The Importance Of Try-Out In Sports

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I had always played in middle school, but when I started high school, I quit basketball to row crew year-round. I loved crew, making new friends at a new school. Unfortunately, in my sophomore year, the team began to crumble as coaches were being replaced. Thus, I decided to join the basketball team for the winter season, taking a break from crew. I was anxious joining the basketball team. I had not played since eighth grade, and even then I was no star player. My fear was furthered when I saw the roster; the girls on the team were already a group of friends, one that I was not a part of, and they had all been on the team the previous year. Nevertheless, I was determined to go to try-outs. To clarify, try-outs are not meant for the coaches to decide which athletes to allow on the team and which to cut. Try-outs are meant to give the potential players the chance to see what practice will be like, as everyone is guaranteed a spot on the team, being that my high school is somewhat small. The coaches do, however, determine which players to place on the varsity team and which to leave on the junior varsity team. I went to try-outs on the first day, forgetting my good sneakers and having to use my other sneakers, a ten-dollar pair from Wal-Mart that I used solely for gym class. I knew it was …show more content…
She told me I needed real basketball sneakers, which needed to provide ankle support as well as more grip than what my sneakers had. I could not afford to buy new basketball sneakers at the time, as they are quite expensive. However, one of the girls, Kate, who had been fairly quiet until this point, overheard the conversation. She offered me her old shoes, telling me she was going to get new ones later that day anyway. Her old shoes were quite obviously old, stretched out and scuffed up, but fit perfectly. Her kindness made me finally feel like a welcome member of the

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