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03/24/2014

CIEE ALCALÁ-SPRING 2014- IAN ARMSTRONG (UNIVERSITY OF IOWA): Basketball/Sports in Spain

Ian Armstrong

Spring 2014

 

Basketball/Sports in Spain

            Ever since I was young, I have loved playing the sport of basketball; I enjoy the competitiveness, challenge, and skill level it requires to be a good player. I was very lucky in my housing location in Spain as it is right across the street from a park, that has essentially everything, soccer fields (both hard top and grass), basketball courts, an area to skate, as well as play tennis.

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            Si te gustan los deportes y competir, no importa el nivel, hacer deporte en el extranjero es una gran oportunidad para conocer a los españoles locales, se acercan más a la gente con quien está estudiando, y también es una buena manera de mantenerse activo en el país donde se está estudiando.           

 

 

Los españoles quieren reunirse y hablar con hablantes nativos de inglés, tanto como queremos hablar con ellos, así que recoger los juegos es siempre una forma fácil para que esto suceda, entremezclar equipos y jugar entre sí. Un grupo de estudiantes de estudios en el extranjero hace esto una vez cada semana o así, y siempre es un tiempo aún competitivo, divertido y relajante.

Además, un grupo de nosotros se unió a una liga de baloncesto, una gran manera de ser más competitivos y jugar, por algo eres compasivo. Hay ligas para casi cualquier deporte que se puede pedir. Tenemos la intención de unirnos también a una liga de vóleibol del equipo de 4 personas en breve, y no puedo esperar.

 

 

 

One thing to keep in mind while playing sports in other countries are that not all the rules are the same, this came to our attention during league play when we were getting called for things we know weren’t wrong (in the US at least), this can be extremely frustrating, so read up on the rules. Also the courts are slightly different, the zone has a different shape (not just quadrilateral), which is quite strange yet and easier aspect to adapt to. Overall, join a league, play sports with Spaniards, it’s a great way to meet locals, stay active/healthy and compete.

 

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