Multi-sport athletes balance added commitments


Mackenzi Tasem '23

While being a student athlete comes with benefits and stresses, some CHS students play multiple sports, meaning both added positives and added burdens.  

Junior Lyla Fronk participates in girl’s varsity golf and girl’s varsity soccer, playing as goalkeeper. Fronk sees many similarities in movement between the two sports and is able to improve in both by practicing for one.

“In soccer, kicking the ball is similar to swinging the golf ball,” said Fronk. “When I perfect things in my golf swing, it helps me with the soccer ball since it’s that same movement.”

While Fronk has enjoyed both environments and the friendships she has made along the way, necessary scheduling adjustments pose a challenge to integrating fully into the team.

“The biggest con is that my schedule has to change,” said Fronk. “I miss a lot of pre-season training and miss out on meeting a lot of the freshmen.” 

For junior Elana Minoofar, juggling multiple sports is a different experience. Minoofar participates in four sports at Calabasas, playing opposite hitter in volleyball and beach volleyball and center in water polo, as well as being a member of the swim team, specializing in the 50 freestyle and 100 freestyle. 

Minoofar points to physical benefits and the connections she makes as positives of playing multiple sports, despite the time it takes to practice and compete. 

“[The] biggest positive is getting very fit and getting to meet a lot of friends,” said Minoofar.  “My biggest con is that it takes up a lot of time, but it is worth it.”

Her advice to anyone thinking about balancing multiple sports is to make sure he or she has the passion and drive to do it. 

“You have to want to do it,” said Minoofar.