The question has been brought up asking “Is the homecoming pep rally too focused on the football team?” Most people do not have a problem with the focus being the football team, considering the fact that the homecoming game is a football game. Other people who are also involved in other fall sports, and some members of our student body who may not favor our football team think otherwise. Maybe the other teams’ introductions and cheers are not long enough.
Tara Collins, a senior on the field hockey team, and Chase Childers, a senior on the golf team, both feel that the focus should be more spread out because there are other successful sports teams within our school, which is not a bad idea at all. Each team deserves an equal amount of time. “Not everything revolves around them,” Collins said, which is an excellent point that the other sports do deserve stardom, as well as the football players. Is there a better time for recognition than the homecoming pep rally?
Robert Wimes, a senior who plays for the varsity football team, said, “Homecoming has always been focused around the football players; it’s to help get us hype for the game.” This is also completely understandable. Homecoming pep rallies have always been focused around the football team; it is a tradition. Tara Miller, a senior on the soccer team, also agrees that it is a tradition, but believes more organization needs to be shown, and that each team should get equal recognition.
Soccer, volleyball, field hockey, golf and cross country are the other fall sports that get minor introductions. Cheerleaders receive the second-most recognition during the pep rally. They walk out with the football players, say a cheer and perform stunts in front of the entire student body and faculty members. Kayla Pesante, a junior and one of the two varsity cheerleading captains, however, claims that because it is a football homecoming game the debate could go either way. Although, she would still like to see each team get more recognition.
Ryan Burton, the senior SGA president and member of the boys soccer team, said, “Maybe if they simmer down the intensity of the enthusiasm behind just the football team and make it less of a focal point of the whole pep really, I would not mind that at all.” This emphasizes the point that even though some people feel that they’re impartial to the football team introduction, they still would like to feel included. Savanna Blouin, a senior on the volleyball team, feels that because it is a football homecoming game, allowing the football team to have their stardom is not a bad idea; however, teams in other competitive sports throughout the season should get fair introduction as well to emphasize their importance.