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Game Day as a Benchwarmer


I put on my clean, crisp uniform that didn’t even need to be washed after last week’s game.  As a benchwarmer myself, my uniform never gets dirty.   

I made sure to straighten my hair for tonight’s football game and tie it in a colonial pony to be sure it doesn’t get creased.  While most players have their hair in fancy braids and tight buns, I’m busy thinking about what it will look like later.   

I tie my shoes extra tight to be sure they don’t fall off or come untied while it gets intense on the bench.  I can’t have my shoes throwing off my game.   

Many players’ game warm-up consists of touches on the ball, shots, and passing – mine looks quite different.  I make sure to do all my vocal exercises to be sure my throat is warmed up and ready for the yelling that is soon to come.   

The fellow benchwarmers and I coordinate cheers to ensure the players on the field are motivated and locked in. We make sure our celebratory jumps and screams are perfectly in sync.   

I share the pride of goals with my teammates when they score, but when we get scored on, it’s not my problem.   

The halftime speeches never apply to me and nor do the fifteen-minute talks at the end of a loss.   

I get to go home feeling no guilt, but still hold the burden of running the next day at practice.  Not only do I get the privilege of watching the film live, but I also get to watch it a second time with the whole team to analyze what they did wrong.   

I bet if I went in, we would have won.   

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Chloe McCarthy
Chloe McCarthy, Staff Reporter
Chloe is a senior staff reporter, and it is her second year on The Print. She’s on the varsity field hockey team and enjoys volunteering with the local rec field hockey team as well. In her free time, she loves spending time with her friends and her cats. 
Grace Daly
Grace Daly, Staff Reporter
Grace Daly is a senior Staff Reporter, and it is her first year on The PrintShe is on the varsity soccer team as well as the indoor and outdoor track teams.  In addition to sports, she is a member of SGA, FCA, Best Buddies, is a Varsity Club committee member, a Morgan’s Message representative, and a part of a variety of National Honors Societies at the schoolShe is also seen Friday mornings on Fallston’s morning announcements.  This summer, Grace attended a YoungLife camp on a lake in New York.  She loves to ski and hang out with friends, and her favorite genre of music is Indy Folk.   
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