See ya on the sidelines

Here at San Joaquin Memorial High School I have been involved with a lot of things. Most of these involvements had to do with sports, however some involvements were also in the classroom. One very special thing in which I was apart of here at San Joaquin Memorial High School was being a football team manager.

During my freshman year of high school I was presented with the opportunity to become a football team manager. I took up this amazing opportunity and began working with the team at the start of my freshman year in 2017 and currently wrapped it all up this year in 2021.

Most people think being a football team manager is just being a water girl on the sidelines during the game, but trust me it is so much more.

In fact, to be a football team manager you must be ready to take on any task that is presented to you. Here at Memorial I found myself doing so much more than just water.

Here's a list of some of the stuff that I had to do while being a team manager at Memorial.

- distribute water and Gatorade

- passing out uniforms

- collecting uniforms

- hanging up jerseys and putting away game pants

- fixing helmets

- setting up equipment

- taking down equipment

Now other task were also being thrown in, depending on the game. For example, on senior night us team managers were in charge of setting out the medals and roses to make sure each senior has one when they walk down the field to meet their parents. Many times tasks like this would simply be told to us on that day, or even in a last minute crisis. As a team manager you always have to be ready for whatever comes your way.

Also as a team manager, I got to go everywhere with the team. I got to travel to all the away games! (And yes this even means to the games that required us to stay overnight.) Honestly all this travelling is so much fun, because you not only get to leave school and travel out of town, but you get to bond and get to know the team better. Overnight trips are honestly some of the best memories I have. During overnight trips, we would go out to team dinner and then afterwards we would either have a team study hall or we would go see a team movie.

One thing many people don't realize is that being a team manager means that you are apart of the team. It may not look like you are an important factor, but trust me without the team managers the football program would not be able to run as smoothly as it does. Plus the players enjoy having us around because it allows for them to focus on the game and not have to worry about who has water or having to get their own water. The same goes for the coaches, with us team managers around, the coaches don't have to worry about setting up their own headsets or stressing to make sure all the equipment is taken out to the field and stored on the sidelines.

Lastly, being a team manager means that you are their for the team. These football players will become like your second family. They will rely on you and you will rely on them. In fact the coaches even become like family too. I mean after spending four years with the same football team your bound to create a family bond.

My time spent here at Memorial as team manager has seriously been some of my best memories! It's sad to say goodbye to something that has been such an amazing impact in my life, but I look forward to new adventures as I move on to working with the Fresno State football team! Well it's been fun and see ya later Panthers!


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