by Adam Baker
Being on the basketball team is a privilege in itself. Just think there are somewhere around 10 people on the basketball team, and there are thousands of people in the school. Only 1 percent of those people will be able to make the team. Within those 1 percent of possible people who can play on the team, only 5 of them can be on the court at a single time. Which means that it comes down to barely half of a percent of people can play at once.
What it means to be on the team for me is that I am a part of something bigger than myself. It means that I have been chosen to be one of the select few to represent the school in one of the most magnificent sports on the planet. The most important part of being on the team is learning to rely on others to have your back when you make a mistake, and there is no greater feeling than knowing that you have the support you of every teammate on the team not to forget the coaches.
The coaches play a big role in the basketball experience. Their knowledge and experience of the game can be the difference of being a great team or just a mediocre team that no one is going to remember the day after they play them. As a player of the game, i know that the coach’s rules are final, even if I forget what he wants us to run from time to time. If he tells me shoot the ball instead of driving to the basket: I am going to do exactly that. I sometimes have to remember that there are multiple views to the game, literally. I may be on the court and just picked up a cheap foul that I thought was completely legal. However, my coach is on the sideline and saw exactly what the problem was. So with that, he can help me adjust to the problem and work to fix it.
Basketball is a lot more work than most people would imagine. It’s easy to believe that you just run up and down a court and shoot the ball. That is completely false. There is so much skill involved with the game, that it requires practice beyond what most people imagine. For example, just your basic shot takes multiple steps. First, you must square up your body to the basket, which basically means that you should be facing the rim. Next, you have to bend your knees, and bring the ball to your shooting pocket. Your shooting pocket is between your navel and your chest. After, you must bring the ball up using your shooting hand (which is most likely your dominant hand) and your guide hand (which is the opposite of your shooting hand). Then, using your guide hand to keep the ball straight you flick the shot with your shooting hand and hold your form. A good shot takes many hours of practice, and that happens to be only one part of the game. There are still loads of things that weren’t mentioned like, footwork for moves on the perimeter, and footwork for post moves. The defensive side of the sport is even more difficult.
The most positive experience of being on team, is the bond that you create with the other members of the team. All the blood sweat and tears, that are shed throughout the season are something that you can never get back. If the team is a team that works hard every day and does its absolute best to become better everyday, it is going to show in the team bond. A team that doesn’t work hard is not going to have as much chemistry as one that is going to strive to get better at every possible day. This bond is not limited to just being on the court. If i see one of my teammates walking across campus you better believe I am going to say hello or greet them in some way. In my opinion, the bond of a basketball player and his team is the strongest connection we have. If I am down in the dumps, I can go up to any one of the members of my team and they will extend some empathy for my situation or at least pretend to for the sake of being teammates. Not only do they show empathy towards me, I also know that they aren’t going to go around and tell everyone what I just told them in confidence.
Being a captain of the team is one of the biggest responsibilities that can be placed on you as a basketball player. Despite the fact that all that responsibility is placed on you, it is still the most rewarding feeling to be one. The feeling that everyone is going to look up to you for advice when it comes down to crunch time. Being a captain you are basically just an extension of the coach on the court. After all, the coach has placed the captains in the spot they are because of the leadership qualities.
Being on the team is a powerful thing. Together Everyone Achieves More. Most people who have played on a team understand that acronym to be true.