On Monday of this week almost 200 PC athletes gathered outside the field house for sports registration. The fact that the students and several coaches arrived before the posted start time of 8:15am makes one feel we areready to get going! All fall sports were represented, including golf, which the league has moved from the spring to the fall for the first time ever. During registration the athletes are cleared by school nurse Deb Foley and her staff. Students are required to have all medical information and other registration materials in place before they can begin practice. While most kids are in compliance, there are always a few kids reaching for their cell phones to call home to alert parents of a missing form or two.
All Penn Charter students are required to complete the online ImPact Test process for ourathletes. All fall athletes were askedto complete this test in advance last week, but many of the kids were notavailable. Therefore, on Monday morning,Head Athletic Trainer Neno Bartocci and his staff opened the Upper School computer labs and all students who needed to be test accomplished this taskprior to attending first practices.
Once the athletes hit the fields and pool, the teams quicklygot into their conditioning and skill practice sessions. As usual the coaches spend the first days of preseason setting team expectations and evaluating talent. A general feeling of enthusiasm and spiritwas mixed with fatigue and exasperation as the coaches got things into high gear right from the start. Each coach reported positive numbers and seemed encouraged by the attitude and conditionof both the returning players and the ninth graders who arrived for their first taste of varsity sport.
On the second day of preseason, the teams got working rightaway. Girls tennis held practices at the Arthur Ashe Center, as the school’scourts are being resurfaced; this process began two weeks ago but the recentrainy weather slowed the work. However,the courts were lined with the net posts and nets were installed yesterday; theteam should be on these courts just two days after the start of theseason.
Our second day of preseason was cut short for a very unusual and surprising event. Around 2:00pm onTuesday, the PC campus felt the vibrations from an earthquake which hit the Philadelphia area. While no one was injured and no damage occurred, concerns about traffic and public transportation prompted the school administration to respond for safety reasons. Afternoon practices were canceled and all athletes left school early. Several teams had already finished practices and the other teams, while disappointed, understood. All practices resumed on Wednesday as scheduled.
The football team seemd to be in synch right from the start this year. Coach Humble's efforts to have the team attend the Penn Camp during the summer looks like it is paying off.
Please visit the athletic schedule as several teams have scrimmages and/or games set for this weekend.
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