Monday, May 2, 2016

So today I am deciding on what classes to take for college, and I have decided that I am going to play basketball in college. Even though I have not played since my sophomore year I am going to start working out and play my freshmen year in college. I feel like the only reason I did not play basketball throughout high school is because I just needed a break. I needed a break from all the stress that is basketball. I get so stressed playing basketball that my grades start to slip, which is not good because then my parents complain about that as well. Even though I love my mom and dad very much they have a tendency to be judgmental about basketball. I can always be doing something to make myself better, which I do agree with. I just can't focus with school, and what little of a social life that I have to play basketball. When I go to college though I am going to be totally focused on school and probably not have a social life so why not play basketball. I love basketball it just isn't my number one goal in life, but I would love to play again.

Monday, April 25, 2016

The amount of stress basketball has brought me over the years has literally drained me, if it weren't up to me I know my parents would make me play. All I want to do is sleep I hate playing and I use to love it. I hate it because of my parents I know they want me to do good but I just cannot play anymore I am not having fun. I use to love the game, the smell of the rubber of the ball, the feeling of dribbling. Don't get me wrong I do love to play but the entire reason why I don't anymore is because my parents turned it into one big competition. I always had to be better than my cousins and if not I needed to work so much harder to get there. If I wasn't the best or first I wasn't working hard enough. It got so bad that I was failing half of my classes because 'Basketball always comes first'. So even if I did work my butt off I couldn't even play because my grades were so bad. That is exactly why I do not play basketball anymore.

Tuesday, April 19, 2016

When I was younger I always loved playing basketball with my dad, and family. I learned so much when I was growing up because of all the teaching my grandpa, father, aunt, and uncles gave me. Basketball is a big part on our family it is what brings us close together. For example, we played basketball after we got into arguments on Easter, because that is how we fix things. My cousins and I are all trained like this basically if we have scores to settle we play. It saves fighting with people so our family gets over our differences. My family is amazing for teaching me everything they know about basketball, without them I would not have made the team or even wanted to play. They found my love for the game when I was a lot younger and Caitlynn and I were playing outside. After my mom passed away my dad always said I would need something to take my mind of the pain, and that was basketball. So when I was old enough he put me on a little league team to play.

Thursday, April 14, 2016

Basketball is a good source of confidence. It gives you the idea to believe in yourself, like Kobe Bryant. Only reason he came up in the topic today was because I am so upset that he retired last night. He made sixty points the whole game, and they won. So even though he left at least he went out with a bang, to bad I never got to see him play live. All I have ever wanted was for my dad to take me to a Laker game to see Kobe. My dads gotten to see him, he even has a ball signed by him, he was so lucky. Now my dad has ordered me a signed basketball from Kobe because he felt bad for not getting me tickets to see him in person. I am definitely going to milk this a little bit to get more stuff from Kobe. I am going to have to find a new favorite NBA player now, this might take a while.

Tuesday, April 5, 2016

Over spring break my boyfriend Mark, our friends Lucas, Connor, Garrett, Chelsea, and myself played basketball at the park. We played two or three nights in a row and we always played as if these were the real deal. Every game we played Mark and I's team had to win, we'd play our butts off in order to get the 'W'. Mark and I are very competitive couple we are always competing against each other about all sorts of stuff. Therefor we had to be on the same team each game because it would have basically been a blood bath because we would both want to win so badly. Although that made it difficult to beat us together as a team, we work really well together. Anyway, Mark and I were making every shot we took, and we had amazing passes, rebounds, and scores. Being able to share the love of basketball with Mark is utterly amazing. We also played a little one on one which was crazy because we ended up tying. Eleven to eleven, which is great because then we equally won together. :)

Tuesday, March 22, 2016

Today I have decided I am going to try out for cheer instead of basketball. In all honesty basketball is just not where my heart is at anymore. No matter what I do though basketball will always be apart of my life because of my family and how much they are all involved into basketball. For goodness sake my grandma bought all of the grand kids a basketball a piece. Then she bought each one of the boys a specific basketball jersey of their favorite team. She buys my grandpa a different signed basketball every year for basketball, she has for the past four years. My cousin and I don't really like getting basketball stuff anymore, for this year she got us Ivory Ella shirts. Which because they are shirts we got to look at them and try them on to make sure they fit. Back to basketball my grandparents are probably taking us to a pacers game for Easter was well. I cannot wait to see the Pacers play!

Wednesday, March 16, 2016

Basketball is a team playing sport, two teams play with five plays each when on the floor. Usually each team has like around 15, 16 people on each team. It takes usually around two to three people to coach a team, meaning you have to have a coach to run by plays and another to talk to teammates along the side. When I was younger and my grandpa coached my eighth grade basketball team he and one other person were the only two that coached. Basketball was/still is my grandpas passion, he says before he retires he will have wanted to successfully coach each one of his grand kids on a basketball team. Which he has almost worked his way through all of us, he coached myself and my cousin Caitlynn during our eighth grade years. Which he also coached Caitlynn when she lived in Marshall and played for them. Then he is currently coaching my cousin Casion and my little brother Brody at the Rec for a little league team. He also helps my uncle Jason coach his city league team which holds my other cousin Carri. Which only leaves three kids left that he has not coached which would be Karson, Konner, and Hunter. My grandpa says he will do it, no matter what each grand kid will be coached by him at least once.

Friday, March 11, 2016

Today I went and played basketball with my cousins, at the Rec. I have never truly understood how much I missed playing, the feeling I get being on a court. It's unbelievable when I play, I mean yes I am not as good as I was way back when. Just playing with them today made me rethink trying out for basketball. Basketball is where I can forget all of my problems and just think about playing. I miss playing so much, I know I ramble on a lot about basketball but I honestly just love it so much. I hope I can get the courage to try out again, I am very nervous of looking silly in front of people. My dad would be so proud of me if I tried out again, that is literally all I have ever wanted. I'm going to try out, and if I fail, I fail at least I will be trying my hardest. Which is all my dad ever wanted was for me to try hard.

Monday, February 29, 2016

Basketball is a great sport, with a good source of exercise and team great team work. When I was in the eighth grade our basketball had team building meetings to teach better team work skills so that we would play better. To make a basketball team better than the next the team has to have trust in each other, and my team did not. Our team was the kind of team that believed we could do it all by ourselves little did we know we all needed each other. We did not follow directions very well, our trust for our coach and our team sucked. Also the team was out of shape. To turn our team around a parent suggested that we have team building meetings to get closer and more trusting of our team members. We then started practicing harder, and we started trusting people. What went from playing five games and only winning won, went to playing five games and winning three of the five. Basketball changes us girls into the players we are today, and that is the best reward of all. Even if some of us do not play anymore the game gave us good life materials to help us be better people in this world.

Monday, February 22, 2016

The history of basketball started in the invention of it in 1891 in Springfield Massachusetts by Canadian physical education instructor James Naismith as a less injury-prone sport than football. Basketball is played now by more than 250 million people worldwide. Naismith created the rules for basketball in about an hour, and most of them still apply in some way for basketball. Basketball has been around for a long time, and in my family we take it as seriously as church. All of us know how to play, we could pretty much coach it. Which is what half of us are going to end up being since our grandpa and our uncle is one. Basketball is in our blood, and it'll never end.

Thursday, February 18, 2016

So, I have decided I am playing basketball my senior year. I am so pumped, I have not played since I was a sophomore in high school. My skills will probably be a little rusty, but I am sure with a lot of hard work I will be able to get right back where I was again. Maybe I will be even better than I was. My dad is really proud of me for doing basketball again, and that makes me really happy because now my dad and I will have something to bond over again. My mom on the other hand does not think I should play. She thinks it is to dangerous because I have a bad knee and shoulder, but I have been working both of them out lately so hopefully they will both be ready to play by game time. I just cannot wait to have my parents watching me play, like the good ole days. I am so excited for next years season to start I have started my own little training to get prepared for our couches conditioning in the summer. Hopefully the season gets here a lot faster!!

Friday, February 5, 2016

My favorite NBA team is the either the Bulls, or the Lakers. Growing up I always favored the Lakers more, but I think that it was only because I loved Kobe Bryant so much. All that I have ever wanted was to go to a La Lakers, or Chicago Bulls game. My dad took me to see a pacers game once, honestly does not compare to what it would be to be at a Lakers or Bulls game. Growing up there was a big rivalry with cletics and the lakers. My family has always been into basketball, eat, sleep, breathe, basketball. In our family if you don't like basketball you must have been dropped on your head as a child. All of us grandchildren learned at a very early age that you didn't talk when it came to basketball, or else we got into trouble.

Thursday, January 28, 2016

Basketball is a great stress reliever, when having stressful days. Sometimes, when I use to play I would have really bad days, basketball was the only thing that would help me get through the day. It makes you forget about all the problems, instead of worrying about all your problems you get to run drills, and plays. Basketball games are also really good at taking stress away, although they add a different level of stress to you. Games never really got me upset though most of the time, I tuned everything out and just played. It was more of a relaxation thing for me like all the problems melted away.

Wednesday, January 20, 2016

Basketball injuries seemed to always find me, I was probably the clumsiest person ever. I wasn't a bad player, except in practice I usually ended up in the trainer's office with ice on something. I remember there was this one camp we went to and before every game because my ankles were so bad I would have to have them taped. The last day we played, I over extended my knee and had to come home with ice from that to. Even though I got hurt constantly it never stopped me from loving the game so much, basketball did genially pause me or slow my amount of playing. Not playing basketball this year was the biggest mistake I have ever endured in my life. Playing basketball was the best thing that ever happened to me, it is where I met all of my friends. I made really good grades. I regret everyday for not playing this year, it is very depressing in all honesty. It is a very good thing that I will be playing next year, and hopefully I can get back into shape before doing it.

Wednesday, January 13, 2016

Would you say basketball is only a boy sport? There use to be a lot of guys that only thought basketball was for them. Girls were not any where near as tough as them to play it. In my own opinion, I believe that girls basketball is more aggressive then boys. I once played in my teams last game that decided if we went to regionals or not, and dribbling down with the ball I tripped over this girls feet and we both landed in a heap for the ball. When she got off of me, she started punching me in the stomach, because I purposely landed on her. Yes, boys games are just as rough and tough as girls, I just believe girls is just as tough. When I was younger I took an elbow to the face, with a little bloody nose and a fat lip I kept playing. Basketball itself is just a rough sport, you either have to a tough boy or girl to play it. Either gender can play some better than others.

Thursday, January 7, 2016

When I was younger, probably fourth or fifth grade my dad and I use to go watch all the high school games. I wanted to be just like all those girls playing on the court. I started playing basketball my sixth grade year, I was on city league and I played for the tigers. I only got to play one year, because I waited so long and city league only went to sixth. I then tried out for the mayo seventh grade basketball team and I made it. I worked my tail off to become a starter on my team, and a starter for eighth grade as well. When I got into high school I did not play my first year, and I regret it all the time, the coach at that time was not very nice. I played my sophomore year and I loved very bit of it, basketball has always been my favorite sport. Going into my junior year, I am not playing basketball and it makes me very upset considering I wish I played all four years. I promised myself that I would play my senior year, no matter what happens I am playing. Basketball just makes my life easier to understand, and without it I am honestly lost.