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Daily School Journal Day 89 (PM) Basketball vs. Square Dancing

by admin on January 13th, 2004

Well my review was just fine. It wasn’t painful or anything. It was basically what I was doing was fine; I just needed to force kids to participate more, and do a little more organization with it. It was all stuff I could do fairly easily. I was sort of expecting more, but I can deal with this. Maybe instead of asking trivia on Fridays, I’ll put up some discussion questions during the week.

I have basketball practice today. I coach a 7th and 8th grade team of the hardest working players in the world. The only problem is they’re like what Bobby Knight said about a player. He’s the best bad player I’ve ever seen. That’s my team. Sort of. We got drubbed by 35 points yesterday. We should have lost that game. We were outsized, outmatched, and out aged. This is a 7th and 8th grade league for everyone but us. We have 0 8th graders. None. I have 3 7th graders. I start 3 7th grader, and 2 6th graders, one of which should be a 5th grader. I bring in 4th graders, 5th graders and a 6th grader or 2 off the bench. I coach the kids who never played organized ball anywhere. Yesterday’s game I dealt with amazing demonstrations of Matador Defense, and Escort Defense by my players. I even saw the seldom used Dose’ Doe Defense. You have to have the deer in the headlights look permanently stuck on your face to do the Dose Doe Defense correctly. It is when you just sort of dance around the person with the ball, and never really attempt to do anything to them. The Escort defense is when you run along side the person with the ball, all the way until they make a lay-up. Escort Defense sometimes called, “oh excuse me let me get out of your way here” defense, is just that, when you step out of the way so someone doesn’t run you over on their way to make a lay-up. We put on a clinic in all of those aspects of Defense yesterday. I’m going to go out there today and get a little intense with them. They play seriously soft. Jell-O soft. I’ll give them about 8 points for being nervous, first game jitters. We missed 5 lay-ups, like uncontested lay-ups. SO really we should have lost that game, but only by about 15 or 16 points. They were better, but not 35 points better. We have a game tomorrow, and we’re all going to foul out before we give up easy lay-ups. If I had to find a positive for yesterday, it’s that we were 9 for 9 from the free throw line. It’s always good to shoot a high percentage from the line.

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