I was just having fun out there In my mind I had no doubt that I would make the

I was just having fun out there in my mind i had no

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well. I was just having fun out there. In my mind, I had no doubt that I would make the team, and on top of that, I got to hang out with my friends and do the thing that I loved most. Well, I’m not sure if it could have gotten any better, but I know that it went downhill at this point. In the span of five minutes, which felt like an eternity, the day shifted from absolute enjoyment to a nightmare.
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Akser 4 The coach of the varsity team saw how I was playing and completely shook my world when the next words that came out of his mouth were, “Mehmet! Head over to the other court, everyone else keep playing.” That part of the court was for the players who didn’t make the team. Everyone was looking at me at that time as I made my way across to the other court. This became one of the most intimidating times in my life. Now, I am thinking if I had mentally prepared myself for that moment, I probably would have had a much different feeling crossing that court. With the proper mental preparation, I would have seen the coach's instruction as a challenge or at least an opportunity to improve as a player. Unfortunately, I had not been mentally prepared for such a significant occurrence. Being an adult now, I still wonder every now and again about what might have been. I remember the regret that I felt when tryouts ended. What if, instead of embracing my fear at that time, I would have found a way to push through mentally and had been able to attack that challenge head- on. At the end of that season, the same varsity coach stopped me in the halls
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  • Summer '15
  • Jonathan Coachman, Coach, Varsity team

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