Written By Nia M.
A glue stick represents my experience with flag football because even though there were times when I wanted to give up when I was on the team, I stuck with it and continued playing during my sophomore year. And even though I wasn’t a player this year, I was still apart of the team as team manager.
After having an undefeated season and winning the championship last year, I knew that I didn’t want to continue to play for my junior and senior year. But, when I saw my friends join the team and go to every practice, it made me miss the team and doing the workouts.
After my doctor signed my physical form, I started practicing for a week, but I felt that I was forcing myself to play. So before practice, I decided to write a list of pro and cons of playing flag football. When I finished, I reviewed my notes and I noticed that most of the things I wrote were negative. My parents and friends were all supportive of my decision, but I was nervous to tell Coach Black because I thought that he would be mad at me.
But when I told him, he understood and he asked what I thought about being the team manager and I said yeah I would do it since I’d still be a part of the team. I went to all of their games, I stayed at almost all of their practices, I stayed at most of their film reviews, and I got ice for the girls when they were hurt. Also, I assisted Coach Black when he needed me to hold his belongings or go to his car for him. I plan to continue to be the team manager for my senior year and continue to support the girls.
During my sophomore year, I was really excited about joining the flag football team before the season started because it seemed fun and I wanted to try something new and different. But as soon as the season started, I felt like I couldn’t catch up with my positions and I started slacking on my school work from having long, tiring practices.
But, I decided that I should continue to stick with it since we were already halfway through the season and I didn’t want to let the team down. As I finished the season, I learned that I shouldn’t force myself to do something that I don’t want to do, but I’m glad I stuck with it.