Thursday, March 31, 2022

Numbers game - 3.31 #sol22 Story Challenge

On the last of 31 consecutive days of writing, I coached a high-school Ultimate Frisbee team in our first game this spring. After at least 3 weather-related postponements, we all felt excited to be outside finally, with sunshine and temperatures in the 60's. In attendance were 9 players, fewer than expected from a roster of about 20. These are all 9th- and 10th-graders as older, more experienced teammates were playing with a higher-level group. For the record, our numbers were bolstered by 4 family members and 1 dog cheering from the sideline. In an official game of ultimate, 7 players take the field at a time, with the object being to score a goal by completing a pass to a teammate in the end zone. Our opponents today managed that with relative ease while we struggled to complete many passes at all. Final score, 13-0. While that result indicated our tactics were often at 6s and 7s, the players never seemed daunted by the score, their enthusiasm unflagging. Now I've got roughly 19 hours until I reunite with the team, and I'm pondering which 1 or 2 of a 1,000,000 things we should focus on during tomorrow's practice. In the back of my mind, I'm also musing how 11 months might pass until I write my next slice, marveling at how much can happen over such an interval, how much already has since March 31, 2021.

Sending my gratitude to the 2 Writing Teachers site and its leaders for hosting this 15th Story Challenge and my congratulations to the warm, supportive writers -- too numerous to count -- for participating throughout March.


6 comments:

  1. Well, I'm glad you had warmer weather, and that the players were undaunted by that score. Coaching an ultimate frisbee teams seems like it would be fun, rather different than teaching English. It has been so refreshing reconnecting with you again! (This summer marks 20 years since that summer institute.) I do look forward to hearing what will have transpired 11 months from now. My very best to you Brian.

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  2. I didn't know there was such a thing as Ultimate Frisbee. I like your numbers approach to writing this slice. I'll be popping back in to read more, 24 hours in the day and not enough time to read.

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  3. I have enjoyed spending the month following your energy. Thanks for stopping by with encouraging comments. Looking forward to catching up next year.

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  4. Brian, your last slice honors both mathematical numbers and the magic of words combination. I learned a little more about your life through the lens of another sport. Congratulations on your writing streak and the variety of thoughts you had. See you at the Tuesday Slice of Life.

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  5. I think 11 months will not pass before your next slice...hope you will be there on Tuesday. I enjoyed the way you wove your numbers in to tell your story.

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  6. Oh your poor team! And I loved the dog cheering from the sidelines. Stop in on Tuesdays when you can! I looked forward to reading your slice every day. I'm so, so happy you've taken on this challenge and come back each year! It's so fun catching up- even if it's just March! Hope your team has a much better game this weekend.

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