Lessons To Be Taught And Learned

By Yolande Lezine
Updated: February 2, 2009

HOUSTON — The Covenant School, a high school in Texas recently defeated Dallas Academy 100-0. Yes, that’s right 100-0! The Covenant School led 59-0 at halftime.

A parent who attended the game stated that the Covenant School made several three-pointers to run up the score even when the game was way out of reach.

Covenant used a full-court press to steal the ball and make lay-ups as well as three-point baskets. The game seemed to turn into a lay-up drill during warm ups. The team finally eased up the pressure with four minutes left to go in the game as they reached the century mark.

Was this a kind deed by Covenant Girls Head Coach Micah Grimes or should he have stopped the onslaught? Well he won’t have to worry about that now because he’s been fired for unsportsmanlike conduct.

Despite the score, I feel that there’s a more important issue that really needs to be addressed. And that is the level of talent that the girls had. Many high school girls don’t have the basic fundamentals down of how to play the game.

It should start in middle school, but that’s not always the case. It’s really sad, because there are not enough coaches taking the time to teach the basic fundamentals.

Dallas Academy High School has eight girls on its varsity team and about 20 girls in its high school. It is winless over the last four seasons. The academy boasts of its small class sizes and specializes in teaching students struggling with “learning differences”, such as short attention spans or dyslexia.

According to the Director of the Texas Association of Private and Parochial Schools, Edd Burleson, there is no mercy rule in girls basketball that shortens the game or permits the clock to continue running when scores become lopsided.”

Former Convenant High head coach Kyle Queal had requested a forfeit prior to his firing because in his opinion ” a victory without honor is a great loss.” In a statement on the school’s website Coach Queal said that the game does not reflect a Christ-like and honorable approach to competition.

He also apologized for his teams actions and saught the forgiveness of Dallas Academy, TAPPS and the community. After too much national media exposure all of his sympathetic words were for naught.

Kids can play sports despite having learning disabilities. Just look at Olympic Gold Medal Swimmer Michael Phelps. His mom put him in swimming to help him and he returned the lesson well.

All we need is to have more coaches or individuals who work with kids to take the time to teach them the basic fundamentals. It’s not just about playing on an elite AAU team and winning basketball games.

People have to care again and stop using kids for their own personal gain.

Aldine Nimitz High School star Brittney Griner didn’t learn about the fundamentals of basketball until her freshman year of high school. She was taught by her assistant coach at the school, and two other coaches from outside of Nimitz.

Because of her outstanding potential her father saught a good AAU program that could better develop her. She started playing with the DFW Elite and the rest is history.

Because someone took the time, she has developed into the number one girls High School Player in the Country. Anything is possible for any athlete. All you have to do is just take the time!