This year, Will was able to play his first year of basketball at school. Scott was one of the coaches and it was all great fun. I thought I’d share my favorite 10 memories of the season, in no particular order.
TOP TEN: BBALL MEMORIES
1. The excitement Scott had during the season. He got his fancy whiteboard clipboard that he could mark plays on for the boys. He spent hours researching plays, coaching techniques and drills for the boys. He was so dedicated and so good.
2. The excitement Will shared with him. That boy loves playing basketball. We have a sloped driveway so getting a basketball goal just isn’t feasible. They’d spend the entire time chasing the ball. So, Will always heads over to the neighbor’s house across the street. He loves playing so much even my neighbors comment on his jump shot. Will may not be the #1 player on the team, but boy is he dedicated. He understands the fundamentals of the game and that makes me very proud.
3. About halfway through the season, Will participated in the Knights of Columbus free throw contest and won first place in his age division, making 10 out of 15 free throws! District is this weekend and we’re hoping he shoots his best.
4. It was great fun/exercise to take the other four to watch him play. With Scott coaching, I was on my own. Anna-Laura found a buddy and all they did was giggle and eat snacks from the concession stand. Clare complained that she couldn’t sit closer to ALG’s friend, John Paul was riveted to the game and Luke – oh Luke. He loved to climb the bleachers. I’m pretty sure my workout was more calories burned that Will’s!
5. One of our last games we had a – shall we say – “icky” ref. He made some bad calls, but we were taking them in stride. That is, until he reprimanded Will about something he did on the sideline. Scott stepped in and told him if he had a problem with one of our players, he needed to address it with him or the other coach, not the player. That apparently did not set well with Mr. Black and White. Scott and the other coach were standing at the same time and they got the stank eye and almost got a technical foul. I have no idea what playbook that’s in, but Scott. Was. Hot. He handled himself well, though, because I didn’t find any of that out until after the game!
6. My kids have a knack for making a big play while I’m not there. I HEARD Will made some awesome baskets, but I only got to see ONE all season long!
7. Last week, as we were heading to the second playoff game, Will asked if he was riding with me or Scott. When I told him me, he slumped his shoulders a little. I asked why and he told me that he and Scott listened to a little rap on XM Radio to get “psyched up” for their first playoff game where they beat a #3 seed. “It just put me in the right mood, mom.” Sorry, sweetheart, you get to listen to your brothers and sisters scream on this car trip 🙂
8. Let’s face it, fifth/sixth grade boys’ basketball still has high emotions. It wasn’t uncommon to see one of the guys (Will included) with tears in his eye after making a foul or messing up a play. But, seeing him provide encouragement to his teammates when they had a bad play made my heart smile.
9. The camaraderie and Christian sportsmanship on the court was just impressive and reason #1,052 we send our children to Catholic school. We met some great parents and players this season!
10. The third place finish was certainly the icing on the cake. We only missed the championship game by 3 little points. To be fair, it would’ve only been one point if not for that layup the last 45 seconds of the game. Ugh. But, the boys really played hard in their last game and came out with the W.I.N. That’s the way to end a season. Go Big Blue!