Twas the night before season and all through the dorms the athletes are anxiously waiting to get out there and and preform…
Fall, spring or winter, there has always been much debate over what season has it best for its athletes. However in reality each season has its pros and cons. Especially if you are a multi-sport athlete, depending on when your seasons fall they could overlap with one another causing you to miss out on part of your other sport. Below is a rough schedule guide of what to expect depending on what season you play in.
The Fall sports season officially start in mid-August and will go to early November (depending on if your team is eligible for playoffs). Most fall sport athletes arrive on campus earlier than the other students in order to complete preseason. What this means is that there will be about a week or so period where it will just be your team and the other fall sports teams on campus. The pro side to playing a sport in the fall is that you get to arrive on campus earlier and get the hang of the whole college atmosphere before the other students arrive. The con side to participating in a fall sport is that your summer is cut shorter than everybody else.
Along with preseason and season, some fall sports will participate in “Spring Ball” where they will compete in some scrimmages.
The Winter sports season officially starts in October and can go all the way through mid March (depending on if team is eligible for playoffs). Depending on your winter sport, preseason/captains practices could begin as soon as you step onto campus. Also all winter sport athletes come back for “Winter Intersession” that takes place over winter break for all students. Winter break last from early December to late January, however due to intersession all winter athletes will have only about two to three weeks of that break off before arriving back on to campus to continue their season.
Although winter sports have their winter break cut short, winter session allows students to enroll in winter classes to get ahead in credits. The cool thing about coming back for “Winter Intersession” is that all you have to focus on is your sport, you don’t have to worry about classes unless you are taking an online course.
The Spring sport season officially starts in early February and goes until late April (depending on if your team is eligible for playoffs). For Spring break most of the spring sports will go to training down south, so although you sacrifice your spring break you still get to go somewhere relatively warm and play your sport. Since SUNY Oswego its know for its snow-apocalypse winters a lot of the times games will get cancelled and postponed due to the weather. So keeping that in mind, rescheduling of games can cause you to play up to three to four games a week, so keeping on top of school work is crucial.
Depending on your spring sport, your preseason will be held in the fall and you will participate in “Fall Ball.”