Just seven fourth grade girls are playing on the basketball court during the Mystics' weekly Thursday evening practice, but they make enough noise for an entire classroom of elementary schoolers.
During a game of "poison" a combination of basketball and freeze tag the girls yelp as each shot attempt is missed or made. Players, frozen while they balance on one foot, cheer when a basketball rolled across the court narrowly misses their planted foot and they are allowed to move on to the next round of play. When their coach, Tony Graziani, calls out two girls for continuing to run after they were supposed to freeze, one player turns around and "Oxandrolone Powder India" argues she had Deca Durabolin Jak Brac been sliding, not running, for the last 5 feet.
Graziani has spent plenty of his life at practices, most of them more structured than the Mystics' training sessions. He was a nimble left handed quarterback who led the Oregon Ducks to the 1996 Cotton Bowl and was drafted by the Atlanta Falcons the following year.
He spent three seasons in the NFL before signing with the Los Angeles Avengers of the Arena Football League, eventually ending his career with the AFL's Philadelphia Soul.
Now 41, Graziani lives in Bend and sells medical equipment. When someone was needed to serve as coach of his daughter Ava's team in the Bend Park Recreation District youth Buy Cheap Jintropin Online league, Graziani volunteered.
But the former quarterback says his players have no inkling of his athletic "Oxandrolone Powder India" career and know him only as "the lame dad" who might let them play poison if they behave during practice.
"As fourth grade girls they just want to play games, so I mix in drills and basketball skills with fun games for them," Graziani explains. "I would hope they get some basketball skills out of it. The main thing I want to do is teach respect, sportsmanship and being Dianabol 50 Mg Injectable a good teammate."
The parents, at least those who attended Oregon or Oregon State, generally do remember his years as a quarterback and let him hear it.
"The Ducks love me and the Beavers hate me," Graziani says with a laugh. "I talk smack, too. And I wear my Oregon gear."
Graziani has previously coached his two sons, who are in the seventh and ninth grades, but says this is his first time in charge of a girls team.
"Actually the girls are a lot more wild. With boys, you can kind of yell and they'll settle down," Graziani says. "With these girls, the more you raise your voice, they get wild. They have a lot of energy. This is tame, tonight, by the way."
The Mystics may be high energy, but five of the team's seven players are playing basketball for the first time, so they are still catching on to the fundamentals of the game.
"Teaching the rules is important. It's literally, 'OK, this is out of bounds,' 4-chlorodehydromethyltestosteron and 'You have to dribble,'" Graziani says. "It's kind of cute watching these little girls run around, make Dianabol Atlas-Dom a mistake and then the whistle is blown and "Buy Cheap Jintropin Online" they look over and go, 'What? I had no idea I was supposed to dribble!'"
But that does not mean they aren't competitive.
"The league doesn't keep score this year, but we'll come to the bench and the girls know the score. They're like, 'Oh my gosh, it's 8 6!'" Graziani says. "And the parents do too, by the way."
Graziani says he is usually a competitive person, but he says he has not had trouble controlling that impulse as a coach.
"During games I want them to have fun," Graziani says. "Even if we were keeping score, obviously I want the girls to have success but it's not about winning or losing, it's about having a good time and learning and being a good teammate."
Above all, Graziani says coaching his own kids has showed him how useful a small dose of patience can be.
"It's just funny, because every team and every girl or every boy is different, so you never know what you're going to get that first day of practice," Graziani says. "It's always fun to learn the team and learn their personalities.".
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