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The Kids Are Alright…   2 comments


I helped my brother coach my niece’s youth basketball team on Saturday mornings the past few weeks and it was quite an eye opening experience.  I always thought that in movies where there would be a group of young kids together that the personalities were over the top and typecast (see Kindergarten Cop…seriously, if not to prove my point at least to laugh at the “Who is your daddy and what does he do?” scene), but coaching a small group of kids ages 5 through 7 will teach you otherwise quickly.

Since the kids are so young, there is a range of talent and interest levels that is off the charts.  Over the course of the season, I’ve witnessed things from a young girl picking her nose and wiping it on the court to a young boy telling my brother he wants to be a gang member for Halloween (I was half-tempted to take him to 61st and Cottage Grove so he could trick or treat there and see if he really thought it would be cool to be a gang member, but then I realized only Dave Chappelle can pull that off without getting arrested for child endangerment). 

One kid liked to do the “suck it” sign anytime he scored (tangent here…apparently the “suck it” sign is still relevant?  I remember when wrestling picked up a bit in the late 1990’s and Degeneration X was around and doing that all the time, but has wrestling kept up that well over the years?  Also, how do parents not realize that crossing your arms and banging them around your crotch is probably not something a kindergarten kid should be doing, especially in public?  Even if you don’t know what it means, it just looks bad…).  Another girl seemed more than content to stand at half court and either shoot people with her hand pistol or try to squish their heads between her fingers from a distance (a move I perfected over my 3 years of Little League where I amassed a staggering zero hits and 3 foul tips).  My personal favorite was the young girl who told my brother and me that her Mom was wearing lipstick to try and find a man.  Awkwardly, I responded with, “Good for her,” and moved on to something other than possibly being a new found baby daddy.

Overall, it was a lot of fun and the kids enjoyed themselves.  We even managed to escape the season without any “way too into youth basketball” parents yelling at their kids while videotaping and creating snack lists that consist of orange slices and Power Gel packets.  There is always the winter session, though.

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