Dear Hope: I Dream Basketball!


Dear Hope,

Next year I will be a sophomore and I want to be on the basketball team.  I tried out this year and did not make it.  I know I’m a little out of shape, but I still want to be on the team so bad.  I love basketball, I dream basketball.  What can I do this summer to prepare for the tryouts? 

–       Jordan wannabe

Dear Jordan Wannabe,

If you want to be ready for the tryouts next year then you need to put in the work.  You said you’re a little out of shape, well if basketball is your passion, take this summer to get into shape. Eating healthy and regular exercise is important.  By the end of the summer you will feel stronger and be ready for the season.

Look for a basketball camp you can go to.  There are basketball camps all over and most offer scholarships if needed.  Also you can check out your local YMCA or community centers. A lot of times they offer camps at a lower price or for free.

If you cannot go to a basketball camp, make a workout plan for yourself.  Try running at least 2-3 times a week and do basketball drills.

Get some friends together for a summer basketball tournament.

Don’t give up! If this is your goal you can work on achieving it. Remember, working on our passions and goals is great, but don’t overdo it.  Don’t go on some crazy diet or overdo the workouts.  Make sure to take some time this summer for fun, hanging out with friends and sleeping in.


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