”

She did not see any hope for a good start to her first year of high school. Lucky for the both of us, cross country was starting the next week.

Even though we were still upset, joining cross country was an amazing experience with amazing people.

“I was hesitant at first, but I ended up loving it and I couldn’t have asked for a better team than the one I became apart of.”, Flynn said.

The fun atmosphere and the accepting captains on cross country was nothing I had ever been apart of before, not on the field hockey team at least. Flynn was resilient: instead of moping, she pushed aside her misery, tried something new, and ended up loving it.

The high school has more opportunities than just sports, although it seems Darien revolves around them. DHS offers more than 20 clubs, with something for everyone, from the Rap Club, to the French Club, and the Genetics Club. It is not absolutely vital that you should play a sport every season, though it may seem that way. There is so much to offer at the high school that once you stop worrying about being cut, you realize that there are better things you could be doing with your time.

In an article written in the Neirad by Brendan Ferguson in October of 2012, he explains that a lot of teams at DHS who cut from their programs have a lower winning percentage than those who did not cut from their programs.

"The average winning percentage for teams who cut students from their programs in 2011 was .370 while the average winning percentage for teams who did not cut students from their programs in 2011 was .796."

It is pointless to argue that cuts should not exist, because they always will, even though it is devastating for the players. Although it stung to see the field hockey girls practice and pose in pictures on Instagram, I knew I had a better time on the cross country team. Not making the team made me realize that I did not even like field hockey that much anyway. So, thank you to the field hockey coaches for cutting me this fall.


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