October 3rd, 2015 | Uncategorized
Every Saturday morning from 9:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., the Wildcats basketball club hosts a clinic for girls in the Waterford community. Katie and I coach three one hour sessions in this order: 9:30 a.m. – 10:30 a.m. are 1st & 2nd class, 10:30 a.m.-11:30 a.m. are 3rd & 4th grade class, and 11:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. are 5th, 6th & 1st years. These camps are the highlight of my morning, not because I enjoy coaching, but because kids really say and do the darndest things.
During these sessions, Katie and I always promise the girls a fun activity to do at the end of the session. These activities can range from a variety of drills like hot seat (a simpler version of knock-out), tag involving basketballs, dribble knockout, shooting competitions, or whatever the girls’ hearts desire. Well today, we decided for the girls to play matches, or a basketball game, to keep them active and hope they incorporate what they learned from the hour sessions. Even if they do not use some of the skills we taught them, Katie and I are more than happy knowing that the girls had a great time wanting to come back for more next week.
After I split up the girls into their teams, the matches began. Each team displayed great dribbling skills and tough defense. However on one of the teams, a little girl decided to pull out her lip-gloss from her pocket and reapply it ignoring the fact that the match was in live play. For those that truly know me understand that I laugh at just about anything and my laugh has a presence of its own. As I witnessed this little girl do a “total girly girl” move, I howled with shock and amusement. The other girls on her team, whom I assumed were her close friends too, were just as mind blown. Her friends throughout the match decided to stop randomly and mock the little girl by saying “oh wait don’t mind me…just putting on my lip-gloss”.
Even though it can be seen as social suicide for a player to do that in a match, I completely approved of the little girl’s actions and thought it was absolutely adorable. Most girls that play basketball are tomboys, but it is perfectly fine to be a girly girl too. If my Saturday mornings are that entertaining each week, I can’t wait to see what is waiting for me for the upcoming morning clinics with these silly “divalicious” girls.
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