team vs. individual sports

I have never really been a fan of team sports. I suppose that’s just my personality. When I was in high school, I played tennis. After high school, I swam to stay fit. Today, I opt for running- all individual sports

When I was VERY young, I was on a basketball team for two years. Lemme tell you, I STUNK. I was 9-10 years old at that time. I was the shortest person on the team. I wore geeky glasses that stayed on my face with a dorky glasses strap. My feet were the only part of my body that had grown, so I tripped over those feet a lot. I was very blessed to have a good coach who put me (along with EVERYONE on the team) in the game at least one or two quarters of the game, but it was pretty rare for my teammates to pass the ball to me- and there was a good reason, because I never scored points. Literally. In those two years, I scored two points- each year, my coach put me in to shoot a free throw on a technical foul, and each year I scored one point from one of those technical-foul-free-throws.

I’m not trying to make you feel sorry for me- just stating the facts. I really stunk back then. Those issues evened out- I had a growth spurt in junior high, I switched to contact lenses, the rest of my body caught up with my feet. I just know that I stunk back then!

Anyway, in the past few months I have been between churches. In September I left a church that I had been a part of for 20 years. I don’t miss that church a bit- there were some major changes that occurred in the last few months that made it clear that I needed to be gone. For the past few weeks I have been visiting a particular church in Kansas City, and this particular church is organizing an adult basketball league for the spring.

Right now, thanks to all the running I’ve been doing in the past few months, I am in the best shape of my life so far. Much as I dislike team sports, I think all sports are a great way to get to know people. So, when I heard they were organizing a basketball league- well, I considered it. I am open to the possibility.

Tonight, I am going to a “practice session” where I will be able to get more information on the league. I still don’t know if I want to join. Meeting a whole bunch of new people is intimidating enough as is. I don’t have a lot of confidence in my basketball abilities. But this could be a good way to meet people. I’ll let you know how it goes!