Essay on The Basketball Subculture

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Introduction In this analysis I will cover the different aspects of sport subculture and what it means to be a recognizable member within a group. I will give examples of what it means to be a part of such subcultures. For example, shared ways of dressing, group status and credibility, as well as some of the groups norms and rituals. The specific group I will discuss will be my basketball team and the role I play within it. Because my team is at highly competitive level, our norms may be unlike to other teams’ especially those of less competitive teams. Each and every team has their own culture and practices, and it is through these that they identify themselves as being different from other teams along with giving them an identity and a …show more content…
Even though I am unable to play I show up for practice and training early every day in order to set an example for the rest of the team. I also always have something to say in our team meetings. In general, the better you are on the team, the more other players look up to you. As Wheaton described in her article, “if they are a good sailor, they are treated with respect” (p.259). This closely relates to my team as I have a large amount of respect for my fellow teammates who are very skilled.
Some of our team norms would be our pre-practices meetings. The team meets outside the gym a twenty minutes before practice starts. During games we will always high-five each other either going onto or coming off the court to show support. Whenever someone is subbed off the court everyone on the bench will stand up and all give them a high-five as a way of encouragement and support for doing their best on the court. If a teammate is taking a free-throw then remaining four players on the court at the time will give the player a high-five after the shot, whether it was made or not to show that no matter what the outcome we are a team.
A common ritual of our team before the start of the game is to get into a circle and have a pre-game talk about what we want to get out of the game as well as some words of encouragement. After each game we will meet in the change room and