Agony of defeat gone with a Dr Pepper

Our 11-year-old wrapped up his first season with the Little Billies basketball program, and our little man-child learned a lot about winning and losing.

We spent most of Saturday morning at the Fredericksburg High School gym, and we saw some close competitive games from these future Billies. We marveled at how much the kids learned under their coaches — ours was Bruce Stafford, but the others also brought out the best in their kids.

Little Billies lights a competitive fire in our kids, all while learning the basics, and that’s great. They learn to try their best, and they learn that losing can sting a little.

Our son’s team finished third, but they were beaten in the “semi-final” game by a team they had topped earlier in the season. In fifth grade, the prevailing thought is if we beat them once, we’ll beat them every time. But the other team played a gritty game and won by a single point.

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