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Sporting splurge: Why do AV athletes’ invest hundreds in sports equipment?

Rishit Agnihotri
Athletes needs all types of equipment, from shoes to their uniforms, that all help them perform in their sports.

Different sports require varying spending budgets for equipment. Typically, certain equipment is deemed essential, while others are considered advantageous.

“A lot of baseball players utilize items for arm care. We use things called J bands, which help us loosen up our arms. We also use weighted balls, which also aid in arm flexibility,” said AV Baseball player Alekh Shah (’24).

However, the essential gear for a baseball player, such as bats, gloves, and cleats, can total up to approximately $800. In contrast, sports like basketball rely on smaller items like headbands, arm sleeves, and accessories to enhance the athlete’s mindset.

“Often in basketball, you’ll notice players wearing various accessories. While these may not directly enhance athletic performance, feeling confident in your appearance can improve your gameplay,” said AV Basketball player Ori Khasin (’24).

Sports involving intense cardio, such as running, emphasize the importance of recovery in the daily workout regimen. For instance, a quality massage gun typically costs around $100.

“A highly beneficial piece of equipment that runners frequently use is the massage gun, particularly for post-practice recovery,” said AV Track runner Pritvij Rajesh (’24).

Footwear is indispensable for every sport. While prices may vary, sports shoes typically range between $50 and $100, making them relatively affordable for a year’s worth of sports activities.

“All you really need is a good pair of shoes and a basketball, if you don’t already have one. A top-quality basketball might set you back around $60, while a decent pair of shoes costs roughly double that amount. Basketball courts are readily available for anyone to play,” said Khasin.

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Amogh Belgal, AVT A&E Editor
Amogh Belgal(‘25), a junior, is in his second year of Journalism and his first year as an editor for AVT. He was born in Arlington Heights, IL, and moved to Pleasanton when he was 3. He loves making music and especially playing his instruments, bassoon and flute. Some of his other hobbies include watching movies, playing video games, and playing sports. Amogh enjoys writing articles about Arts and Entertainment and World News. His current favorite subject in school in math, but that will probably change after junior year. Outside of school, he loved hanging out with friends and family.
Rishit Agnihotri, AVT Sports Editor
Rishit Agnihotri, a returning student in AVJournalism, is excited to continue his journey as an editor. As a junior, he hopes to expand into more video editing and graphic designing. He believes that knowledge should always be shared, not hidden. Coming to California at the age of 9, he has always been curious about what goes on in the big scheme of things and never backs down from asking questions. Outside of academics, Rishit is part of the Cross Country team and competitive video game player. He aspires to learn and create more app development and loves to read philosophy. Traveling to new places creates a sense of excitement and always wants to try something new. The energetic student also loves to cook and create things, as it feels more like a way to learn independence and have responsibilities.  In the future, he wishes to pursue a career in Information Technology and Data.

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