It’s that time of year again when our student-athletes get back into shape to prepare themselves for a successful season. As summer conditioning turned into fall tryouts and training, our athletes are excited to be back on the field, heading to the courts and competing during a regularly scheduled sports season.
“I am most looking forward to seeing the athletes back on the field and court,” shared Mr. David Barth, South Huntington School District’s new Supervisor of Physical Education, Health, Athletics and Recreation. “Since I've stepped into the district, I have been impressed with the amount of off-season commitment that there is from all of our athletes and coaches. At any point of the day you can walk into the weight room, the gymnasiums or on the field and see coaches and athletes preparing for the upcoming school year,” he shared.
With last year’s fall sports season condensed to six weeks and moved beyond its typical September start, we are truly looking forward to a season resembling some normalcy, including the always anticipated Homecoming weekend in October. “I am expecting a spirited event!” expressed the Athletic Director. “Planning has started and we are looking forward to a fun-filled weekend where we can invite the community and alumni back to join in this celebration. Homecoming is always a great opportunity to celebrate the school and community and showcase so many of our students and athletes.”
The new Athletic Director offers advice to “enjoy the moment and control the controllable” with the district’s athletes and coaches. “If there is anything that the past year and a half has taught us, it is that things can be taken away pretty quickly and there are a lot of decisions that are out of our control.” Mr. Barth hopes for our student-athletes and coaches to enjoy the experience and focus their time and energies on what they can control. “Their effort, their attitude, their work ethic,” Mr. Barth shared are the areas in which he believes maintaining focus will contribute to a successful season.
Good luck to all of our teams as they begin a competitive start to the new school year!
To view our schools’ full sports schedule, visit http://www.sectionxi.org/v3/Schedules.asp