To the Editor:
Mostly, this letter is my opinion, but I feel that it needs to be known.
I love small schools for the one on one attention that the students get.
The only downfall from small schools is the "name game.'
My daughters play basketball on the fifth- and seventh-grade teams. I will be the first to admit and so would they, that they are not super stars. However, they never get a chance to get any better, because they don't have the right name.
My seventh-grader is not the best ball handler, and she won't shoot. But really, how can you shoot when no one will pass you the ball?
There are some really awesome ball handlers on the team, but they can't make a basket to save their lives. Now, basketball should be a team effort. And there is no teamwork on this team.
Dennis Rodman, for instance, could not shoot a foul shot for anything and wasn't the best dribbler in the world, but he sure could rebound. Why do you think he was in the NBA? For his shooting? I don't think so.
I just don't understand the concept of playing the "best" players so they get even better, but not giving anyone else a chance to improve.
It has been this way for years. It's all about who you are, not your talent.
I leave with this. There is no "I" in team. But these coaches must spell it different than I do.
Thank you for your time.
As far as the fifth-grade team, fifth- and sixth-grade is basically for learning the basics. How is a child supposed to learn anything unless they are allowed to try?
It's absolutely ridiculous that certain children can't even enjoy a simple activity because of these things.