Soon will be my 10 year high school reunion. The get-together will be later in spring. First up though is the Alumni Basketball Tourney. I wasn't even decent at basketball during high-school. I played on the Freshman-Sophomore team almost exclusively until I called it quits due to knee pain. I was on the JV squad for a short while but I didn't play more than 60 seconds. I didn't play my senior year because it wasn't worth it for me just to sit on the bench.
After I graduated I had no desire to play in the alumnus games. I wasn't in shape and had other things going on. Plus the guys who did play were from the Varsity squad and I had no idea what plays they ran or how they signaled each other. The previous thought bothered me more so the first few years of the event. I felt like I didn't belong.
Last year was the first time I didn't have college classes/activities going on in the spring. I had been trying to get myself into better shape. I hadn't seen many classmates since our 5 year reunion so I thought I'd give it a shot and play in the tourney. I was able to hang with my classmates and others from my hometown I hadn't seen in years. Some had changed while others hadn't. I had fun.
I didn't play great and we didn't win much. 10 years ago our class was a talented team but we were runners and gunners. Age and being out of shape really hinder that style of play. I was happy that I was able to play. I even scored 6 points in the 3 games. However, even though I was in better shape than previous years, I was still winded and sore as heck.
I look forward to this year's tourney. I'm in better shape. I'm better prepared but that doesn't improve my basketball skills. I just hope I'm not a hindrance during the games. Last year I was bowled over on defense a few times because I wasn't ready. This year, I think I am.