Sunday, January 25, 2015

White Boys Can Jump!

A year ago Preston received a basketball hoop for his birthday.  Initially he didn't play with it very much, but this fall he really started to enjoy it.  He goes out and throws baskets by himself, and loves to play "horse" with friends.  This winter we signed him up for basketball.  He loves it, and has really liked playing it the past couple of months.

We signed him up for the Upward league, which is a Christian run program.  They play every Saturday morning for one hour, practicing for 20 minutes, then getting introduced and playing 6 four minute periods with a short Bible message in the middle by the minister at the church they play at each week.  It is a well run program.  Following each game, we go into a little room where the boys all receive a snack, and then an iron-on star for whatever they excelled at that game (offense, defense, sportsmanship, Christ-like behavior, etc.) decided upon by his coach.

Initially he didn't get many baskets on their 8 feet high hoop, but the last few weeks he has consistently gotten at least one goal, if not two.  He is even learning to pass the ball.  Though he still travels some, he is getting better at his running and dribbling, and even getting assists.  For this age, they make the boys all wear a specific colored wristband that signifies their position, and matches a boy on the other team that they should be blocking.  Another great tool to help them learn the game, rather than having all 8 boys just chasing the ball.

Sadly it is coming to an end in a couple of weeks, but just in time for Spring baseball to begin.  These are pictures of Preston at his most recent game.




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