Playing basketball with the Lady Titans has changed my life…
Cori Smith 5th Grade
Playing basketball with the Lady Titans has changed my life in many ways. For one I have more friends and get even more when new people join. I get to travel with my team. I get to play against other teams and see how they play. I learn new things like teamwork and leadership. Other things I learned are new plays, how to play correct defense and dribbling between the legs different passes, and behind the back. Yea I know that I’m not always going to get it right but all I have to do is practice try and give my best effort. I always tell myself “when you start something you have to finish it” Think of it like this, if you’re playing a basketball game and you are down by twenty points and it is half time you can’t give up. You give the game all your power. Think of it like you’re twenty points ahead instead and who knows you just might end up winning. You have to believe in yourself that’s all you need to be a winner.
- By Cori Smith 5th Grade June 2013
How Being A Part Of The Lady Titans Family Has Changed My Life
By Emma Miller June 2013 6th Grade
The first time that I stepped into the Teaneck Recreation Center for an AAU tryout, my life was changed forever. Being apart of the Lady Titans family has been an amazing experience that I have gotten many lessons out of so far, and will hopefully continue to be given.
When I came to tryouts that day, I met a friendly man that everyone called “Coach Bernie.” From that day forward, he was Coach Bernie to me, too. Also, I met Coach Haroon, Coach Ashley, and Coach Raina. These four amazing people have helped me work on my game, and also, helped me work on life.
When I went into the middle of the circle where every new girl introduced their names, I was lectured with a list of rules to “not break or we will run.” Such as, not saying “can’t”, not leaning on the walls, NEVER walking, and always having a positive attitude. I had not been used to that kind of competiveness, coming from a recreational team in my town. Although, I quickly adjusted, and worked hard.
From tournaments on the weekends, to fundraising for even more tournaments, I was accepted into the Titans family. This meant looking out for each and every girl, checking up on them if they got hurt, and also, being there for them if they needed a helping hand.
In general, I believe that basketball has taught me to be able to cooperate with a team, make friends, and work hard until the very end. Also, these life lessons helped me do well in school and deal with friend conflicts outside of the basketball world. There is no “I” in team, and that lesson was probably one of the most important, meaning that there is nothing that I can do without my team. From running, to water breaks, the Titans travel in one big pack, never alone.
As for the skill part of the Lady Titans, I have gone from an “okay” player, to a very good one in the past year and a half of working with this amazing team. It has taken blood, sweat, and tears, but as an individual, I have become a lot better, helping my team be able to improve. Something that has been key to helping me succeed in my basketball career with the Lady Titans is the attention given at each and every practice from the coaches to try to make you the best player that you can possibly be.
When the team put their hands in and did their cheer after the tryout… “On three teamwork, six hard work, nine titans…” I figured out that this team was the one for me. Luckily, I was right, and I have had such a great experience that no matter how long I play basketball for, I will never forget.
By Emma Miller June 2013 6th Grade
The Titans Changed My Life
Maya Watson 4th Grade Spring 2013
Playing basketball with The Lady Titans has changed my life in many different ways. The Lady Titans is a basketball team for girls in third grade through high school that practices and competes all year round.
I started with T.Y.B (Teaneck Youth Basketball) for a year, but in the middle 2011 I wanted to see what the Lady Titans was, so I went to practice. Thirty minutes later my eyes were pouring tears. I did not know they make you run three to ten laps, and back then I could only run two laps, I so stayed with T.Y.B for the rest of the year. I thought I got better with T.Y.B and challenged myself to try out with The Lady Titans. At the practice, I couldn’t believe it, but I did it. I loved it, and I was so proud of myself. After a whole year of being a scaredy-cat, I actually made the team!
Since being on the Titans I’ve developed my physical strength by doing push-ups, jumping jacks, other exercises, and lots of running. (Coach Bernie and Coach Harun keep telling us, “What kind of a game is basketball? A running game!”) I also developed my sportsmanship by not bragging or calling someone a loser. Plus I started supporting the older girls’ team by saying “good luck” and cheering for them at their games like “We’re blue and white and out of sight” and “We’re black and white, we’re dynamite, and you’re going to watch us rock tonight.”
Our coaches have us remember some special words of encouragement that we repeat at every practice. One is “CALI,” which stands for Communication, Attitude, Leadership, and Intensity! Also, we never say “can’t” because we can always find a way do what we want if we try.
Playing basketball with the Titans is an honor to me. We love all our coaches—Coach Bernie, Coach Harun, Coach Raina, Coach Ashley, and Coach Chuck—even when they are very strict. I will always try my hardest for the Titans.
— by Maya Watson 4th Grade June 2013