Making the Basketball Team
11:00 a.m. class
Dr. Nicolette Rose
I was attending Norcross High School in the tenth grade when I decided to join the basketball team. I had been playing basketball ever since I was five. Basketball was my favorite sport, but the only time I played on a team was when I was 8 at the YMCA. When I got older my family and friends would ask me if I planned to play in high school. At the time I was not really sure because I was afraid of not making the team. So when I got to the tenth grade I decided to try out for the junior varsity basketball team. Making the basketball team was a big obstacle in my life that I had to overcome.
Before tryouts began, the coach recommended I go to workouts to get in shape. Basketball workouts lasted about two weeks. I would go to these workouts every day and work really hard. I would run two miles before the workout session started. During the workout I would do different cardio activities such as jumping rope, lifting weights, and doing squats. I was out of shape when I started the workout, but after a few more workout session it really helped me get into shape. I would work so hard at workouts that by the time I got home all I wanted to do was eat and go to sleep. Workouts were so intense sometimes that I would be so sore the next morning. Even though workouts were painful, I enjoyed them because they gave me more energy and helped me build muscular strength.
Now that the workouts were over, it was time for tryouts. The tryouts lasted a week. At the beginning of tryouts, I was not really sure if I was going to make the team because the junior varsity team tried out with the varsity team. Although I was strong, I was not in good enough shape to keep up with the varsity team. Tryouts were very difficult, but I made sure every day to work extremely hard. I also made sure I was doing the drills correctly and precisely because I knew how strict the coaches...