Summer Programming Goals

We are trying to figure out the most effective ways to keep athletes active and engaged with their teammates and coaches this summer. The main goal for the off-season is the continuation of building deeper connections and relationships within the team. This includes opportunities for returning players and new players to come together and make connections, in the hopes that it will help them make a smoother transition into OES next fall. These encounters will happen because of intentional planning, and our coaches and players alike look forward to meeting our new Varks.

Spring sports are in full swing with just under a month to go in the season, though the weather has felt much more like winter than spring lately. In our office we have been working to finalize summer programming. We are trying to figure out the most effective ways to keep athletes active and engaged with their teammates and coaches this summer. The main goal for the off-season is the continuation of building deeper connections and relationships within the team. This includes opportunities for returning players and new players to come together and make connections, in the hopes that it will help them make a smoother transition into OES next fall. These encounters will happen because of intentional planning, and our coaches and players alike look forward to meeting our new Varks.
 
The other goals we have for summer programming are focused on leadership and skill development. These can happen organically when captains call kick-arounds or open gyms, but with some scheduled times we hope that we get a bigger draw and turnout and get as many student athletes together from each program as possible to grow their games. This summer we are excited to offer basketball,volleyball, and girls lacrosse camps to kick things off in June. Coaches will also be offering opportunities for soccer kick-arounds, distance runs, skill development clinics in all sports, and open gym times to just play. These are just a few of the opportunities we are working on to keep our athletes engaged this summer. Please look for an email soon from coaches with times and dates for these opportunities.  
 
We are also excited to host supervised US lifting sessions with Coach Walbaum at the fitness center on weekdays this summer. These lifting opportunities will give our athletes direct access to a strength-training coach and program that makes sense for their age and skill level. They will have the chance to get stronger and faster, and work on their functional mobility which will help them lower their chance of injury when they return to their teams during the season. As this summer schedule comes together we are thrilled that our athletes will have these experiences available to them. However, the athletes themselves now will need to lean in and make these a priority if they want to see the results. This has to be important to them in both their physical and social well-being. I challenge our athletes to engage this summer by taking advantage of these scheduled workouts with their coaches and teammates, and I look forward to witnessing the benefits of their off-season work in the fall.

Aardvark Sports Corner Highlights

Boys Lacrosse traveled to Bend last weekend for some quality team time.  Even though the Varks came up short on the scoreboard they had a fabulous trip spent together sharing meals and getting to know one another even more. These times together will make this young team stronger as they continue to learn and grow.
 
Girls Lacrosse earned a huge win over cross-town rivals, Lincoln, Tuesday evening in a very evenly matched back-and-forth game. The girls keep their playoff hopes alive with the victory.
 
Girls Tennis is rolling through the league except for the hurdle of their nemesis, Catlin Gabel. The Varks will get another crack at them at districts. 
 
Boys Tennis traveled to Eugene this past weekend to play in the Big Foot Classic. The boys finished the tournament with a 2-1 record against some tough competition as they ready themselves for a run for the district title. 

Track and Field hosted a fabulous league meet last week and the weather held out to make the conditions great. A huge thank you to all the faculty, staff, and middle school students that helped make it so successful. The Varks ran, jumped, and threw their way to a 4th place finish.
 
Boys Golf won the State Preview Tournament yesterday with a total score of 292. The boys team will travel to Bend today for a trip that will be filled with lots of golf and team time to prepare them for the district championships.
 
Girls Golf is doing an amazing job in finishing individually in the top 5 at all of the tournaments they have entered. The girls don’t have a full team this year so they are trying to make a run individually at districts next week.