No man’s land


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No man’s land refers to land that no man controls for fear or uncertainty of losing control to someone or something else.

According to the Physical Education Effectivness report for the years 2005 and 2006, 2,460 students took Physical Education classes. This number has increased slowly until it reached 3,730 students for 2009 and 2010.

To you, this fact may not be important, but have you ever wondered if anyone among them has ever taken more than one team sport?

Joe Morello, dean of the athletics department, says he is unaware of any student who is currently participating in more than one sport. He says that in his experience, students in the past have expressed interest in the idea but have given up within a few weeks after the start of classes.

Let’s face it: Doing more than one team sport is not a walk in the park. After all, each of the sports that Skyline offers requires different skills to be learned and applied while on the field, both in practice sessions and in games.

If you think about it for a moment, why would any person want to do more than one team sport? The team sports that Skyline College already offers such as baseball, basketball, wrestling, badminton and soccer, have nothing in common besides the fact that they all require a person to be physically fit. So why do it? Is there something we don’t know? Is there a hidden secret? The answer in the end depends on your objective.

Dean Morello says the reason no one has done it before is that the sports offered here at Skyline are not similar enough. Participating in multiple sports wouldn’t necessarily allow a student to learn the same set of skills and apply it to both sports that he or she is doing.

Danny Link, head coach of the soccer team, said that he would encourage the idea only if students are able to maintain good grades and put in the time for each sport.

Playing two team sports has both advantages and disadvantages, some of which are listed below:

If a player is equally skilled in both sports, it should provide an individual the chance to be recruited in either sport.

If students are looking to just play for fun or can’t make up their minds, participating in two sports would be an opportunity to play the games they love without making a choice. The only requirement is that the player is good enough to compete.

It would allow a student to be exposed to diverse teaching methods and different sporting cultures.

Students doing two sports will have to learn two completely different sports and skill sets before reaching their full potential in either.

A dual athlete will do more training compared to someone who does only a single sport.