(when in the huddle before each game, listening to coach Vandermulen and our two captains fire us up, I am more than eager to start the game, to run long way down the court along side our fans, to make unbelievable passes without looking or behind my back, to be ready to catch and shoot, to score, or even to miss, but most of all, to play the game I love. I’m ready to do what I’ve loved since I picked up that basketball for the first time in third grade. I’m ready to be one with the team, to be a Roman. The intensity and emotions that come along with each game make me apart of that game. As a player, I live for the rivalries, the scrappy games that go down to the wire, the sweat.
Even though I ended my career of basketball it allowed me to build friendships. For example, I was able to meet my life long best friend through basketball because she played with us but just went to a different school in the community. With those friendships that I made, I was also able to create memories. I will never forget the time we went to Wasusa for State in 7th grade. I may not remember the plays that we ran, or even if we won the game or not, but I do remember being surrounded by my friends and swimming at the hotel we stayed at.
As I grew older, I came to the realization that sports were not just a game, they with life lessons. Without sports, I would not have been in the same place I am today. They have taught me the importance of teamwork, attitude, and perseverance. In almost every sport, a team is a family and with them you are nothing. You learn to rely on the person
I took my passion for the game and really honed in on my skills. I continued to bust my butt in practice, trying to make my teammates and myself better. Before I know it, the first game passes and I break the school record for most rebounds in a single game with seventeen. Even though I could not accomplish anything without my team, it felt amazing to excel in a sport that I love.
I believe that some of the greatest things that I have learned through sports have been imparted upon me after I experienced some sort of adversity, great or small. I have been able to accept the fact that life is not always fair and that the only way to achieve success is through hard work and perseverance. Another lesson that I have learned through athletics is that nothing worth achieving can be achieved without working hard. High school sports not only require hard work in season, but also many months of hard work and sweat in the off-season. Great success can only be achieved when months of hard work finally pay off.
Why Basketball is the Best Sport (Rough Draft) Did you know the sport of Basketball was invented in 1891 and was played with a soccer ball and a peach basket? Due to the popularity of this game there were many developments to the game such as a different ball used for basketball, new hoops being constructed with backboards and many different accessories such as shoes, headbands, and jerseys. Over one hundred years later the game of basketball is one of the most popular sports to play and watch in the world. The games fast paced and high scoring game makes a thrilling moment for the people that are playing and watching.
To do this they have to be confident in themselves and others. Sports take a lot of time and dedication, but with numerous amounts of practices, athletes are able to succeed as a team. On and off the court, they have to trust in themselves and in their other teammates. Through athletes, peers can have a better understanding of believing in themselves and others.
I learned that basketball should be seen more as a selfless game rather than focusing on themselves. Phil Jacksons lifelong quest to bring enlightenment to the game of basketball even though it is about competiveness. It all starts with off the court exercises and activity to help build the team chemistry. The more chemistry and teamwork that a team has the better they will play
“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”.
A Lifetime of Observations and Reflections On and Off the Court written by Coach John Wooden is unlike any other book on leadership or biography I have ever read before. This book tells a story, a story about John Wooden’s life, the lessons he shares, the experiences he has had, and the people who have shaped the leader he became. There are no chapters, there are merely titles of the stories he is sharing and the lessons he wants to tell. In the book, there are four parts, Part 1: Families, Values, Virtues, Part 2: Success, Achievement, Competition, Part 3: Coaching, Teaching, Leading, and Part 4: Putting It All Together: My Pyramid of Success.
Air ball— again. My form was lost, coordination gone, and so was my patience. I’ve stopped playing basketball for 3 months mainly because of school work and things going on in my life. I was determined to get my skills back no matter how long it’ll take. I started a game of basketball with other people inside the gyms court. As soon as I got the ball, I started to race down the court pounding the ball as I was dribbling. I squared up facing the hoop getting ready to take my shot. I raised my arm up, releasing the ball with my fingertip with poor form and arc. The ball went flying towards the hoop very fast. The sound of the net went swoosh but, sadly it was an air ball. Unfortunately, I lost the basketball game for us; the people on the