Posts Tagged ‘Training’


In basketball every team needs teamwork to win championships. One player can’t win by him or herself. They need the team ti help. My coach had a saying that a fist makes a team and the fingers make up the players. You you make  fist, no team can break it apart because of how much chemistry you have. Also being a selfish player will never bring you far in life. You want to share the ball with your teammates. Think of others as yourself, like treat them like a team instead of yourself.

In a samurai movie, the villagers were being attacked by barbarians. They stood together like a fist and built walls to protect themselves and prepared for the worst. They cooperated with each other and the end they fought off the invaders. Even during harvest season, the village, mostly girls worked with each other to pick up all the wheat from the ground. Here is a video of top 10 teamwork plays of 2009.











In basketball you always want to prepare ahead of time because you don’t know what team you are going to face. Even though you might have played a team previously and won, you still need to prepare in order to have the right mindset. Preparing before a game doesn’t mean a day before, it means that you prepare while you are at practice a week in advance. There are many ways to prepare for your opponent. For example, listening to your coach, knowing all your plays, going hard, and always focusing. Additionally, you should be reviewing all the plays with your teammates daily, so that everyone knows their role come game day. Besides the on court preparation, any athlete should also eat healthy things that will give them energy for the next day. These foods include high protein and carbohydrate contents such as, bananas, eggs, spaghetti, pasta, fruits, and vegetables. By doing all these things before your next game, you will see a difference in your performance in any sport.

Not only you need to prepare for a basketball game, but also you need to prepare before a test. A week before winter break, we had an English test and that we had to prepare for because it was going to be very difficult. Our test was on Tale of Two Cities. Obviously, we had to prepare for this test week before because we needed to read the book and take thorough notes. Each day I would re-read as much as possible, while taking extensive notes, and then going over my notes continuously. This approach to a difficult exam could be applied to any situation in life. In life you need to prepare for many things, for example weeding days, going to college, getting a job, etc. If you prepare many months before you will be more likely to succeed in your endeavors.



For my basketball team, rebounding basically  makes our team lose. We have some tall guys, but they don’t rebound. You can see a difference if your team does not rebound. Rebounding is so critical because If you get defensive rebound, you are preventing the other team to get a second time to score. If you get an offensive rebound, you are making your team get a second chance to score.

To get a rebound you need to box out. There is a video at the bottom if you don’t know how to box out correctly. This is critical because, If you don’t your opponents will have a second chance to score, which you don’t want. Secondly, you need to be very aggressive when you go up to get the rebound because from every angles, there will be people slapping the ball. You need hold the ball really tight and hold it up to your chin.

In Tale of Two Cities, when the women march down to Versailles, to get bread, they are very aggressive. They do anything they can to get bread and in fact they went inside the royal house and killed the guards. You need to be that aggressive when you get a rebound, but just don’t kill people for it.


In basketball you need to be aware of whats happening on the court. As I said previously in my other blog post, you need to analyze the opposing team. If you are not aware, then you will most likely cause many turnovers which will make your team lose. Today I had a basketball game against Trabuco Hills High School. Unfortunately we lost because our team wasn’t aware of their surroundings and we literally gave the ball to the other team to score. We caused many turnovers in the game, we gave up many rebounds, and we didn’t hustle. You always want to keep your head up and see you teammates weaknesses. Lastly, my coach always says, “Play Smart.”

Relating this to a book called Tale of Two Cities, you need to be aware of whats happening in the book because this book is really challenging to read. You can’t doze off because you will not know whats happening in the book. You need to concentrate and focus to understand the book.


In basketball everyone has a role to do for example a play everyone has a role to do to make the show really good. The coach gives everyone a number from 1 to 5, and usually the one is point guard. His role is to pass the ball and maybe shoot threes if he can shoot. The two and the three man are the shooters, they are basically shooting and pump-faking to drive-in. The four and five man are usually big man and post up to score. These five members have a role to do and they have to abide to it. Each member is giving something to their team for example the have to do what their position is meant for. In my basketball team, if we don’t do what we are suppose to do, the coach right away takes us out. (more…)


As I realized when playing basketball, we had a teammate that always supported us and was always ready to play. This made our team more energetic and excited to practice. We played a lot better and we made less mistakes than usual. Then one day he was absent and our whole team basically fell apart. We didn’t talk and made many mistakes which made us run more. As you can see, one person can make a difference in a team and even in the world