it’s a girl thing — tooPosted: June 22, 2012
What does it take to turn a girl into a basketball player? Fitness, that’s easy, make them run and run and run. Skills, easy too, make them shoot and dribble while they run. Basketball IQ, setup some classroom chalk board sessions and teach on the floor. But confidence, especially for girls at a tiny school who haven’t played much, is another story.
I would say it boils down to, give them chances where they can succeed, define their roles clearly, and believe, believe, believe ( and don’t lose your sense of humor. )
“Selise, let’s pretend you have an evil twin sister named Skippy who doesn’t get embarrassed when she fouls and likes to steal the ball.”
“Alicia, you don’t need to foul them every time. Just keep in front of her with your arms straight up.”
“Q ( the one and only Quincy ), when you get the ball close right here, shoot every time. If you are anywhere else, pass it to Brittany.”
And for one girl who shall remain nameless, she knows who she is, I wrote in ink “Get the Ball” on her hand before the game. She was horrified until all the other girls thought it was a boy’s phone number.