Behind the scenes of Basketball
By Marcus Hixenbaugh
December 2, 2016
Playing a high school sport is far from easy. It takes hard work, dedication, and a willingness to accept criticism and learn from it. Everyday is a grind and you have to stick with it.
Basketball is my passion. I love basketball with every fiber of my being. Many don’t know the amount of effort that actually goes into playing the sport. It takes an immensity of mental toughness and dedication.
Normally we start off practice by stretching, like you should do before any kind of physical activity so you don’t hurt yourself. After stretching for five minutes we take a lap around the gym and get straight into lane slides, which is the second worst part during practice.
After we finish doing our three sets of lane slides we immediately transition into defensive drills. We normally do three or four defensive drills for about five minutes each. At this point in the practice everybody has a good sweat going and is ready to start our competition drills.
In competition drills the two teams will compete in multiple drills such as box outs, shell drill, offensive plays, and transition offense. We keep score while were playing and losing team has to run a down and back for however many points they lose by. Now you might be sitting there thinking, “Well when do you guys get water?” Normally we get our first drink of water after our first competitive drill is over and the losing team is running.
Once we finish up with competition we work on offense and the plays. Sometimes we have running on the line for whatever team doesn’t score the most. Now depending on how coach is feeling and how we practiced, we will either have conditioning at the end of practice or we won’t.
Overall practice is pretty tiring if you give it your all and go hard the entire time. During practice, Higgins does a lot of yelling and that’s where the mental toughness aspect comes into play. You have to be able to take someone else yelling at you and not get upset by it.
If you think you are able to handle a practice like this everyday for a solid four months, then I encourage you to come and try out basketball. Honestly it a great experience and you build great friendships that will last a long time.