Tuesday, October 11, 2016

The Journey of a Teenage Athlete

One summer in a little town of Hydesville, Bella and her sister Ashley were playing in the driveway. It was about midday, the sun was shining and their parents were at work, leaving the two at home with their babysitter Stephanie.The girls had a bond that nobody could break, especially because they were so close in age only being fifteen months apart. Bella is the oldest, but looks young because she is short with big brown eyes and thick brown hair, Ashley on the other hand was a little taller and had blue eyes and thin blonde hair, which made everyone think she was older. Bella never really looked like an athlete, but running was her favorite hobby to do on nice days and to be outside. Bella has been playing sports ever since she was in kindergarten, she loved basketball. Suddenly, after nine years of playing her favorite sport, something unexpected occurred.  

Bella had a midlife crisis at the age of sixteen and decided she was done playing basketball, she didn’t feel she was good enough to be on the varsity high school team as a junior and even her friends would make fun of her because of how short she was and thought she wouldn’t make the team. Bella’s mom was very mad at her for not playing and questioned what she would do with her life. One of Bella’s closest friends Amy tried to talk her into playing soccer. Bella laughed and thought her friend was crazy because she had never even touched a soccer ball before or let alone ever watched a game. After weeks and weeks of convincing Bella, she agreed to play for a spring league. Bella was really nervous to meet the new coach and be at a practice for a sport she had no clue what to do. The coach was a little unsure on Bella’s skill level to be playing with girls who were at a much higher level, but with her fast speed he really encouraged her.

After practice and practice everyday for weeks, she had her first game, the coach put her in right away, but Bella was confused because she didn’t know what the whistles meant or what to do. Luckily with the help of her teammates she was able to do her part on the field, and started understanding how to play. After playing more and more, she finally started to understand the game. The coach explained to her that she would need to practice everyday even at home to get more touches on the ball in order to get better but he had complete faith in her and hoped she would try out for the high school team. Bella was really unsure on that idea, due to never playing before, she didn’t want to embarrass herself, but when the time came she decided to give it shot and luckily she made it. She spent the season doing little drills that would have been done at the age of five but it was all to help her footwork and learn to kick the ball farther and farther. She got to know some of her best friends and they also helped her play. Bella didn’t see much playing time at all during the season but she understood why, she was just determined to keep practicing for her senior year. As time went on during off-season she would go to the park with her friends to kick the ball around and go running until it was time for season again. After all the hard work, but still putting in effort everyday, Bella is now a starter for the high school team and gets a lot of playing time. She learned a lot from her journey especially to never be afraid of trying new things. Bella also expressed that putting your mind to something and always trying your hardest will lead you to accomplish your goals.

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