Christian Brothers is home to many talented athletes who make us proud to attend games. But what about the athletes who couldn’t make those teams? What about those whose skill couldn’t quite match their spirit? What about those who like to play just as much they work? The Talon spoke to some “misfits” for an […]
Christian Brothers is home to many talented athletes who make us proud to attend games. But what about the athletes who couldn’t make those teams? What about those whose skill couldn’t quite match their spirit? What about those who like to play just as much they work? The Talon spoke to some “misfits” for an insight on recreational sports outside of Christian Brothers.
Since soccer is the fourth most popular sport played in America, tryouts for CB’s teams are quite competitive. Christian Brothers has a wide variety of athletes on their soccer team, all with different skill levels.
“I’ve only tried out for the team once and had very little experience of playing soccer with a club,” said senior athlete and San Diego State University commit, Katie Phipps (‘20) I decided to try out because I didn’t think it was too difficult to get on the team.”
Try outs can be stressful, and Katie began to feel the pressure and worry of not making the team.
“Honestly on the fourth day of try outs I cried. I got worried and thought about not being on the team with my friends and the idea of failure.”
Katie emphasized that it takes the right mindset and attitude before trying out for a sport
“It’s not as much as skill as it is your attitude and drive for the team,” she says, “You have to want it most, and from there, passion will take over. As soon as you doubt yourself, it shows”.
Though CB’s tryouts can be quite intense and stressful
Ruby Lazard (‘20) has been involved in recreational soccer for quite some time and has actually been a founding member of the iconic recreational team, The Misfits.
“[The Misfits] was first started when I was in fourth grade,” the senior says. My class teacher would play soccer with us kids at recess all the time, and from there created a recreational club team with Rosemont Soccer Club.”
A long time and respected team member, Ruby says the team holds sentimental value to her.
“Ever since fourth grade it’s always been me and this team. We’re very passionate about the sport and our skill level balances each other out. My team is my family.”
In the last two years, some players have left the Misfits and welcomed a new coach as well. As one of the new members, Marissa Galvez (‘20) says the team is feisty for sure.
“The Misfits are a very unique team. Ruby introduced me to the team as a way to continue my soccer at a high skill level, but less time [commitment]. I’m honored to be a part of this family and play with two of my best friends.”
The team’s rowdy reputation of the team makes the Misfits unique.
“Our team is definitely known throughout the recreational soccer community,” Katie states. “We are very aggressive and defend each other with no problem of speaking up on the field. Though this sometimes gets us in trouble, it’s just because we see each other as family.”
Ruby pointed out the real difference of playing at a competitive and recreational level is all up to the player and that priority of the sport is key.
“Skill level is the not the biggest difference. For sure competitive [teams are] going to have some better players, but it all depends on how serious the game is to the player.”
When Ruby played competitive soccer, she took it very seriously and her life revolved around her decisions with soccer. By playing rec, soccer is no longer her only mindset.
“I played competitive soccer for a long time at a young age and took it very seriously — I thought I was going to the World Cup, actually,” Ruby shared. “But as I grew up and found other interests, I didn’t have the drive I had when I was young. I quit competitive freshman year and made the switch to recreational.”
“I just didn’t want to prioritize my time around soccer as much and recreational allowed me to keep my love for the sport, but not have it take over my schedule.”
Recreational level sports are often seen as lower with skill level or taken less seriously. But thanks to the star players of the Misfits, we know it’s the player’s attitude that matters most.