Middle schoolers take their first step into high school athletics at Meet the Coaches Night


Alexa Melnitsky

On June 6th, Scotch Plains-Fanwood High School hosted the annual Meet the Coaches Night, which allows 8th graders to meet the freshman, junior varsity, and varsity coaches of the wide array of sports the high school offers.
The night commenced with a speech by Athletic Director Ryan Miller, in which he explained how high school sports work, the cutting policy, expectations, and tryouts varsity teams. 8th graders and their parents were all invited. After his speech, they filed into the new gym to meet the coaches and learn more about the sports they want to play.
The most popular sports were soccer, basketball, football, and girls volleyball, but other sports such as softball, tennis, and golf had lines of people waiting to sign up.
Meet the Coaches Night is vital for incoming athletic freshman and will hopefully integrate them even more into the high school’s athletic program. Perspective players get to meet the coaches as well as players who have played on the team in past years. Starting a sport at a new school can be scary so knowing ahead of time who will be coaching and playing can get rid of some of the nerves.