This year, there was a new Junior Jazz league, an all-girls league, for 5th-7th graders. Lily is in 5th grade, so I signed her up for it because last year she watched Amara play and wished aloud that she could go out and play too, even though she was adamant that she didn't want to play when sign-ups took place. So, this year, I required her to play for P.E. credit for homeschool. I'm glad she did play, even though she got nervous before games, she learned a lot, and by the end of her season, she understood how to play and wanted to play more often. She even begged us to play it as a family.
Lily's coach, Jerusha Riser, was so sweet and amazing, and she happened to be my mom's neighbor. She was always so upbeat and positive, and she was really good at instructing the girls on the rules at their practices. They only had 2 practices at the beginning of the season, and then they began the games. Since this league was so new, there were only 4 teams, so we got to play each team twice, I believe. In this league, they play with pretty much all the rules, including steals, fouls, and free throws, and they had 2 refs at each game.
|Lily and her coach.|