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I cannot really tell you why I did not start earlier Indiana being a huge basketball state and all I mean the movie Hoosiers was based on Indiana basketball and the importance it holds on the small tight knit communities within the state It just seems like it would be natural for me to begin playing organized basketball at an early age but I did not other than the rough and tumble playground ball at recess I began to yearn to play on a real team and soon I would have my chance It was the summer before the sixth grade and I managed to talk my father into purchasing me a basketball and my mother into purchasing the rim We put the rim up onto the shed and I began practicing Every evening I would go out and do shooting drills and also went to basketball camp during the weekdays At camp we practiced dribbling skills and I found that I was quite good at using my left hand to dribble even though I am right handed I also found a knack for the longer distance shot so I practiced that more too Before long it was time for school to begin and my chance to play on a real team was nearing During the sixth grade I played on our schools girls basketball team and became a team leader As a guard plays were made for me and I was given the opportunity to make plays also I felt I was given enough confidence to make things happen on the court and was on my way to a promising stint as a ballplayer During the seventh grade I had a new coach and was not given the support I needed and my confidence caved in I was forced to sit back on the bench and watch as sixth grade girls were brought up to play on my
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