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Community discusses lack of travel for JV spring sports

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The JV girls tennis team poses for a group photo after a tournament at ACS Cobham during the 2023 season May 20. The team played against various London schools but did not play against any of the ISST member schools.

During the fall and winter seasons, JV sports teams travel to compete against various schools across Europe. This year, the JV soccer, basketball and volleyball teams, along with their respective varsity teams, traveled to competitions hosted in Brussels, Frankfurt and Zurich.

In the spring season, the varsity softball, baseball and tennis teams, as well as 20 competing athletes from the varsity track and field team, travel to compete in international tournaments. However, the JV tennis teams and non-traveling cohort of the track and field team do not travel.
JV tennis player Maya Daley (鈥26) said it was upsetting that only her tennis team didn鈥檛 get to travel.

鈥淚t鈥檚 really unfair that almost all the other JV teams get to go on sports trips, but tennis is one of the only teams that doesn鈥檛 go anywhere,鈥 Daley said.

Director of Athletics John Farmer said because many ISST member schools lack JV teams for their spring sports, there are no tournaments abroad for the JV tennis teams to compete in.

鈥淭he majority of schools don’t have JV tennis programs,鈥 Farmer said. 鈥淭hough I鈥檓 surprised JV tennis isn’t something that happens more, sadly, I’m guessing that has more to do with facilities than it does with interest.鈥

In addition, Farmer said another reason the JV tennis teams don鈥檛 travel is because they do not require preparation for end-of-season tournaments abroad, unlike JV teams in the fall and winter which compete in JV ISSTs.

鈥淲e’ve kind of moved to travel more with JV teams than we were before, in large part because they’re competing in end-of-season tournaments, whereas that’s not happening in the spring season,鈥 Farmer said.

Fede Formenti (鈥26), who plays for the JV boys tennis team, said trips would benefit the JV team as it would produce better results during LSSAs.

鈥淭rips during the season would help us prepare better for LSSAs because we would have more experience with tournaments,鈥 Formenti said.

Amari Victor (鈥25), a former member of the track and field non-traveling team, said the lack of trips drives some students away from the sport.

鈥淲hen [you鈥檙e] someone who just loves the sport, and you know you won鈥檛 go to ISSTs, it鈥檚 kind of a deterrent because every other sport travels and this one doesn’t,鈥 Victor said.

Furthermore, Daley said traveling would improve the JV tennis team since they would have a chance to play against a variety of players from other teams.

鈥淚t would definitely be nice to have trips because then you would understand a bit more how to play with people from different places,鈥 Daley said.

However, Victor said given the large team, he understands why the entire varsity track and field team can鈥檛 travel.

鈥淭rack is on the larger side of teams and booking 60 kids to go to a country is a lot, especially because there are people that are less committed to the sport,鈥 Victor said.

Ultimately, Farmer said he doesn鈥檛 anticipate JV spring sports teams being able to travel in the future as there鈥檚 鈥渘ot an appetite at other schools鈥 for them.

鈥淚 can’t say never, but we’ve never traveled with JV teams in the spring season,鈥 Farmer said. 鈥淸Other schools] don’t have the numbers to support JV baseball and softball and other JV teams.鈥

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