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December 11, 2013

Coaches, players fight the jitters as season approaches

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First-year Triton girls basketball head coach Charlie Noonan has applied knowledge gained from previous coaching stops at Bromfield School, Ayer High and Anna Maria College in preparing his team this year.

“I go back to old practice plans from a couple years ago and look at old concepts,” Noonan said. “I don’t change too much in the first 10 days. Adjustments come as you get to know your players better. We certainly have been practicing and doing well with our defense. Offense takes time. We are becoming better shooters as the weeks go on, but our defense is coming along as planned.”

While Noonan has stuck to his regular preparation schedules of past years, he has altered the way in which this unique team has practiced. To prepare his group for their three away games in their first four regular-season contests, Noonan has worked in two away scrimmages. There will be nothing omitted from focus at Noonan’s camp, though, as the first-year Triton coach is looking to entirely revamp what has been a struggling program.

One thing that has been uniformly agreed upon is the concept that jitters are something one must work through. Practices and game-scenarios are meant to harness the nerves that come with a first game, but it is something that all players must get out of their system with time.

“I don’t think any athlete is calm the first time they play in any sport at any time in their career,” Noonan said. “I have ninth-graders and seniors, but I think they’ll both be jittery in the beginning.”

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