“5”

What is the opportunity cost?

There is Danny, the 6th grader who has the athletic motivation of a high school student.

There is Sam, the 6th grader who’s complaints and whining pierces the windy night.

Danny gets it. No one becomes better basketball players without practice. So he’s not afraid of the challenge.

Sam is timid. “No” might be his favorite word. 

From the 1 hour and 20 min coaching tonight, I drilled Sam for 1 hour.

So the objective was to make 5 consecutive shots in one spot with proper shooting form.

  • He must use the backboard.
  • I would not let him leave until he completed his task.

As the sun set, shot after shot, I have never been so redundant as I was tonight.

 
“Focus”. “Focus”. “Nope you’re not focusing”. “Slow down”. “Don’t hurry”. “Focus”. “1”. “2”. “1”. “1”. “Focus”. “You’re rushing”. “Let me show you”. “1,2,3,4”. “1”. “Focus”. “Now, you’re not focusing”. “If you can make 1 you can make 2”. “If you can make 4 you can make 5”. “1”. Danny in the background: “Oh my hahhahaha CMONNN”. “Danny, don’t say that, it’s not going to help”. “1”. “1”. “1,2,3,4”. “1”. “Don’t give up, you can do it”. “There you go”. “1,2”. “Ah, Cmon, focus”.

Sam’s redundancy: “Ah, cmon. I don’t want to do this anymore”. “I will never do this again”. “I don’t want to”. “Can’t Danny just go?” “Oh my! I made 4, why do I have to do 5?” “It’s always the 5th one”. “NOOOOOO”. “CMON”. “Can I do granny shot?” “AHHH” “4! (Slams ball on the ground).

Finally, came the rewarding moment.

“1,2,3,4”. “Okay, now Sam, really focus. You can do this”.