Finally we are able to start practice and meet our teammates! All of the girls are lovely and are helping Nyasha and I adjust to the Irish basketball culture, lingo and style of play. I was expecting it to be a little bit like the first day of class, where we do ice breakers and learn each other’s names. To my surprise, our coach just through us in and we began to scrimmage.
When put on my team, I introduced myself and tired to remember everyone’s name. As comical as it may sound, the biggest thing that stuck out between Nyasha and myself were our shorts! Most of the Irish players were wearing short shorts—basically running shorts—and I remember asking, “How can you guys wear your shorts so short?” Everyone started laughing. They couldn’t understand how we wore our shots so long! “You guys are basically wearing pants…I hate for the shorts to touch my thighs…yours look so baggy like…,” were just some of their responses. The rest of practice involved running up and down the court comparing the benefits of wearing long or short shorts during training. We also compared other words like our basketball shoes to their boots, our running shoes to their trainers, our pinny tops to their bibs, and our practices to their training sessions.
Lets just say the next day I honestly did consider wearing my running shorts, but I decided to keep some of the American in me.