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Coach Marx vs. Coach Smith

2nd Place, Good Job Girls!

2nd Place, Good Job Girls!

The Economic Philosophy of Basketball: What’s more important? Letting everyone play or winning? Capitalism encourages competition and promotes the good of the individual over the good of the whole. Socialism values the good of the whole over the good of the individual. But often what’s best for the whole and the individual are the same.

Coach Hollow laying down the law

Coach Hollow laying down the law

Sportsmanship: Last November Ava wanted to play basketball, but Sno-King Sports had no coach. I put my name in, and Grace’s friend’s dad (coach Hollow) also volunteered. Ava and others had never played and lacked Basketball IQ. No surprise. Thus three goals: 1) fun 2) learn the game 3) sportsmanship. Winning did not seem as important. We first battled the Purple Flames, went down 14-2 at half (See Female Superiority, Girls Basketball Style) on the way to a loss. We then beat the hapless Fireworks, and preceded to get clobbered, 29-6, by the Killers.

Hornets 10-24 Purple Flames  Loss
Hornets 22-10 Fireworks  Win
Hornets 6-29 Killers 29  Loss
Hornets 26-10 Purple Flames  Win
Hornets 22-8 Fireworks  Win
Hornets 17-15 Killers  Win
Hornets 24-10 Purple Flames  Win
Hornets 16-9 Fireworks  Win
Playoffs
Hornets 20-18 Purple Flames  Win
Hornets 20-25 Killers  Loss
Final: 7-3 2nd Place

Ferry to Whidbey

Ferry to Whidbey

Coach Marx:  How can every girl have equal fun? Sitting on the bench is not fun. Neither is losing.

“From each according to her ability, to each according to her need.” – Karl Marx:  The rules state every girl must play one full quarter and sit one full quarter. To play the stronger girls three quarters and weaker girls one would increase chances of winning. But this Catch-22 would hurt the weaker girls, who need playing time to improve. In the same vein, girls with poor ball handling skills need to handle the ball to improve.

Happy Birthday Kaya!

Happy Birthday Kaya!

Coach Smith:  Losing to the Killers, down 22-2 going into the fourth quarter, was not so fun. The Killers had not lost in three years, and their girls had mostly played together. On our team, we had a few “walking turnovers,” and went long stretches without a shot. This had to change. As fun as socialism might be, it was no fun losing 29-6, especially when our girls could compete. The good of the whole had been compromised.

Aunt Min and cousins arrive

Aunt Min and cousins arrive

“No society can surely be flourishing and happy, of which the far greater part of the members are poor and miserable.” – Adam Smith:  Letting everyone play and handle the ball equally led to the suffering of the team. No more Mr. Nice Coach. Coach Hollow and I changed tactics. All girls had great attitudes, but some had more aggressiveness and skills. They would get more responsibility. We beat the Purple Hornets, beat the Fireworks, and every girl played at least two quarters, a happy marriage of capitalism and socialism.

Then we played the Killers. Team defense and stronger girls handling and shooting the ball gave us a chance to win in the fourth quarter. With three minutes to go in a close game, though, for the first time, we substituted girls who had not played two complete quarters. And we won, 17-15.

Cousins Orion, Damien, Satori

Cousins Orion, Damien, Satori

Socialism for practice. Capitalism for the game:  We continued our philosophy, adding winning as a goal. If you try your best and lose, this cannot be helped, and you can still learn. But losing without maximum effort is neither fun nor productive. In practice all girls got equal attention, not only that, but the weaker girls got extra attention.

The Championship:  In the final game the Killers did not underestimate us, and won, 25-20. But our girls did their best. The lessons:  Sports combines fairness, competition, and character; looking out for teammates, effort, improvement, and trying to win. Socialism and capitalism do not have to be at antipodes, for the good of the whole and the individual combines sharing and competition.

Sister/Aunt Min Cousins/Nephews/Niece arrive for a week before returning to Hawaii:

Orion & Ava - 9, Damien & Gia - 7, Kaya & Satori - 5

Cousins:  Orion & Ava – 9, Damien & Gia – 7, Kaya & Satori – 5

 

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Female Superiority, Girls Basketball Style

Basketball

Basketball

Hornets

Hornets

Pass to Me!  I am coaching Ava’s Third Grade basketball team. After the first practice their concept of the game seemed to be dribble around, if you got close to the basket you shot, and when you didn’t have the ball you were supposed to cry “Pass” or “Pass to me.” Our favorite play was the “dribble until someone takes the ball or you lose it” play.

The Hornets Celebrating a Win

The Hornets Celebrating a Win

Girl-to-Girl “D”:  As far as defense, they get the gist, but it’s taken me a while to lose the habit of saying “man” as in “stay between your man and the basket.” Every time I say “man” a girl quickly corrects my sexist habit. It’s “OK, girls, stay on your girl!” And if that’s odd, why’s it man-to-man, even with boys, but not woman-to-woman?

A Bulldog & a Hornet

A Bulldog & a Hornet

Quick Learners:  However, because girls belong to the superior sex, they learn quicker and have better attitudes. We started off the season with a 24-10 loss to the Purple Flames, and the second time we played them we turned it around and won, 26-10. Sniff, sniff, I’m so proud of them.

Three Little Indians

Three Little Indians on a Sunny January Day

The “I’m sick” schtick:  Universal conundrum in the vein of “crying wolf.” Gia (a Bulldog basketballer) has been using the “I’m sick” schtick lately. Kaya’s learning, too. As soon as they have to do chores, homework, take long rides, or wake up in the morning, they don’t feel too good. Play dates with friends, though, guarantee a quick recovery.

Two Winter Contrasts:  The girls on the sled and the girls on the deck happened weeks apart. It was about 40 degrees on the deck, though.

Neighbor Jake and the Girls

Neighbor Jake and the Girls

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