By Shelby Cheever
It’s a Friday afternoon, school’s out and you’re ready to have a good time. But your friends are all away at a soccer tournament, running in a cross-country meet or conditioning at football practice. You want to be involved in sports as well; you just don’t have the time or the athletic capability. So how can you participate in Holliston High School (HHS) sports teams off the field?
One option is sports photography for the HHS yearbook. According to HHS junior and Yearbook Club member Hannah Wolpert, the role of a sports photographer includes taking pictures at practices and games, adding captions to the pictures as they are placed in the yearbook, and interviewing players.
Through yearbook, Wolpert said she attends a variety of sports she may not have otherwise been involved in, such as “soccer, swimming, wrestling, football, and tennis. But it changes all the time.”
“I like the fact that I can be involved in anything” said Wolpert.
Furthermore, when asked if photographing sports was more rewarding than watching from the sidelines Wolpert said, “Oh yeah! Also, with the cameras we have you can take motion shots and really see the players’ skills.”
To become a sports photographer for the yearbook, Wolpert suggests attending the weekly meetings, joining the staff, and then beginning to take pictures once you are comfortable using the cameras.
If you are interested in committing to a particular sport rather than covering an assortment, becoming a team manager may be the ideal job for you!
According to JV Field Hockey coach Paul Hickey, the team manager has different duties for practice and game days. On a practice day, “First of all you have to sit down with the coach and figure out what needs to be done for daily practice. Getting water, helping with drills, figuring out a practice schedule,” said Coach Hickey.
On game days, Coach Hickey states that a team manager should “get the scorebook, timer and make sure the table and chairs are set up for the officials.”
HHS Junior and boys’ varsity lacrosse team manager Brooke Battersby stated that her co-manager, HHS senior Courtney Lunny, “did timing and I did stats and the roster. We baked for games and organized things for the team.”
Being a team manager “gives you something to do” said Battersby. “It’s fun, you get to do stuff with the team and not play.”
However, in order to not overstep their position and give the players some space, Battersby said, “We didn’t attend team dinners and we didn’t expect to be rewarded but they gave us flowers and gift cards anyways.”
To become a team manager, Battersby recommends speaking to the team captain or coach.
“Learn how to do the timer and book before the first game,” Battersby advises, laughing as she recalls her own experience as a first-time manager.
If the commitment of becoming a sports photographer or team manager is too daunting, there is always the option of supporting HHS teams from the sidelines as a fan.
While you may choose to cover your entire body in red paint and scream from the top of the bleachers at the top of your lungs, casually watching and cheering sports teams allows you to feel involved without any commitment or physical exertion.
“I go to games, I wear team colors, and I cheer really loudly,” said HHS junior Emily White, who attends football, soccer, and basketball games when she has the time or is feeling spirited. “I go because the games are fun, I’m actually interested in watching the games, and I have friends on the teams.”
Also, “having fans definitely boost the morale of the players,” said White.
Even though she is only cheering the teams on, White still feels involved in the sport and invested in the outcome of the game. “You just get that feeling of being part of the game atmosphere,” said White.
A new sports season is starting soon, and whether you’re capturing the game through a lens, behind the bench, or in the stands, you too can be involved in HHS sports.