Even if I would have been good enough to play for Memorial University men’s basketball team, I’d have to decline the offer based on the team’s practices schedule this semester.
Coach Peter Benoite tells me the Sea-Hawks are holding 6:45 workouts these days.
That’s 6:45 a.m.!
Are you kidding me?
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I have no idea what the world looks like at that time of morning, and I don’t want to know.
The MUN coach said he isn’t sure if the early-morning workouts will last all season.
“We’ll reassess after the first semester,” Benoite said.
Here’s how Benoite explains the reason behind switching practice nights to mornings.
“Basically, we were having trouble with our practice times in the evenings. We had a couple 5-7 p.m practices and they are tough times as some guys have class until 5 p.m. And some days, guys have class afterwards, so guys are coming late and leaving early, and it interrupts the flow of practice,” he said.
“We also had three guys with a Thursday class during our evening practice, and they would have to miss them if we stayed evenings.
“So,” he went on, “we had a team meeting about our practice times to come up with some alternatives.”
As a result, the Sea-Hawks decided to give the mornings a try. The players figured it would give them a lot more time to study the rest of the day.
Benoite said the team has been going by that schedule for a couple of months now.
“It was certainly a challenge to start,” he admitted. “Not all the guys are morning guys, so it was tough at first.
“But now, once we get going, it seems like we are getting good energy and effort. It’s also nice to have the rest of your day not having to worry about practice.”
Benote said what he really likes about the early-morning hours is, “We’re in the gym without any distractions and we’re able to put good work in.”
To be honest, early morning practices wouldn’t have been my only problem with school sports.
I did try out for the St. Pat’s junior high basketball team, but there were some obvious flaws in my game.
Not counting the fact I was small, I also couldn’t rebound or dribble the ball with my head up. That led to frustration because, oddly enough, that’s what you have to do to play the game.
What was I thinking?
After about five minutes, I figured out I wasn’t even close to the standard of play, so I hip checked a guy into the bleachers and heard those melodious words from the coach that I still recall today: “Browne, this isn’t bloody hockey. Get off the court and don’t come back!”
I felt more relief than anything.
Consistency was a term most often used to describe my school sports history as I went on to be cut from Brother Rice High School soccer and hockey teams after one practice, as well.
Hey, I’m not saying I was a total loser. I was elected to the student council two years running.
OK, that’s just sad.
But we never had any 6:45 a.m. meetings.