Here is the first game in pictures:
Starting with a prayer-
Macie graciously volunteers to sit out the first quarter-
Riley realizes she is a good 4 inches taller than anyone else on the other team and really starts to do some damage-
Macie gets subbed in for the second quarter-
Macie plays for about thirty seconds and then goes running off the court in tears-
Todd quickly sends someone in for Mace and can't convince her to go in the rest of the game-
Riley scores a lot (and even does two lay-ups after much sideline yelling from mom)-
Todd's aggressive coaching style (no yelling, but he will point you in the right direction if you start heading for the other team's basket)-
They had their second Upward game last Saturday and Todd knew they would only have five players. I could see that Macie would have the same problem, so I convinced Todd to call a girl from another team to play with us. Sure enough, Macie went in twice and came out crying twice. Todd gave up and let the other girl play. After the score was about 36-2 the other coach realized what was happening and MADE Todd play Macie. She probably spent equal time on the court as she did hugging Todd's leg, but she eventually started running up and down the court. She played some awesome defense, but she is so worried that she isn't doing the right thing that it is painful. After being forced to play she said she liked it and will even willingly play next game. We will see.
She played last year and was fine. Maybe having Dad be the coach was a bad idea.