I read the book called “Summer Ball” and the main character of the book is 13-year old Danny Walker from Morrisville, Maine. During the summer Danny was selected to participate in an elite basketball camp called Right Away, where he would compete against the best teenagers in the country. After having an outstanding camp Danny found a new traveling team. Despite having a gifted talent he was previously cut from his local travel team because he was too short. Danny used all of the negative aspects to push him to become a better basketball player. He eventually lead his new team to the seventh-grade national championships. After winning a remarkable championship Walker’s team suffers an unexceptional season. Danny then starts to worry again that his height will hurt him in the future at camps and in Highschool when other players outplay him. Danny was invited to the Right Away camp again, except this time he entered with the wrong attitude. Instead of competing at the camp trying to overcome challenges, Danny saw obstacles he couldn’t overcome. At the camp, Danny was assigned to a team where he met up with an old rival, Rasheed Hill, a player he faced in the championships. Rasheed was clearly still bitter about the loss he suffered to Danny. Danny soon got the feeling that Rasheed hates him and to make the situation worse Rasheed appears to be the coach’s favorite. Danny then tried to impress his coach but instead, he had numerous amounts of unimpressive plays. His worst fears were starting to come true, other players were outperforming him. To go along with his fears, Danny’s coach tells him he doesn’t have what it takes to be an elite basketball player. Only one person still believed in Danny, another camper, Zach Fox provided him with motivation. In turn, Danny became Zach’s mentor.
Summary Part Two
Despite his close relationship with Zach, Danny still doesn’t want to compete at the Right Away. Danny starts to come up with an inconceivable plan, he’s going to fake an injury to return home early. Players soon start to realize Danny’s plan and he loses the respect from the basketball player that means the most to him, his father. After getting a pep talk from his former teammate, Danny rethinks about compromising his career. Danny soon returns to the camp where he must face adversity, his own self-doubt. Once he got past the problems positive things started to happen. Danny soon gained the respect of Rasheed and the two put their problems aside to work together. Rasheed then used his impact on their coach to get Danny more playing time. Once this happened the team began to thrive and play as a team. Their team worked their way through the bracket and found their way to the finals. Danny was on a mission to prove everyone he has what it takes to play at the next level. After winning an ambitious championship game not only did Danny gain respect from the coaches and players but he also earned respect back from his father. Danny proved that he deserves to at the Right Away camp with the best players in the country. Once he overcame his fears he displayed what an elite basketball player can do, even a short one.
Relation To Science Part One
The book Summer Ball relates to science in a various amount of ways, for example, gravity and Newton’s three laws of motion. According to author Tia Ghose (2013) who wrote “What is Gravity” on LiveScience.com: “Gravity is the force that attracts two bodies toward each other, the force that causes apples to fall toward the ground and the planets to orbit the sun.” The more immense an object is, the stronger its gravitational pull. Gravity is along with three other fundamental forces, electromagnetic, strong and weak forces. Gravity, as Ghose (2013) continued to write: “is what causes objects to have weight.” Isaac Newton developed his Theory of Universal Gravitation in the 1680s. The author Ghose (2013) wrote that Newton: discovered that “gravity acts on all matter and is a function of both mass and distance. Every object attracts every other object with a force that is proportional to the product of their masses and inversely proportional to the square of the distance between them.” Gravity particularly relates to basketball when players shoot. When a player shoots they exert an upward and forward force in the direction of the net. According to writer Adrian Budahram (2011) who wrote “How Does Gravity Affect Basketball” on SportsRec.com: “Gravity exerts a force downward on the ball, causing it to travel in an arc as it approaches the rim. If you snap your wrist at the moment you release the ball, the ball will spin from bottom to top as it moves through the air. This spin creates a difference in pressure above and below the ball and generates an upward force” These forces add height to your shot and increase the angle of entry when the ball is approaching the net. As stated by Author J.O. Smith, III, (2020) who wrote in his article "Newton's Three Laws of Motion": He defined the three laws as “1.Every object in a state of uniform motion will remain in that state of motion unless an external force acts on it. 2.Force equals mass times acceleration [f(t)=ma(t)]. 3. For every action, there is an equal and opposite reaction.”
Relation To Science Part Two
As said by reporter David Benjamin (2018) who wrote “How Do the Laws of Motion Apply to Basketball” on Sciencing.com: “Isaac Newton's first law of motion states that an object at rest tends to stay at rest, while an object in motion tends to stay in motion unless an external force acts upon it.” Therefore, when a player shoots, it seems that there is nothing to obstruct the ball. However, there are a number of external forces that influence the path of the ball. David Benjamin (2018) also wrote: “First, gravity acts upon the ball to pull it down to earth. The athlete must judge the force of gravity by the weight of the ball to be able to find the right line of trajectory so the ball arcs into the basket. Air also resists the ball in the form of drag. While not noticeable indoors, wind can be a major factor during outdoor games.” Newton's second law states, according to David Benjamin (2018): that “acceleration is produced when a force acts on a mass. The greater the mass of the object being accelerated, the more force needed to accelerate that object.” This relates to basketball whenever a player has to pass or shoot the ball. Basketballs have a mass which means a player must use the proper amount of force when shooting or passing. If too much or too little force is exerted the ball will not travel to where the player intended. Newton’s third law, Benjamin (2018) continued to write: is “that for every force, there is an equal reaction force in the opposite direction. Action and reaction are what allows the athletes to make their way up and down the court.” When players maneuver on the court they put force into the floor. The writer Benjamin (2018) also wrote: “Since the floor has too much mass for the athlete to move it, the force travels back to the athlete and propels him forward.”All of these forces are what allows players to dunk, play defense, shoot the ball, and dribble around players.
Lupica, Mike. Summer Ball.
Philomel Books/An imprint of Penguin Group (USA) Inc, 2007