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Barack Levin

Author: Barack Levin

Padded Basketball Court Floor? Are You Serious?

Posted by Barack Levin on 15th December 2011

I took my son to a new basketball practice program yesterday. Practices and games are held at the local elementary school’s basketball court. We arrived just before 6PM, ready to meet the new kids and parents. My son found a basketball while I introduced myself to the coach. On my walk to sit down and watch the practice I have noticed that the balls bouncing off of the basketball court sound a little muffled. At first I gave no second thought but then it hit me: The court’s floor was padded. Yes, you are reading this correctly – PADDED with a thick felt like material. I just could not believe my eyes. They padded the court to prevent injuries!

What next? Bubble wrap the kids before a game? Put helmets on each one? Replace the basketball with a sponge ball so no one gets hurt? How far will we take these ridiculous steps to so called “protect” our kids? There is no limit any more to stupidity.

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Church and Basketball

Posted by Barack Levin on 20th November 2010

My son started his practice at the same place he had his soccer. On the way there, we had a little chat. I told him that when the team gathers around the coach to talk about devotion, he should come and sit with me. He asked me why and I answered because we signed you for basketball and not schooling. It is just like when you go to the bathroom to take a shower, you do not take your food there as well. When it is shower time and it is not eating time. Same with basketball. When it is play time, it is not pep talk time.

We got to the courts and practice began. Half way through, I am sitting on the court side and my son comes to me. I was ready for that and asked what was the problem and he said, no problem, they are having their devotion time. I was very pleased to see that he understands and takes the action when it is needed.

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