October 22nd, 2014 | Uncategorized
On Saturday the Under 11 Boys Team at Kubs Club had their first game! I have been working with this group as well as the Under 12’s on Fridays with Christine for about a month and a half. One Friday I was taking the Dart (Irish train system) to the gym with one of the boys. We got off and started walking to the gym when I noticed he was very antsy and began speeding up! I wasn’t sure if he was trying to get away from something (or me!). After a few more steps he couldn’t take it any more and told me he had to go run to the gym and get his special basketball to shoot before anyone else got to it!
This boy as well as his team were more than excited to play on Saturday. We even had a couple new players join that day, and this would be the first game that most of them have ever played in. Knowing that, it was important that I pointed out very basic areas of the game such as which basket we are shooting at, when we play on offense and defense, and after everyone on the team wanted to be point guard (as they all competed for the inbound pass), I learned to assign who takes the ball out of bounds and who gets to dribble it up the floor. This made things a lot easier for us!
Even though we were down the first half and didn’t get many shots up, you could still tell the boys were having a great time playing against another team. As soon as we got into the second half, we tasted a comeback! High fives were given down the line of the bench at each basket we made and the players as well as parents were excited to celebrate. I even got in trouble with one of the boys for not cheering as loud at the basket he made, so I made sure to take note of that for next time! The boys and I still have a lot to learn, and I look forward to our next game!
Victory Scholar: Jennifer Morabito
Sport League: MAAC League
Present University: Trinity College Dublin
Alma Mater: Canisus College