Day two of President’s Cup is complete. The second I showed my card and scanned my finger at the entrance of ESPN’s Wide World of Sports, I could tell it was game time. The atmosphere was like a heavy current of determination tackling each of the players. Their faces, their body language, their talk, their jitters, their play . . . it was GAME TIME. It was time for them to play their hearts out.
It started at the sound of a horn – and they were off. 6:30pm, 65 degrees . . . and pitch black. The ball took flight – hard and fast, like the bullet of a gun chasing its target. Shouts from both sides of the field . . . blurs of figures sprinting like its the last moment of their lives . . .
FUN: hundreds of smiles and giggles overwhelmed the Wide World of Sports. MOTIVATION: it was time to bring your A-game, and in the games I watched, they BROUGHT IT! DETERMINATION: you could just see it in their eyes, on their faces, their expressions – it was time to FIGHT, to BRING IT, and to BATTLE like it was your LAST GAME! ADRENALINE: a mixture of FUN, MOTIVATION, and DETERMINATION encouraged a cyclone of adrenaline and excitement among the players, coaches, and parents . . . bring it on.
Being a middle school athlete in a high school athlete’s habitat is like being a fish out of water. But sometimes stepping outside your comfort zone is the best thing to do, even if you can’t breathe for a while, even if you feel like you’re suffocating with nervousness and being overwhelmed with fear.High school lacrosse is much more intense than middle school, and just do the math: me + intensity = happiness. I’m sure glad I stepped out of my comfort zone.
Same game, different culture. These girls are fun and awesome to hang out with, but when it’s game time, it’s game time. Picture a whole personality change – from silly to serious. I love it!
Same skills and deficits, different evaluation. Plays I don’t know, offenses I don’t recognize – it always seems to bring out my deficits and what I don’t do as well. But these players and coaches are happy to help and ready another player to fight in these constant intense battles!
I love playing high school lacrosse!!
Zzzzzzzhloooshhhhhzzzzhloooooshhhhhhh… Flying to practice is an interesting experience. Yep, I slept the whole flight.
Lucky for me, I have an awesome aunt who keeps a handy futon for me!
Birds chirping, sky a perfect shade of teal – way to paint the perfect picture for a lacrosse practice… With such a large variety of playing styles and levels, practice was flipped into an action-packed adventure. Sweaty hugs all around.
I still owe the coach a picture of my little sister, Madison…
Yesterday I headed to an OC Storm clinic on attack strategies, pulling me back into my normal lacrosse habits after a long break :P. Can’t wait to get back into playing for a team! Will be playing for my high school (Oviedo) for a fun and challenging fall!
I… am… a… LAX NINJA!! Haaaaiiii-YAHHH! Fear the wrath of my intense lacrosse power as I pull out my frightening lacrosse sticks!
Way to end a Sky Walkers summer season! Every team dressed up as something – we were ninjas, so I used pre-wrap to cover my face… everyone got a kick out of it! Way to be CRAZY! Give the idea to another team!
WARNING :: INCOMING TORNADO SWARMING WITH LACROSSE STICKS! PLEASE TAKE PRECAUTIONS DUE TO THIS NATURAL (or fairly unnatural) DISASTER.
Today, lacrosse practice was cancelled because of an unwanted tornado warning. Always a bummer when practice isn’t on, but hey, good to be safe.
Also, Sharknado 2 is coming out!
Lax camp was a BLAST! Everyone was so nice and there were some really great players there!! The coaches were awesome as well, and playing them in the camper-counselor game was hilarious. The coaches on the sidelines started putting in more campers than counselors on the field about halfway through the game, so there were some 20 of us! It was really funny!
Then we had the talent show…. it started with one of the coaches who rapped about Big Macs, which was incredibly hilarious! Then two girls sang Dynamite by Taio Cruz. After that, two campers danced with their lacrosse sticks, which was really cool! At that point, no one else had signed up, so a bunch of campers that planned to do an act, and decided not to, decided that they should go up and do their acts :). Three girls did a ventriloquist act where one sat on the other and moved her mouth, while the girl sitting underneath moved her arms and did the talking for the “doll” and the last girl asked the questions. She asked silly things like, “so…. what is your grandma’s name?” and because of the lack of synchronization between the two girls answering, it was REALLY funny!! My talent was my blog, so I took a #SELFIE in front of the crowd:
Stick work/tricks were the main focus at this camp, and it was fun to get better and see others improve as well! Every session would start with stick work, whether it be passing using things like behind the back, or doing small tricks like hitting the ball with the side of the stick. Overall, camp was SO MUCH FUN!! Thanks to all who created the bomb that made it a blast!