Golf has always been a controversial sport. Many people find it competitive and fun, but is that enough to constitute a sport? The definition of sport, according to Google, is an activity involving physical exertion and skill in which an individual or team competes against another or others for entertainment. A sport or not a sport, that is the question.
According to Samueli Academy’s Boys Golf Coach, Mr. Jones, golf not being a sport is a bunch of BS. He goes on to state that golf is respected by the Olympic Committee because it will be in the Olympics in the year 2020.
Although Mr. Jones made his point very clear, many people believe that golf is not a sport. Golf doesn’t involve much conditioning.
Golf does need lots of practice. You need to have lots of skill to be a good golf player. Between keeping your elbow straight and staying at an athletic pose, the sport offers many challenges to overcome.
An apparent trend is that many people that don’t think golf is a sport have never played golf before. Don't judge a book by its cover.
Mr. Jones is the boys golf coach and genuinely enjoys golf as a hobby. Mr. Kalbhen makes sure that everyone knows his passione for disliking golf. The feud between the two is something that many people find entertaining. Mr. Jones and Mr. Kalban may have very different opinions on golf and many people may argue about this subject as well. Golf is a very controversial sport that many people play in the United States.
Golf was in the Olympics in 1900 and 1904. It was recently added in 2016 and will be in 2020. All in all, golf is an olympic sport
By Arthur Cortez
Boys’ soccer at Samueli Academy has established itself as a program to showcase our athletes’ talent and passion for the sport. Preseason has begun and players are preparing for their upcoming games.
In addition to the players ramping up for the new season, so is our new soccer coach, Cameron Howard. As the coaches who preceded him, Coach Cameron’s goal is to win CIF this year and put the school’s name out there to be recognized.
In our short history of competing with other schools in boys’ soccer, Samueli has had two previous coaches. Our former coach, Coach Fernie was a great coach who mentored and trained the boys’ soccer teams the previous two years. Coach Beltran, who was the most successful coach at Samueli Academy soccer program was the founding coach beginning with the 2014-15 season. Coach Beltran decided to follow his dream of creating beautiful works of art. The foundation that coach Beltran built for this program without a doubt still impacts many of our current varsity players.
“Coaches come and go, and so do the seasons,” said Eduardo Leon, varsity soccer player. “It’s a new season with a new coach and new expectations.” This means that all players will have to prove that they want to be part of the team, regardless if they have previously played on the team. “Show it on the field, players are discouraged when another player claims he will automatically have a reserved spot on the team,” says Eduardo. “It’s a different experience for each coach. Beltran coached a quick-passing Barcelona style. Coach Fernie was more counter-attacking. Coach Cameron I feel will be a more tactical coach, similar to Coach Beltran,” Eduardo further explains.
Players have greater expectations as they gain more experience playing for the team, and for the younger players, they shouldn’t be shy to bring their creativity and talent to the team.
As many of the varsity team members are seniors, and this will be their last season playing for Samueli, the team will pull together to reach the goal they share with Coach Cameron, to win CIF.
Many of us buy into the universal cliche about PE uniforms, they never fit well, they're uncomfortable, or most commonly, they just don’t look good. At Samueli Academy, some of our students and staff can see beyond the cliche and have suggestions that have the potential to elevate the PE uniform beyond it’s cliche status.
. According to a staff member, Diego Cervantes, “the PE uniform helps kids preserve their own clothing, because during sports you’ll get really sweaty and pretty dirty. So your personal clothes don’t get messed up.” Along with Diego’s statement, if we’re being honest with ourselves, the PE uniform is more comfortable to wear during physical activity than wearing jeans and our normal clothes.
A freshman states,“The color of the uniform is a bit too dark especially since the sun attracts to black”, said Annie Chang.
So if most people had the chance to change the uniform they would. Annie Chang said,”The PE shirt would be light gray [...]. I would add our school mascot onto the shirt [...] school name on the shirt. [...]and the color of the shorts should be a blue color”
The majority of people would complain that the only down side of the PE uniform is that “The shirt could be less heavy and more of an active wear shirt”, said Diego Cervantes. As most people also say that the shirt is too rough. But even if it was optional to wear the PE uniform, there may be a few student that would wear the uniform compared to their personal clothes.
So in the end the PE uniform is not that bad and helps quite a bit and We might just have to wear them to show our school spirit.
Who else enjoys playing sports and watching them? A cite shows that teenagers enjoy playing the most sports because they have tons of energy. Here at Samueli Academy we have an amazing soccer team for both female and male teams. Our basketball teams have gotten CIF so we can play for championships and our volleyball teams are great. There’s just one thing that affects all these sports. Our home games are being held at other schools for each sport. Our soccer team's home field is at Santa Ana College. We scatter around the city for our games and it makes it difficult for our families and staff to come to our games.
People would love to play in front of their parents and their teachers but some schools we play at are too far for them to go. Mr. Sheppard, the sports administrator at our school, said, “We will need a lot of money to do this. The school comes in phases and the gymnasium is phase three. The building you’re in was the first phase.”
“The second phase is the performing arts center and a community office,” said Mr. Sheppard. “If one person wants to donate $10,000,000 than great but if ten people want to donate $100,000 each than that’ll be great too.” These buildings should be done around 2020. We will be getting rid of the bungalows which are the buildings on the outer campus. Since they will be knocked down than all that extra space is going to be our own soccer field. The gymnasium will hold the two common sports that need the courts such as basketball and volleyball. Since these sports are different seasons, they won’t be competing with each other for the courts.
With the school expanding every year with more freshmen coming in of course they are going to want to try out for the sports teams. On September 12, 2017 we had basketball tryouts and there was a lot more freshmen trying out than any other grade. Same thing for soccer, there were many of freshmen trying out for the team. Head of School, Anthony Saba, said that “Santa Ana College might revoke our home games from being there.” We won’t have any more home games if that happens and we will have to call another school that will let us play soccer there.
“My daughter is currently on the volleyball team and it is very difficult to go see her play because I am to busy or can’t go because it is during school or too far,” said Mr. Saba. With that being said it will be a lot better to have a home court at school because it will give us a chance to go see the games here and the teachers could go support the students.
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