Basketball is not just a sport, but a metaphor for how I want to live my life. I want to face every challenge head on, with disregard to the fear and doubt accompanied by the possibility failure. To instead know that yes, I will fail, many times, but with each surpassing of a milestone I will improve and make better mistakes. With challenges comes in inevitably of failure, but with failure comes the inevitability of improvement and
So, when sophomore year came around I was prepared for a season of a lot of minutes and a lot of basketball. But, that 's not how it went. I got some minutes but I was held to a higher standard than all the other players so I would often get benched for the smallest of mistakes. I was frustrated and the joy started to come out of basketball. Then as my junior year came around my next sticking moment came.
My Story Hearing my future coach blowing his whistle and yelling for us to bring it in for our first varsity practice, I could feel my heart begin to race. Going to a school and joining the varsity team as a freshman with 7 D1 athletes on it and one of the best coaches in the country, one could say I was a tad bit nervous. Looking around in the huddle of teammates and coaches, I knew I had picked the right high school because the group of people surrounding me was going to make me a better basketball player. Having both perspectives of my coach giving me critical feedback of my play and my teammates encouraging me to never give up and keep working hard, I learned that it would be challenging, but if I kept my heart to it, I could reach some
Colleges are scouting or looking at kids from the age of ten years old. For March Madness (college basketball tournament) a student athlete would miss up to six days of class that they would have to make up later on, due to traveling and having to be with the team. Football player dedicate 43.3 hours of their own life to college sports. Whether it’s going to the weight room, film sessions, or just putting some type of work for the team. It is also more common for athletes who play football or basketball to go pro than in any other college sport.
The dynamics of a game of basketball very well correspond with the adversities I faced, hurdles I overcame and achievements I made in life. On my first experience as a professional player, with the entire stadium packed with players, coaches and basketball lovers I became extremely nervous and missed a couple of shots. The shots I missed cost my team dear and made me so apprehensive that I could not even attempt another basket. However nebulous it might seem but it was this and many such experiences that played a vital role in making me the individual that I am. Playing basketball for more than a decade, I have come to realise that sports offer a great metaphor for life.
For the past decade or more there has been one topic that has been a hot button of conversations for student-athletes. Many people think that it is whether they should stay and get their degree or go professional early, but it’s not but rather should student athletes be paid. This topic has brought up many spirited and heated debates on the topic. There are multiple reasons why student-athletes should and shouldn’t be paid. I will provide reasons why they should and shouldn’t and then I will give my answer.
Goals for this year My goals for this year i wanna get good grades. I also wanna start on the junior high football team. When basketball comes around I wanna be the starting shooting guard. I wanna have good relationships with my teachers. I just wanna have a good year in school and in sports.
Should a person get paid just for showing up for there a job and not actually doing anything? Should they also get paid the same amount even if another co-worker is better at their job? Just because someone shows up and participates, doesn’t not mean they deserve the same treatment as everyone else. Some parents and athletes believe equal playing time for all sports and activities is deserved all through their middle school and high school careers. However, earning your position, being undeserving of playing time, and coaches trying to win in their respected program are all issues that need to be thought of before people begin fighting for equal playing time.
With ups and downs I made the basketball team and achieved my goal. This moment in my life, like many other moments in competing in sports, gave my life meaning because I tried something which was challenging for me and competed to the best of my ability. My life means something when I challenge myself because it allows me to pursue and obtain my goals, even if when I die, it might not mean anything at all to others. The last statement about challenging myself is in the article, “You’ve got to find what you love’, by Steve Jobs. He states, “Remembering that you are going to die is the best way I know to avoid the trap of thinking you have something to lose.
It was a big change if scenery and the people around me treated me as a lesser being. I was the only freshman that qualified for the varsity basketball team and the upperclassman treated me as such. Every day I had to prove myself to my older teammates that I deserved a spot on the team, but it was extremely difficult.
“It is only a game” is a common saying I have heard several times in my life. However, it does not explain the crazy actions and immense passion I experience on the PIT floor for basketball games. These feelings reached a pinnacle point during my freshman year basketball game against our arch-rivals, the Bettendorf Bulldogs. “If we can keep Bear from posting up and scoring, we should be win the game,” my friend Bryce analyzed. I responded, “We will need to shoot the three ball to have a chance, Bettendorf is a really good team”.
Through experience I 've conquered and obtained my long term goal of playing collegiate level basketball. I would not have this opportunity if I wasn 't ardent about my aspirations in achieving success on the basketball court. In order for me to have the capability of achieving my objective, it was vital that I expand my deftness and fundamentals of the game. If I had not put
These students have to sign a contract at the end of their high school careers stating the standards and guidelines they must follow to uphold their scholarship. We are asking these students to take on a professional role before they graduate high school. So should they not be paid accordingly? These athletes deserve to be paid for the blood and sweat they put in to make it to the next level. By taking a stand together for the pay of the student-athletes the future of college sports is
Perez-Laham was finally recruited by High Point University to play basketball and offered him a scholarship. High Point, N.C., a very different place than Puerto Rico and Miami, but Perez-Laham wanted to fulfill his dream by playing ball and going to college. Perez-Laham’s first year was the hardest because the area was so unusual to him. Freshman year he had to overcome several things that High Point had because it was different. “It was probably tougher for him than it was for all of us as a coaching staff, coming into a strait english culture.”, said HPU Assistant Coach Eric Gabriel.
Every year individuals from all across the United States makes the decision on whether or not they will try out for an interscholastic athletic team. These individuals hope to be part of something special, whether it’s achieving individual goals or team goals. They also understand they will need to sacrifice time, energy, and their social life in order to achieve these goals. When tryouts begin these individuals hope their skills and abilities will get them recognized by not only the coaches, but the returning players as well. A problem arises though once try outs are over and the team is announced.