As I mentioned before, I have joined three leagues all of a sudden! Where I used to never like league, I find myself three nights a week playing in leagues, lol.
On Monday night, I was scorekeeper for the new men's team I am on. I show up and three of the guys on the team are raving about how well I play. They heard I went 5-0 my first night on the team and also brought up my scotch doubles play and my Nationals win. Felt good to hear such accolades from fellow male players who play good. I admit I was beaming. :)
On my Tuesday and Thursday night league, they are both all-women. I played last Tuesday and still feel like eyes are on me. I don't know how else to put it except I feel like the players are watching me - how do I play, do I miss, am I getting out? I can hear people talk, "She was on the team that won Nationals."
I don't mind people watching, talking; keeps me on my toes.
On Thursday, we played the best team on the league (my team is in second place). I felt a lot of pressure to play well, and again, felt like all eyes were on me.
I feel like people are looking at my decisions. I take my time and plan my balls in 8 ball. So, I think a lot at the table. I try to stay down and play well; try to live up to my expectations (which, I know, I'm not suppose to do).
This Thursday, I was 4-1 again. One of my teammates brought her Mom along. They introduced her as, "this is Mom." Took all I could not to cry. She was about my Mom's age, and thoroughly enjoyed watching her daughters' team compete.
We all high-five after a win, and that included a high-five to Mom after each match, and she seemed so thrilled every time I won. At the end of the night, she actually thanked me for playing well - it was so cute! I joked with her she had to come to all my matches in the future - I even hinted I'd give them my tourney schedule, lol, so they could come support me.
I really enjoy the camaraderie on my team AND the other teams. I only know about half of the players and they have been all super nice and complimentary. The opponents hug each other before and after every match; I'm not at the point yet with the ones I don't know but they are all still very friendly... and I'm having fun.
It's cool to be accepted. :)