Sunday, October 23, 2011

Kiddie Basketball - Better Than a Comedy Club

The boy started basketball at the Y yesterday - Kindergarten league. This is his first organized team sport, and it shows. Luckily, most of the other kids are about at the same level. Practice was pretty funny, and the actual "game" even more so. Of course, at this level they don't keep score or call fouls or anything. Heck, not all the kids seemed to know they were actually playing a game!

 The parents are funny too. Our side was pretty quiet, but the other team's parents were yelling advice and encouragement: "Shoot it!" "Get the ball!" "Block him!" With the result that their kids were blocking and stealing the ball - from their own teammates, mostly. Because our team was still standing in a group under the other hoop, wondering where the ball went.

 It's going to be interesting to see how much the boy learns about basketball. (Let's face it, considering his genetic makeup, a sports scholarship is probably not in his future.) Passing, catching, dribbling, dribbling while moving, instead of picking up the ball and running down court with it - these all seem possible,  eventually, though I don't know if the season is long enough for the kids to figure out the rules of the game. Or that they're actually involved in a game. Against another team.

 But at the end of the hour, he said he had fun, and the baby and I were definitely entertained watching him, so I guess it's money well spent.

 Next spring, soccer.

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