A lot of hard work and dedication goes into transitioning to varsity, but that is what JV is for; it functions as a preparation for future Varsity players. However, when you are new to school and new to the environment, and directly placed in Varsity, you may not be as socially prepared as you should be.
Looking past all the individuals and their feelings, when the team is out on the field they all have the same goal: To work together, whether they are friends or strangers.
“It is pretty hard becoming a part of the group. A lot of the conversations are about what’s going on at school. They talk about the people and teachers, but I don’t really know any of the people they talk about.”
Another important aspect of a varsity team is team bonding. Team bonding has been a long tradition of ISKL; the team meets up, eats some food and just gets to know each other. Many a time, teams of any kind begin to feel like a family, because they know each other on that personal level, and that’s important. Trusting each other positively affect both socially and performance on the field.
“It’s a good concept, but when we actually do it I mostly end up just sitting around eating food and watching the conversations go on. The first time was awkward, but hopefully, it will be better as time goes on.”
Compared to being new on a Junior Varsity team, being new on a Varsity team feels different because you are most likely placed with a mixed group of people. This causes some problems because it might be harder starting and contributing to conversations due to different interests.
It is also different because Varsity teams are taken way more seriously than Junior Varsity teams, so the team is way more focused on their common goal than making friends.