With only a few days left in this season and a task to write a blog post I began the process of reflecting on how I’ve spent most of my summer throwing around a piece plastic. It is comical, beautiful, and outrageously absurd the amount of time and money I have put into this team and this sport – I wouldn’t have it any other way.

One thing that distinguishes this season from the next is my status as a rookie. The memories of figuring out what Bag-O is, how early to get to practice, the rules of email logistics – make a rookie year and the people you stumble and triumph with special.

Everyone on Riot has encouraged me, laughed with (at) me, and taught me new ways to be successful on and off the field. Here are some of my favorites:

Breakmark Drill: I hated this drill, but my teammates’ encouragement has pushed me to improve, and now I actually like the drill. Just because something was hard didn’t mean I couldn’t improve and become proficient.

Sideways Skipping: difficult but possible. Sometimes you have to accept mediocrity.  Choose your battles.

Rookie Solidarity: We believed together we were less heckleable than individually. This was only questionably true. But the challenges of meeting new people and playing a new style are much more fun (and less intimidating) together than individually. This idea is easily transferable to the whole team or any other group setting.

A few more:
– Lean on your teammates when you need them
– Be silly
– Be confident
– Have fun
– Run hard
– Always compete
– Believe you deserve your spot
– Never send a logistics email in the middle of an email chain