Fall Basketball 2015
|And so we begin another season of basketball.
This summer we had
an unintentional break as Coach didn't have his teams in leagues.
Out of town tourneys instead. I think we might have hit one.
I was hoping that Dash would have one more season in a 9u league.
Give him a chance to be a big guy. He's worked hard, well, he's
attended a lot of practices, without a lot of glory. Need those
glory moments to help sustain motivation...
When I saw the league schedule it read 3rd/4th Grade; I had some
Turns out that it's a 10u league. But he is one of the biggest
and oldest on his team. Mixed blessing.
But, for whatever reason, the switch flipped in his head, and he's
been busting his butt in practice. We're all very happy about
Will it translate to the court?
A little practice with Dad this morning confirmed that inter-family
practices aren't going to be any different. A block by Dad results in a
permanent bad mood.
In the gym, practice looks practice-y (click pictures for full size)
|As mentioned, Dash is one of bigger players on his team, though
everyone on the other team was at least his size, with a couple of
mooses. The opponents were fast and rough.
His great hustle on display
in recent practices carried over into the game.
|The shot to the left is interesting (to me at least)
for a couple of reasons.
1) Elias is a very good 9-year old point guard who is pretty much
unafraid to play against any level.
It looks like Dash will be #2 point guard. He and Elias shared
duty for a good portion of their time together on the court.
2) Those four points are Dash's. Generally, that's his total
for a good game. Generally, he scores less than 10% of his team's point.
|Dash got some cheap points by breaking down the court and
cherry-picking (that's new, he typically prefers to hang back), he also
made some aggressive moves to the basket and drew fouls (he's also
reluctant to get physical). He did get knocked in the head hard a
few times; he played through tears. I was worried that he'd back
Dash finished the (poorly-photographed) fast break below. Number 50 was
huge, but Dash shielded him with his body and did a nice finger roll to make the
layup. He does that to me pretty much all the time.
|Lots of rebounds, some great steals, and constant hustle Very
proud. "Dash, if you want me to buy you a car, now's a good time
The second game was against a team their size, so they won
handily. Dash displayed a lot of leadership out there, with some
hard drives, some coast-to-coasts, directing the offense, and playing
He obviously has a lot to learn, but a good day, and an opportunity
(and a responsibility) to lead and improve his court sense. Cool.
Elias and Dash