Wednesday, September 24, 2008

The Next Michael Phelps?


Our team has been training hard for three weeks so we decided to go to the pool for a recovery day, or so we thought.

If any of you have ever seen basketball players swim you will realize that most aren't as perfectly proportioned as Michael Phelps. There are a couple of safety points before you conduct this workout.

1) Have extra life guards on hand- Most basketball players have not learned one of nature's survival instincts. Therefore, life guards ARE necessary. (Janette Jackson-gripping the side of the pool)

2) Supply floating devices for the workout, not just for safety- Most basketball players don't float as well and tend to sink. (Alyssa McGuinnis-throwing her booey, stroke, throwing her booey, stroke)

3) Throw away the goggles- Basketball players refuse to put their head in the water anyway. (Erica Perry-all about the CAP)

4) Keep the media out! You don't want to see these facial expressions on the front page of the sports section. (Jamie Thornton's version of the butterfly, ouch)

5) Don't Teach Technique-Basketball players don't know what a breaststroke is anyway and burn more calories trying to figure it out.

You know it's been a productive day when Katie Bussey says "I will do as many 200m sprints as you want just as long as I don't have to do another pool workout again!"

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Wednesday, September 17, 2008

Down Under


Rebecca Mercer, one of our graduates of last season is now playing professionally back home for the WNBL Perth Lynx. Having spent two seasons in Australia myself I know from experience that this is a very competitive league. http://www.wnbl.com.au/index.php?id=565

Good luck Becca. We will be tracking your stats and pray that you don't have to wear the "unitards"! Actually Becca loves the unitard and I will admit they are quite comfortable.

If anyone is heading Down Under to watch a game make sure to grab a meat pie or catch the fresh seafood while you are there. Please avoid the Vegemite!

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Friday, September 12, 2008

TEAM PICTURES CAN BE HAZARDOUS TO YOUR HEALTH

Most people think it's harmless to take pictures. That's if you don't take them in front of a Bobcat Head with SMOKE coming out (Thank you Scott Boyd a.k.a Smoke Man). I can't wait to see the proofs of our players COUGHING!

My family and I showed up to picture night with the amusement of figuring out who was who after they added the make up and left their hair down. This year we even had a player, Alyssa McGuinnis show her Bobcat Pride with blue and gold hair. Now we just need the blue and gold mouthguards!

Like always, this night did not lack entertainment. It began with my son and assistant coach's daughter showing a little too much PDA. Although my son is only four and Camryn is one I still think she was making the first move with her long gripping hugs. I've got my eye on you Camryn. Ha!

Then we went on to watching our players try and be serious for the poster. Beginning with Mara's "Zoolander" cheeks to Anne's confused grin, hopefully we will look tougher on the court.

I look forward to seeing the proofs and counting all the blinks at the inopportune time. I just hope our lungs weren't hindered as we have a big day of conditioning in store tomorrow.

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Thursday, September 4, 2008

CHEMISTRY

We kicked off the 2008-09 Season with a team dinner at my house Monday evening. As always, we eat a lot of food, some go back for seconds, and the seniors steal the leftovers!

This year the team also played an entertaining version of "SPOONS." Instead of your traditional competition, our team decided to make it an obstacle course. The first person to get the spoon on top of the STAIRS would be declared the winner.

What I didn't tell you is that our players began the first game fairly casually jogging up the stairs one by one. By the last game we had to put the lamp on the floor, watch players hurdle our sofa, pray the blinds and railing didn't bust, and bring out the "Lightning McQueen" bandaids for all of the injuries.

The evening was a blast, and this group has established itself once again as a cohesive team that will compete at anything and everything.

What they don't know, however, is that after watching them play spoons, I have written up a new BOX OUT DRILL for the season.

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