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FILM STUDY – COACH CARTER

By: Yvonne Nnadi
For: Mr. Lio
April 2nd, 2013.

1. As the new basketball coach at Richmond High, Carter has just four rules on his players’ contract. What are they? [4] a) Maintain a 2.3 grade point average (C+).
b) Attend all classes and sit in the front row.
c) Wear jackets and ties on game days.
d) Complete 10 hours of community service.
2. Damien makes the decision to transfer schools so that he can play for his father. He also proposes a contract stricter than that offered to the other players. Why do you think it is so important he play on his father’s team? What would you do if you were Coach Carter’s son? Why is that? [5] Damien quits playing at St. Francis because he is so adamant to play for his dad on his team. He said that “All I want to do is to play for you.” Damien believes that with his dad coaching any team, that team would be successful. Also, he mentions that he wants to go to a good university that offers a basketball scholarship, so he thinks that having his father as his coach would liken the chance he has of going to one of the best universities in the country. I think that Damien admires his dad, and that is the reason he inspires to be a better person than him and attend the same university that his dad attended. A small part of Damien, I know, wanted to leave his private school because while he was good enough a player, he was always benched during games, only because he was a freshman. His former teammates concluded that freshmen were bad at the sport, but they were not given the opportunity to defend themselves. If I were Coach Carter’s son, I would not have first left St. Francis before talking to my father about joining his team. But, I have a feeling that leverage was needed in order to persuade Coach Carter into letting his son play and attend Richmond High. Think about it, if you left absolutely no way of turning back if a ‘no’ was given, your father would have let you on his team...
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