Girls Athletics vs. Boys Athletics (7th)


Lucy Wassmuth, Reporter

Girls Athletics. We’ve all heard of it, but not all of us have been through it. 7th Grade Girls Athletics is tough, I must say. Running at least a mile every week, lifting 45 lbs, and doing burpees until you can’t feel your legs. But really, it’s not too bad once you get used to it. But, what makes me really frustrated is how much different boys athletics is from girls, and not in a good way.

After gathering some information about boys athletics, I realized that girls and boys get completely different treatments in 7th grade. Did you know the hottest time of the day is from 12 pm to 3 pm? Seventh grade girls athletics is right on the middle of that time frame, and we’re sprinting, sweating, and squatting in that heat. I know a lot of that is because our gym is under construction, but even with the gym, sprinting and distance runs would be out in that heat. It turns out the coolest hours of the day are between 7-10 am, and that’s exactly when boys athletics is. I went outside during first period and the weather was perfect. Well, it’s pretty good for Texas weather. Anyways, in that weather. any workout could be made more bearable, but some of the boys workouts aren’t that hard.

As most of you know, if you’re in boys athletics, you’re playing football. So most of the period is focused on football plays and technique and only a fraction of the work boys do  is sprints, agility and the occasional WOD type workout. For girls, every day is the workout of your life, leaving you sore and gasping for air. Doing our workouts in that heat does not help at all.

I will give the guys this; they do have to wear helmets and heavy gear, so I guess that makes up for some of the heat. But, like all gym classes, boys athletics only has to run the mile, which is dreaded by most. but guess what?! Girls have to run more than a mile… every single week.

Really, I should be thanking our lady coaches for making us tougher and more athletic than a lot of the boys.They’re pushing us harder and they do it non-stop. So I bet by the end of this year, I will be able to dosquats, burpees, sprints, and run miles like it’s nothing. Well, thanks to the coaches, I’m going to have great calves!