Head Judo Coach Clifton Teshima demonstrates a throw on a junior varsity student.

Josephine Brewer, Managing Editor

Starting a new sport can be nerve-wracking, even more so if you’re doing it alone and surrounded by experienced players.

High school junior, Kate Bartholomees, who is trying judo for the first time, says she is mostly excited but still has some nerves.

“I’m pretty excited. I’m a little bit nervous just because it’s new stuff I have to learn because it’s a sport I’ve never done before,” Bartholomees said.

The amount of work you have to put in isn’t scaring her away. She’s keeping in mind why she wanted to join in the first place.

“The coach seems really nice and the team seems really great so I’m looking forward to the season,” Bartholomees said.

Senior and varsity golfer, Evan Arakawa, believes failure isn’t something to simply shy away from, but that it’s how you learn to grow.

“It’s (failure) something everyone has to go through as a person,” Arakawa said.

Arakawa has been on varsity since freshman year and started playing after his dad suggested it.

“I was nervous because it was a new experience,” Arakawa said.

Seeking out your friends who have gone through the rookie process can lead to helpful advice.

“The judo coach said that you just have to ‘Keep up with the schedule, contact the coaches, do a little research on the sport to know what you’re getting into,” Bartholomees said.

Athletics director, Scott Wagner, said the best thing to do when trying out for a new sport is to “fall forward”.

“Know that there might be some struggles but a positive mindset is key,” Wagner said.

Finding a part of the sport to focus on and stay excited about is important.

Wagner says it’s also helpful that we have a very supportive community, from both teammates and coaches.

“We support all of our student athletes as much as we can… whether they are on intermediate, jv or varsity,” Wagner said.

Wagner believes summer is the ideal time for rookies to try out new sports due to the less competitive nature.

But a positive mindset and research aren’t enough to ensure you do well. You must attend practice, dedicate time, and try hard.

“I’d say definitely results follow from practice…Trust the process. Breathe. Take it slow,” Arakawa said.