Basketball is a contact sport. Period. In varying degrees of training, I seldom see coaches and athletes work against defensive contact. If an offensive player doesn’t make that first punch though, good luck making it beyond the first round, or first line of defense in basketball terms.
Officials have the thankless job of maintaining the integrity of the game; something that is very important. Yet, the sport community of players, fans, and coaches are not acting in ways that I would consider ‘championship-like’. Here are some key things to remember about Officials.
The scrappy intensity that served as the hallmark of the UConn-Rutgers women’s basketball rivalry demanded some semblance of composure and confidence from its combatants.
Given her lack of consistency during her first two seasons with the Huskies, such demands rendered Lorin Dixon almost a non-factor in these games.
The path to a starting role for the UConn women’s basketball team this season seemed to be clear of any obstacles for junior point guard Lorin Dixon. Starting with the loss of All-American Renee Montgomery to graduation, and coupled with the inexperience of sophomores Tiffany Hayes and Caroline Doty at point guard and the amount of work Dixon put in during the off-season to better herself, she became the favorite to supplant Montgomery.
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Utah State women’s basketball had two student-athletes attend the Point Guard College August 10-14, in Hagerstown, Md. Juniors LeeAnn Palo and Alice Coddington chose to attend the PGC in their off-season free time.
“I am really proud of the initiative these two have taken to be apart of something that will not only impact their success, but our team’s success as well,” USU head coach Raegan Pebley said.
My hope is that you all found and will find value in the PGC Online Training quarterly interviews with college athletes and coaches while you are in the midst of training in order to reach your basketball aspirations. If you missed the interview with Ronald Nored or would like to revisit Ronald’s insightful thoughts, click on any of the links.
My name is Clint Cybulski. I am a freshman attending Brock University and I am a practice player and student Manager for the varsity basketball team. I am about to begin the Top Priorities Challenge on the PGC Online training course.