As the camp started, we were required to wear the gear they provided us. When we did drills in the morning, I wore all the gear but didn’t wear the shoes they gave me. I had my own Adidas shoes that I thought would be fine. I was comfortable in these, and didn’t want to risk getting any blisters from a new pair of shoes. There was a lot riding on this camp and I didn’t want a few new blisters to affect my performance.
During our drills, a camp director approached me and asked why I wasn’t wearing the Adidas shoes they provided.
I said, “I didn’t know it was mandatory that I wear them.”
Looking pissed off, he said, “Ok here, take these.”
He gave me a new pair of shoes. I quickly took off mine and put on the new ones. Later in the day, I saw Rick and told him what happened.
He said, “You’ve got to be shitting me.”
Evidently, when he was talking with the other directors, they were discussing a kid who didn’t wear his Adidas shoes. Rick said he just kept hoping it wasn’t me, because they would have probably sent me home. When he found out it was me, I didn’t hear the end of it.
These were the mental mistakes I made in high school athletics.