Just Do It
By: Matt Ambelang
Characters: Max, Max’s Mom, Coach Terri, Elliot, Oliver, Coach Jim, Peter, Alex.
Scene One Basketball Court (Hear basketball’s bouncing on concrete)
Coach Terri: Good tryouts, boys. I will call you into my office to tell what team you’re on or if you made it at all.
(Screen shows three boys standing around)
Oliver: I hope we all make the A team.
Elliot: Yeah, it would stink to make B team.
(A long silence with no talking)
Coach Terri: Max, will you come into my office for a minute?
Max: Sure, Coach.
(Coach Terri lets Max in and closes door)
Coach Terri: Well, Max, I will be honest. I didn’t like the way you played.
Max: Oh… well… um… I can play better.
Coach Terri: Well, Max, I don’t think you can. You played like you had to wet your pants.
Max: I was just nervous and wanted to impress you.
Coach Terri: Max, maybe you can impress me during the season but for now I have to place you on the B team. I’m sorry but you may be able to move up to A after a few games or so. Okay?
Max: Okay, Coach, I will play my best.
Coach Terri: Well, that is what I like to hear. See you at practice on Tuesday.
Max: Yes Coach. Bye.
Coach Terri: Bye.
(Max gets up and walks out to the court)
Max: Guys, I made the B team.
Elliot: You are such a loser, just like how you choked on your English essay.
Oliver: Why don’t you just go cry to your mommy? Wha… wha… I want my mommy.
Max: Shut up. I‘m out of here.
Oliver: Bye bye B teamer.
(Max grabs his stuff out of his locker and runs out)
Scene 2 Max’s House
(Max sitting by his mom)
Max: Mom, I didn’t make the A team Coach said I didn’t play well enough.
Max’s Mom: Don’t worry. You can move up during the season can’t you?
Max: Yeah, but now it will be a lot tougher to make the A team.
Max’s Mom: Well, just bring your best game and show Coach what he is missing on the A team.
Max: I will thanks though.
Max’s Mom: You’re welcome. Just do it.
Max: I will.
(Max goes into his room and goes to sleep)
Scene 3 Max’s House Morning Time
Max’s Mom: Max, get out here right now!
(Max comes shooting out of his room like a speeding race car)
Max: Yes, Mom.
Max’s Mom: What is this?
(Holds up card that says Report Card)
Max: Well, that is my report card, duh.
Max’s Mom: Yeah, but what is this?
Max: I don’t know.
Max’s Mom: Well, just read it.
(Reading Report Card says:
English: B Missing or late work
Literature: B- Behind in points for the term
Science: A- Pleasure to have in class
Math: A- Excessive socializing during class)
Max: Oh my gosh.
Max’s Mom: Yeah, why does this say, English: B missing or late work, Literature: B Behind in points for the term, and why does it say Math: A- Excessive socializing during class.
Max: I have no idea. My points should have been good. I just missed my reading level of eight. It should’ve been that, but I got 7.9. Math is right, I do talk too much.
Max’s mom: Well, who is in that class that you talk to so much?
Max: Well, there’s Peter, Alex, and Charles.
Max’s Mom: Max, you better stop talking. You know I will e-mail the teacher like how I e-mailed Mrs. Fanshaw.
Max: I know. I will be a better student and not talk as much.
Max’s Mom: You better. Now get to bed. It’s late and you have practice tomorrow.
Max: Okay. Good night. Don’t let the bed bugs bite.
Max’s Mom: I won’t. Now get to bed.
Max: Okay. Good night.
Scene 4 Basketball Court
(See Max sitting on the bench)
Coach Jim: Max, what was that? That was the worst display of basketball I have ever seen. I hate to see that.
Max: I just haven’t been at the top of my game at all.
Coach Jim: I know. We are going to bench you for tomorrow’s game. You won’t be sitting the whole game but it will be a lot of it.
Max: Why? I can bring it to the game. I swear I can.
Coach Jim: Max, no. This is the best thing for you. You played like you were wearing concrete shoes.
Max: Well, I just need time to warm up.
Coach Jim: We don’t have time for you to warm up. We need you to get hot now.
Max: Okay, Coach.
Coach Jim: Alright, now go home and get some rest. We don’t want you looking like a log tomorrow.
Max: Alright see you tomorrow.
Scene 5 Basketball Court
(See Max sitting on bench watching the game)
Coach Jim: Max, get out there. We need a player.
Max: Okay, who do I go in for?
Coach Jim: Go in for Peter and get out there and get me some points.
(Shows Max running to scorers table, buzzer sounds, Max goes in)
Max: Peter, I’m coming in for you.
(Max is in game)
Coach Jim: Max run three.
Max: Three guys, run three.
Alex: Okay, Max, show us what you got.
Max: I will, Alex.
(Max takes two dribbles tries to crossover gets the ball stolen. Guy goes on a fast break and scores)
Coach Jim: Max, get your head in the game.
Max: Sorry, Coach, I will.
(Max brings ball up the court and throws a pass that gets stolen)
Coach Jim: Peter, get back in there for Max.
Peter: Alright, Coach.
(Peter gets to scores table and goes in for Max)
Coach Jim: Max, bring it to the game.
Max: I don’t know what’s up, I can do better.
Coach Jim: Max, when the clock gets to 3:35 get in the game and show me what you got.
(Clock shows 3:50 left in the game and Max’s team is down by five)
Coach Jim: Max, just get in there now. Their shooting free throws.
(Max goes in for Alex)
Alex: Make the most of this experience.
Max: I sure will.
(Max brings the ball down court and shoots a three-pointer and he makes it)
Coach Jim: Max, nice shot but do not get trigger happy.
Max: I won’t, Coach.
Coach Jim: Good, we don’t want you to be like a gunner in the war. Just take a shot when you have it and if you don’t, pass it.
(Gets the ball from out of bounds and dribbles it down the court)
Max: Peter, cut to the hoop.
(Peter moves to the hoop)
(Max hit him with a pass and they scored and the game is tied with the clock showing 0:35)
Max: Nice shot.
Peter: I wouldn’t have made it if I didn’t get a good pass.
Max: Yeah, you’re right.
(Other team has the ball and scores)
Max: Hold it for the final shot.
(Dribbles it down the court and looks at the scoreboard)
Coach Jim: Max, there is ten seconds left.
(The crowd cheers three… two… one…)
(Max shoots a three-pointer and wins the game)
Coach Jim: Max, that was a great shot!
Max: Thank you.
Scene 6 Max’s House
(Max talking to his mom)
Max: Yeah, I won the game.
Max’s Mom: I am so proud of you.
Max: Thank you.
(Hear phone ring)
(Max answers it)
Coach Terri: Hey, Max.
Max: Hi, Coach. Why are you calling?
Coach Terri: Max, we are moving you up to the A team.
Max: Wow, thank you, Coach!
Coach Terri: You’re welcome. I have to go.
Max: Alright bye.
(Max hangs up)
Max: I made the A team.
Max’s Mom: Great job.
Max: Thanks, I am going to play basketball.
(Max goes outside and gets a ball, shoots it and makes it)