About

This blog is about the cultural aspects of pickup basketball. Pickup ball means lots of different things to lots of different people. I usually play on the campus of the University of Nebraska Lincoln (the Big Ten school with a very modest basketball history). When I travel, I try to sample the local pickup basketball cultures.

I’m a 6’1″ pass-first point guard. For me, pickup basketball is a way to be part of an ever-changing narrative of ad hoc teams and diverse personalities, of victories and defeats, of joy, sprains, pain, and self-understanding. I play basketball to express myself and interact with others. Pickup ball, whether it is played in a huge arena or an alleyway has its own dynamic culture and micro-cultures, cultures of effort, elegance, imperfection, and execution. I like playing pickup because while it is sometimes about race, class, gender, ethnicity, language, and religion, those aspects are usually overshadowed by ability, teamwork, determination, hustle, fun, communication, and bonehead plays.

The courts at the CREC on the UNL campus

When I’m not playing pickup basketball I work as an assistant professor of Instructional Technology at the University of Nebraska Lincoln. I study K12 technology integration and the use of technologies for literacy and language learning. More about that stuff here

@olmansju

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2 thoughts on “About

    1. Thanks for the encouragement PB. I’m working on a series of posts that should come out starting Jan 14th.

      Update: the post is coming along but might not be ready til next week (I’m aiming for Jan 27th).

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