I have been wanting to introduce Caleb to wheelchair basketball for quite awhile. I've known about a local team for quite awhile but you have to be six years old to play. I've been slow in taking Caleb to watch the team practice because it is at 8:30 every Saturday morning, and it is a 45 minute drive from our house. The selfish side of me has wanted to keep our Saturday mornings laid back and lazy because it is the only day of the week that I don't typically set an alarm. But I really wanted to introduce Caleb to wheelchair basketball because I think it would be really good for him and I'm convinced that he will like it. So, I set my alarm yesterday morning and we took Caleb to watch a practice.
There are quite a few kids on the team. Different ages. There are 2 other kids that we know through the local SB chapter that are Caleb's age. Caleb was a bit reserved at first. Hesitant to join in, but very interested at the same time. The coach kept coming over to Caleb and asking him to join the other players but he just wanted to watch.
The team practices for about 2 hours and they really work hard during that time. I was impressed by how organized it was and how the coach really kept them in line. She challenged them but they were having fun at the same time. It looked like fun to Glenn and I too. I wanted to get a chair and join in! Oh, and a few of the kids had sports chairs and they are AWESOME!
After watching for quite awhile, Caleb's curiosity got the best of him and he had to get involved.
Of course, Caleb picks the pretty girl to practice with :).
Despite his uncertainty, Caleb enjoyed it and didn't want to leave when the practice was over. We stayed for a few minutes to watch the older kids (teenagers) play and they are GOOD. They actually travel and compete across the country. Wow, I was so impressed. How they dribble a basketball AND push a wheelchair is beyond me.
So, we will definitely take Caleb again next weekend. I think there are a lot of really good skills he can learn and I think it will boost his confidence even more. I guess my alarm free Saturdays are over...but that's okay, it is totally worth it.
(I'll try to get better pictures and maybe some video next week...my camera died on me)