March 13th, 2016 | Uncategorized
Another week of coaching goes by and these Wildcats are on the ball with their improved basketball skills. If I had to describe this week into one word it would be improvement, which is why it was particularly special.
For starters, one of the Wild Kittens that usually comes to the first hour session decided to take a big step and join the next age group up in the second hour session. The first hour is usually for 5-7 year olds and the second session is for 8-11 year olds. This specific young girl, who is 7 about to turn 8, moved up earlier to take her skills to the next level. Most girls refuse to move up because all of their friends is in the one group and they don’t want to leave them or because they’re too scared to move up. So seeing this young girls’ drive to take her game to the next level and make such a big girl decision is something to applaud over and I’m proud to be a spectator on such a monumental moment.
Another reason why this week was awesome is because one of the Wild Kittens, who could never even touch the rim until this week, was finally able to make a basket AND make it consistently. I was in shock watching her make basket after basket this week. Before, this same young girl used to pout and cry to me saying:
“Jazmen, I can’t do it…I can’t reach it.”
And I would respond:
“Yes you can, just keep shooting and coming to Saturday morning sessions and you will get there, I promise.”
And this week was just that. She did her 1-2-3-4 and made every shot to winning the hot seat game. I was so happy for her. There’s no better feeling than seeing growth from a player where months ago when she truly believed that she couldn’t do something to now, after many weeks of mini ball camp, she can reach the rim AND make the basket. If such improvement can happen to a 7 year old then the sky is truly the limit. So impressed with her growth, I ran to her mother afterwards to give praise about her daughter’s performance and her mother responds:
“That is awesome! She really does enjoy coming to Saturday mornings”.
Can’t wait to see what’s in store for next week!
Victory Scholar: Jazmen Boone
Present University: Waterford IT
US League: CAA
Club/Community Partner: Waterford Wildcats
Alma Mater: The College of William and Mary
Sponsored by: Teamwear Ireland