Play and Basketball

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Shamary D. Mapps
Mrs. Hollaway
English-4
19 September 2012
A Story behind Basketball
Basketball has been a part of my life since I was the tender age of 5. Ever since the day my dad put that round leather sphere into my hands I haven’t been able to get enough of it. To me basketball isn’t just a sport, but an outlet from schoolwork, a basis of enjoyment, a place where I can socialize and obviously a source of exercise. Anytime I start to feel the stress of school and work, I always have basketball as my way of winding down. The moment I step out onto the concrete paved court in my front yard I feel released. Whether it is the swish sound of nothing but net or the rhythmic bounce of the ball when I’m dribbling. Whatever it is, for those 10 or so minutes I’m out there, I feel completely refreshed, and feel that I can take anything on. It’s almost, eerie how much better it makes me feel. But I positively believe that is something in my blood. Both Mum and Dad played, so they’ve rubbed off on me somehow. I play both representative and domestic basketball. Representative is a great deal more competitive and serious than domestic, however I find playing representative much more enjoyable. I guess it’s the fact that I’m playing with girls of the same age as myself, that have the same interests as I do, and are all as serious about basketball as I am. It’s also nice to have that separate group of friends away from the group of friends at school. I sometimes find it easier to talk to my friends at basketball than those from school, I presume it’s because we all spend some much time together, with us training three days and playing twice a week. I don’t really look at basketball as a way of getting exercise, but it is Playing in VC (which is the highest level you can get to in Victoria) you have to be in pretty good shape. Our trainings are very demanding. We run, non-stop, for 2 hours on a Sunday. This keeps our fitness levels up to...
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