Tuesday, December 5, 2017

Basketball

We are in our second year of basketball. This year the girls' teams do not have the same games or  practice days. We play with a league out of College Station, so everything is already a bit of a drive from our home. The girls love it and love the friends they have made. The games are much more exciting to watch now that most of the players have much more experience over last year.

Basketball is so much more than just a P.E. credit, in experience and time involved. The girls now have to face challenges and overcome huge tasks or sometimes just survive the battles. Maybe it's this way in all schools, but in homeschool leagues especially, we go up against a variety of ages, sizes and experience. Everyone wants to win. The determination in the faces of our girls and the girls we play against reflect their passion.

Capturing their games in photography is especially challenging and rewarding for me.  The entire game the girls give their all. There's always that next play that will show that next better, clearer shot. Video would help the coaches more, but a still shot captures the moment's intensity. Max helped me with Euly's recent game. He took over 370 pictures, all great and exciting.

I played junior high basketball. I don't recall if I was a significant asset for our team, but I do remember so much more now watching my girls play. We also played much larger girls and survived. We bonded as a team and friendships were made. Basketball physical confidence which takes over beyond the courts and helps growth to handle all types of competitive situations.

Our league is Christian and competitive. There is a conscious balance the both, as we have in the rest of our lives. We don't leave out who we are when we play. It is not always easy, sometimes it can be very hard, as we spend miles in the car, I know it’s worth it.


Maybe the time Ceci re-injured her leg.
 Middle School Girls Second Place at a recent tournament

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