Archive for the ‘Basketball’ Category

Seattle Storm

4 June, 2016

last night, it took way too long for me to figure out the channel to tune into to watch some of the Seattle Storm game.

Anyway, Rookie (of the month of May!!) Breanna Stewart, and sophomore (2015 Rookie of Year) Jewell Loyd seem to be a decent pair to build a future team around. I hope Sue Bird (one of the best point guards of all time) finishes her career in Seattle, and gives wisdom to the youngsters.

So…if anyone is reading… Dear Seattle Storm home office… fill the stands. Let ticket sales be a loss-leader, bring ’em in with cheap seats. (And then they’ll get thirsty for a $6 soda, sigh.) Are all games on TV? I can’t tell. They should be, get the word out.


Catch a Star – Tamika Catchings

21 May, 2016

I’m glad I read Tamika Catchings’s story. Her dad, was a bit too much of trying to coach her, even after she had surpassed him in accomplishments in basketball. I hope that I don’t do that to my kids. Just be a supportive parent. Let their coaches coach. Luckily for me, my kids already know more about sports than I do.


basketball – MsSqueaky

3 March, 2016

I’m reading a report MsS recently wrote about herself: “I am good at basketball…I am really good at defending…basketball is my favorite sport.”  Awwwww…. me and my daughter share a favorite sport.

So, this Winter, MsS played through the YMCA, I did not coach. I thought for sure we would know someone on her team. Nope. After three seasons, a totally new bunch of girls. At the first practice, I sat, I watched…oh, my, this was not going to be good. MsS was the best on her team, by a lot. They did a game, everyone dribbling, you’re out when you lose control of your ball, or someone knocks your ball away. MsS won three times in a row, easily. Last year, she was about average on her team. This year, looks like she was gonna be the Captain. I told her that she was the veteran, and would need to be a good example to the other girls.

First game. A disaster. But, at least we played against someone that was on our team last year, so that was nice when she stole the ball from MsS.

Second and third games went poorly too.

But then, a few other parents started helping the girls, so they would have many stations at practice, which was cool. And a few veteran players that I recognized from last year joined the team. And they started to jell.

And MsS started getting assertive. She was going for rebounds. She started trying to steal the ball, sometimes getting it, sometimes getting a jump ball. A few weeks ago, in a game the girl assigned to guard her, did not know what to do. MsS would dribble past, get to her favorite spot, and make a basket. Four times in a row.





Basketball today

14 February, 2015

MrCuddles was having fun playing some basketball with me today. He was also dribbling along the side during his siblings games. Or coloring. Yay, not playing an electronic device! speaking of electronic devices…I was playing a football game with MrGrunty. He got upset when I did a silly play, instead of getting the touchdown at the end of the half. Later, played some chase game where get coins with MsSqueaky…they laughed at how terrible I am. MsS usually got 200 coins. I finally got 51 coins…they cheered for me. MrG game. I’m wondering if he likes basketball… He just doesn’t seem to have the hustle he did last year. But he’s very serious on the court, so hard to say. He did get coach yell out “good defense” to him. And he stole the ball and went down and got the basket. MsS told me she wants to be a basketball player and a soccer player when she grows up. She was playing a lot today, taking extra shots when ever there wasn’t a game. MsS game…we think it was the first team we played this season…the crushed us. They had two tall girls, they were stealing the ball, we just weren’t ready, didn’t know or trust each other…MsS freaked out. It was bad. Today, we did much better. We were aggressive on defense, in their face, making steals,…MsS tells me we won. Now if I may brag aboot my team… MsS…stole the ball, and dribbled down and got a basket. SH…basket, steal, offensive rebound and quick basket…someone’s head crashed into her cheek. She came out crying, but after a few seconds “I’m OK”. KH…smothering defense, going after the lose balls, I think a steal Q…basket, a rebound CD…couple of steals, couple of baskets…the girl guarding her was fearless, fast, and ripped the ball from CD’s hands a couple times! EK…we stuck her on one of the “giants”. She got a rebound, a steal…she always says, “is it over yet? When can we go home?” But I think she has fun. She got a ball to the face, and came out for a minute, worried aboot bleeding lips…I assured her she was fine. And she wanted back in.

AV and AR were out of town.

last weekend basketball

12 February, 2015

Friday night, we went as a family to watch UW Women’s basketball vs Oregon State. (Two friends from MsS team were there, too.) MrG watched the whole game, sitting next to his mommy…I did a bit of explore the bleachers with MrCuddles and MsSqueaky.

Saturday was MsSqueaky’s game. Her teacher from school showed up to watch, how cool is that! Also, very beginning of the game, MsS was running, the girl guarding her was chasing, MsS quickly stopped, and got slammed into by the other girl. She hit the floor pretty hard, the crowd gasped. And I went to gather her, held her for a few minutes, cheered her up, explained it was an accident, and soon she was ready to go back out on the floor. (Soccer benefit, the grass is much softer than hardwood floor.) And if I may brag about my daughter for a moment… She was standing on the right block, coach told her to move, she ran around a bit, got a pass from coaches daughter, dribbled back to right block, was open, and made the shot! (She had two baskets Saturday!)

Sunday, Papa & MsSqueaky time, we went to watch UW Women’s basketball vs Oregon. She watched some of the game, and cheered at the right time, or asked questions. But, we went to the snack bar a couple of times, and climbed to the highest seats and circled the arena.

If I haven’t mentioned it, I am lucky to be the Assistant-to-the-Coach for MsSqueaky’s basketball team. I am loving it.

When we show up for a game, I try to get the girls practicing shots. They kinda line up close to the free throw line, and chaotically take turns. I stand under the basket, saying encouragement “nice quick shot” or “you’re making me smile” and collect the rebound, either passing or tipping it left or right, barking out, “you go get that ball, that’s your ball”. If I see them carrying the ball I call out, “Dribble. Dribble all the time. I want you to dream about dribbling.”

At first, Coach’sDaughter (CD) was the star, I’ve known her for a few years, and she LOVES to play ball. She is fast on rebounds, loves to dribble around defenders, and will quickly steal any lazy pass. But by now, seems the team has gotten a lot better, and are trusting themselves, and each other. It’s great fun to watch from the sidelines.

Now if I may brag about our team

CD: still fast on rebounds, loves to dribble around defenders, but is learning to trust her teammates and has started collecting assists. (Often she’ll pass to MsSqueaky) Frustrates her dad when she takes long shots.
KH and SH… sisters, and they have started doing smothering defense. Srsly, they will get up very close and in the face of the girl they are guarding as soon as she stops dribbling. Coach taught that. SH had a buzzer beater to end the game last week.
EK… good all-around player, one of our taller girls. Probably our second best scorer, (and is more efficient than our best scorer.)
Q… a few games ago was upset that the girl kept stealing from her. Coach explained that you can do that now. And now, Q is on a mission. I would not be surprised someday if she earns ten steals.
MsS… is getting better emotionally. Last year, she didn’t care. This year they are “keeping score” and that bothered her. (Coach and I don’t keep track of the score.) But she’s calming down, worrying less aboot the height of the basket, dribbling with confidence and even switch hands on the dribble in response to a defender. Seems most games she hits at least one open shot. (I just wish she would rebound like she did last year. Last year she was sweeping the floor going for the loose ball.)
AV and AR… sisters. They may be put-off by my over the top acting. So I try to calm it down for them, but still give them high-fives and say I’m happy to see them when they arrive. AV is getting better on defense. AR has become a scoring threat if left open.

Wow, this has been fun! I am seriously considering continuing next season…but what if the chemistry is different? This team is awesome, maybe I should quit on a high-note.

Ways I need to improve… names… I still get AR and AR mixed up. KH and SH mixed up sometimes, too. Also… I need to get better at tailoring my play to their levels. I think I can do this decently one-on-one…but if there is a group, or I have to quickly switch to the next player during a drill, my default might be a bit too tough. (Another way to read this is I’m a horrible person, and I am too competitive against 8 year olds. I hope I just get caught up in the excitement…but there’s always the chance that I am in fact, a horrible person. God be with me.)


Saturday basketball and

1 February, 2015

It’s late. I’m still a bit sad aboot the Seahawks not using Lynch to run when they were second down on the one yard line!!! MrGrunty wept and was in the fetal position. I tried to tell my children that I was disappointed in the Seahawk player who fought at end of game. You never do that. You always say “good game, thanks for playing” no matter what.

Anyway…happy Saturday sports stuff….

MsSqueaky’s game… She ran down court fast after her friend grabbed the rebound, (yay), her friend threw the ball to her, (yay), MsS caught the ball (YAY), MsS took the shot (YAY!) and she made the basket! I’m very proud that she didn’t get discouraged when she was matched up against a taller player. However, she was crying at the end of the game because she thought we lost…sigh. I told her last night, when tucking her in that I love watching her, that she gets better all the time, that coaches like close games, and that all the girls who take the court are winners.

MrG’s game…I’m only bragging a tiny bit…but he had a rebound, an assist, a basket and two steals.

MrG had a friend visit…so I got to spend some more time with MrCuddles. We played a lot of catch with football, and a bit of basketball too.

College basketball

17 January, 2015

…so… I am lucky enough to be assistant coach for MsSqueaky’s basketball team. Coach’s niece plays for a local community college and we went to watch. Great fun, cheap, kids free, great seats – sat second row mid court.

I pointed out to MsS that the shortest woman on the court had scored most points for her team. (Last week MsS was intimidated by a couple tall girls.)

I think I’ll try to catch some more games. I might learn something.

Also…pondering taking to the court myself…seems there’s a league in Seattle, and they try to match people …from ex college to never played.

Oh for the love of the game… Will my old knees and sore feet and out of shape body even let me? (note: in my peak, I was slow and short and couldn’t shoot a basketball.)

Pick and roll

11 December, 2014

So…when is it a good time to start teaching the Pick and Roll?

Is MsSqueaky’s 2nd and 3rd grade team….aka ” the Air Girls” to young?



MsSqueaky’s basketball practice

2 December, 2014

I love being assistant coach. I get to throw out crazy ideas, and let the coach decide what to do. When coach was running a passing drill, I went over and chatted with parents. I had fun, and even got some exercise when it was team -vs- coaches keep-away.

My best idea tonight…I pre-made name tags for all the girls to help me, and everyone else learn names.

I’m looking forward to it, MsS has gotten better since last year. The girls this year are better skilled. It’s amazing how much they learn, when they are doing something else.

Coaches meeting

25 November, 2014

Note to self…

  • Bring name tags so I can hopefully learn players names quickly
  • call school to get janitor contact info
  • learn location of first aid kit
  • write down address of practice location
  • don’t forget water breaks