Normal, but not Always

dunkingSpud Web was 5’7”

One of the shortest players to ever play in the NBA was a speedy little guard named Spud Web. Spud was great at getting the ball down the court quickly and was a great play maker who could score when he needed to. However, one thing he wasn’t known for at 5’7” was dunking. Dunking was for the taller players who also possessed the ability to jump; at least that was what most people thought. Continue reading Normal, but not Always

One Thing

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A lot of people participate in sports and every person is going to have one thing that motivates them to participate more than any other reason. For some, it’s the simple love for the sport that they do. Others love the competition and the challenge that sports offer. Some love the feeling of domination and superiority. Then there’s the social aspect of sports. It’s not uncommon for people to get into sports because they happen to be friends with a group of people that they enjoy being with, so they join along with those people when they play sports. In high school and middle school, it may be cool to be on a sports team as it  will enhance a person’s recognition and popularity. And some people just like to perform in front of a lot of people, which sports will allow them to do. Continue reading One Thing

The Sprint to Sunday vs. the Strong Finish

runnersThe Importance of Pacing

Most elite athletes know how to pace themselves for a race which makes it easy to overlook the importance of pacing when watching experienced runners. However, if you watch kids in elementary school run a half mile or a mile, not all of them have caught onto the idea of the need for pacing. It becomes blatantly obvious that their strategy of not pacing themselves is a bad, bad, idea. They often end up sprinting and then stopping to catch their breath. Then they’ll stagger along slowly until they are passed by someone else. This rouses a sense of urgency and they will take off into an all-out sprint again until they run out of gas again. The process repeats itself over and over until they finish the race. Continue reading The Sprint to Sunday vs. the Strong Finish

Patience Brings Breakthrough

Chinning a basketballLearning the Value of Patience

Swen Nater was a basketball player who learned the value of patience. He was a great player, one of the best players in the nation during his time with UCLA in the early 1970’s. Even so, as great as he was, he never started a college basketball game and he mostly sat on the bench. It just so happened that Swen was a center and there was another center on the team named Bill Walton who many consider to be one of the greatest college basketball players ever. With Walton being such an outstanding player, Swen Nater had to settle for being the back-up center. Continue reading Patience Brings Breakthrough

When the Winds Blow

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One of my greatest enjoyments during my middle school and high school years was being on the track team as a pole vaulter. During those years, one thing that I came to realize about many pole vaulters was that they had a total disregard for danger. The pole vaulters who threw caution to the wind amazed me with their courage although in the back of mind I wondered if some of them had a mental deficiency to recognize danger. I was never sure what it was that allowed them to take risks without a second thought. We did have one such pole vaulter on our team named Jeff and he was our best pole vaulter. He was also a diver and a ski jumper and was living by the slogans, “No fear” and “just do it,” before they became popular. Continue reading When the Winds Blow