AVHS Girls Softball Team Ethics

Antelope Valley High School has been performing in the Athletic department for over 100 years now. Over that course of time players have developed their own team ethic. As of the year 2019 AVHS Girls Softball Team presented how they collaborate and work as a team.

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AVHS Girls Softball Team Ethics

Jessie Marie Chong, Jasmine Campos, and Daniela Ledesma performing their weekly catchers warm ups during practice.

Jessie Marie Chong, Jasmine Campos, and Daniela Ledesma performing their weekly catchers warm ups during practice.

Photo credit: Alexandria Tristan

Jessie Marie Chong, Jasmine Campos, and Daniela Ledesma performing their weekly catchers warm ups during practice.

Photo credit: Alexandria Tristan

Photo credit: Alexandria Tristan

Jessie Marie Chong, Jasmine Campos, and Daniela Ledesma performing their weekly catchers warm ups during practice.

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On January 22, 2019 I visited the Lady Lopes at their softball field during their weekly practice. The girls began the day by bringing out the equipment and tending to the care of the softball field. Rawle Mcintosh the head coach arrived and addressed the girls to stretch and run. They followed directions and lined up on the foul territory line. The players were sure to address the new coming players how the running drills were done. After the drills had finished they began to stretch. They had formed a circle and Shermaya Evans had led the stretches. Once they had finished they began to do fielding drills.The assistant coach, Zarah Hamilton spoke to the girls and informed the girls that they would be catching the ball according to how it was hit. The players were sure to encourage each catch with “There we go!” and “good catch!” When the players did miss the ball the others were sure to address what the mistake was and that they would get it next time. They kept the practice serious but were sure to slip in some smiles and giggles here and there. They had continued this positive attitude towards the end of the practice. I took the liberty to ask some of the players regarding how they are as a team, and the following is what was said.

 

How do the Lady Lopes communicate as a team on the play field?

“Communication plays a huge role when it comes to making a proper play on the field. As a simple miscommunication can result in a massive error and can initially cause us the game so we are always sure to communicate. We have different ways of communicating depending on the situation. When we are on offense we communicate by letting every player know how many outs there are and how many players are on the base so we can know where the next play is. When we are on defense we let each player up to bat know how to hit and the base runners when to steal. We do this by using our communication signs so we always have to be on a look out for those.” – Shermaya Evans

 

Are the Lady Lopes keeping in touch out of the play field?

“Yes! We actually have group chats on multiple media platforms. We usually discuss about practice or games on them but there are times we simply just talk about what we’re up to and what’s going around us.” – Jessie Chong

 

Are there any team activities being performed to form a team bond?

“Yes! Every Wednesday after school we have team bonding. Team bonding is when we simply play games like catch and talk while we do so. Just so we can get to know each other a little more” – Destiny Vazquez

 

When a player makes an error on the field how is it addressed?

“We encourage them to do better next time. If the error occurs more then once coach Rawle Mcintosh will include the error in our next practice, that way we can correct our errors. This allows us to become stronger players and lessen our weaknesses. “- Shermaya Evans

 

When a player performs correctly on the field how is it addressed?

“We usually clap and recognize the player for their good performance. We say something along the lines of “good job!” and “That’s how it’s done!”  We never fail to recognize someone who performs correctly on the field “ – Jessie Chong