February 19th, 2020 ~ Vol. 90 No. 7
Simply Selles by David Selles
David Selles
Pass Herald Reporter
This past week, I wrapped up my coaching duties with the Junior High B boys basketball team at CCHS.

While our overall record might not say we had a successful season, I wouldn’t have changed anything over the course of our season.

I was able to help these young kids grow as basketball players and that’s something more than just a record for our season.

When I was first approached about coaching a team, I asked if anyone else was going to be helping me coach.

When I heard the answer was that I’d be the only coach for this team, I felt a little less prepared but once we started our first practice that feeling went away.

The boys were great listeners and made my job pretty easy.

They were respectful and kind to everyone and still showed the competitive fire that they all have.
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This was my first year coaching any sports team and it helped me grow as a person as well.

Not only was I teaching the boys about basketball but they were teaching me as well.

Over the year, our relationships grew and I’m happy to say that by the end of the season, our team was one tight knit group.

Each player made progress over the course of the year.

Everyone’s skill set increased, their knowledge of where to be and what to do increased and I could tell, even when we were losing games, that they were enjoying themselves on the court.

There’s not much more that a coach can ask for other than that.

The thing about playing organized sports in school or any other setting, is that you can learn about life in general while playing.
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During my time as a basketball player throughout school, I learned a lot about life and myself.

It taught me that hard work is needed to get where you want to go.

It gave me a way to learn how to respect my peers and elders.

It showed me how to deal with adversity and it proved to me that when you work hard, you can get rewarded for it.

I hope that these young boys continue to play the sport of basketball and learn all the things I did from it, because if they do, they’ll be rewarded for it just like I was.

I can’t wait to see how these boys grow over the next few years because after the experience I had this year as their coach, I’m excited to continue the journey as their coach as long as I live in the Pass.
February 19th, 2020 ~ Vol. 90 No. 7
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