Battle for practice space: track versus band

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With many sports happening at the same time, it is hard for Fremont to cater to every single one. The space available is either already occupied by other activities or the space is not ideal for social distancing.

Furthermore, when school activities coincide, like Track and Field and Marching Band, tension between them cannot help but arise.

Different sports take place at different times and during their respective seasons. Track and Field, one of the sports here at Fremont, offers voluntary conditioning which takes place every Tuesday and Thursday from 5:30-7 p.m. and on Saturdays from 10-12 a.m. The marching band’s schedule consists of practices on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 6-9 p.m. and varying times during Saturdays, which clashes with the Track and Field schedule.

“Sometimes when we use the field, they’ll just be walking across the field when we need to put our stuff down,” Color Guard member Joanne Aquino said.

When Track was asked the most frustrating  part of having to share a field with Band they responded with frustration similar to the marching band members.

”When they [Band] put two backpacks on the track and say they’re using it,” Track and Field sprinter Nikola Pesich said.

Although both sides admitted that the actions made by the other sport caused them inconvenience and frustrations, which resulted in either sport to work around the other sport, they both asked for mutual respect and consideration when sharing the field.

“We admire their dedication of spending so many hours playing their instruments in the sun,” sprinter Kathir Balakrishnan said.

Even though there is no clear solution for the issues caused by Fremont’s limited space and several sports colliding schedules. Being considerate and thoughtful of each other and the space itself is a good start.