Hi Eagles! Basketball season has finally finished. Great job to everyone who participated in the 2020 basketball team!

In this blog, I’ll talk about my basketball experience in JH. I was in the JH junior girl’s basketball team. I’m an international student from Japan and this is my first year attending a Canadian public school. I had already planned to join the basketball team at JH before I came to Canada because I used to play basketball when I was in junior high school in Japan for 3 years and I wanted to have a community where I can make friends and have the opportunity to speak English. I was looking forward to the basketball season as soon as school started.

Before I could join the basketball team, I had try out days for two days. The coaches came and observed our basketball skills. Everyone could join try out days, but once try out days are finished, the coaches cut off people in order to manage our basketball skills certainly.

Fortunately, I made it on the team. We started practicing 3-4 weeks after we had try out day. The practices were not difficult for me because I was getting used to practicing in Japan. We only had practice 3 times a week and for 2 hours each. Back in Japan, I used to have practice 5 times a week, including Saturday and Sunday, and they would be around 3-4 hours each. That was hard and I wanted to quit many times but because of many wonderful teammates, I stayed on the basketball team for 3 years, which was my whole junior high school life.

I found several differences between Japan and Canada about basketball teams. First, as I mentioned above, the amount of practices are different. In Canada, they have many breaks and everyone is chill and talking to someone or using their phone. They don’t practice much skills and systematically as well as Japan. To be honest, if they want to become better basketball players, they need more high quality practice. They need to listen to others, coaches, take action quickly and not have many rests. The first practice, I was surprised that they took rest continuously even though I didn’t feel tired. I felt we could focus more  on gaining strength and stamina at practice instead of resting so much. One thing that I was impressed by, however, is how everyone enjoyed basketball and the community. Everyone respected each other and admitted to each other’s values. When I played basketball in Japan, we were more likely to focus more on individual skills. Of course, we were happy when we won the game, but our team had too many players to play on the court. So even when the team won the game, we had an empty feeling somewhere because we didn’t contribute the real factor of winning the game. On the other hand, in Canada, coaches told us that everyone has different values and strengths. Even people who didn’t get enough time to play on the court knew their value and were proud of themselves. I was empathetic to their policy. I love and respect that they think that we win a game as a team, not individually. I felt that it was very important to know my own values.