Posted by: ladybughugs | January 8, 2009

So Close!

I may have mentioned, once or twice, that Scout plays basketball. In fact, our calendar is overflowing with basketball practices and games. This week he has seven items on the calendar that are basketball (down from nine because two practices were canceled for a rescheduled Christmas show, back-to-back practices, this is not abnormal). Next week we have ten basketball items on the calendar. Average is eight. We have basketball conflicting with basketball.

His CYO team, generally, plays well and is competitive. They don’t win them all, but they do win more than they lose. For this, I am thankful. It’s good to balance winning with losing, and vice versa.

His two school teams are not as competitive, they lose more games than they win…many more. He plays on a 6th grade team that needs 5th graders to fill out the team so the 6th graders get a break during the game. He also plays with his 5th grade classmates and a 4th grader or two to help out and give them a break. When he plays with the 6th graders, the boys on the opposing teams are huge! They tower over our boys. Their smallest guys are as big as our biggest guys. (What do they feed them!)

While the school teams are not as competitive, you won’t find more spirit anywhere. We, the parents, have learned to cheer, loudly, every point. Our boys, as 3rd and 4th graders, were playing 5th and 6th graders. They’ve always been the underdogs. Still, they persist, and so we cheer and encourage them to do their best and have fun. Do your best and have fun is always the last thing Scout hears from me before he heads off to join the team.

Monday night his 5th grade school team played. They started out ahead. By the end of the second period they were behind, just slightly. They came back and were ahead most of the third and fourth periods. In the last 30 seconds, though, the other team pulled it out and came out with a two point lead. Oh, the agony!

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