Crystal Dangerfield Sets The Tempo On The Court And In The Band
When Crystal Dangerfield began to play the drums in middle school, she did not expect to learn lessons she would later apply to basketball everyday.
Along with drumming techniques, which she says help with her ball handling as a point guard, Dangerfield grasped the concept of perseverance.
“I get frustrated if I can't play a song on the piano, because I started that when I was really young,” she explained.
“I learned that not everything works out the way you want it to, but you can't let that discourage you,” Dangerfield said of the lesson learned from musical mistakes. “You have to come back, you have to be able to push through it. You have to be able to persevere.”
Dangerfield applied this notion after participating in the 2014 USA Basketball U17 World Championship team trials. Despite not making the 2014 U17 team, Dangerfield showed her patience and toughness when returning to the U.S. Olympic Training Center in Colorado Springs, Colorado for the 2015 USA Basketball U19 World Championship team trials.
When playing basketball, Dangerfield also has to push through, but she does not let this affect her game.
“I do get frustrated on the court too, but I don't show it as much, because compared to music it is more visible if you mess up.”
“At the point guard, you are in the spotlight, but like in music if you can play through it, it is good.”
Dangerfield herself also is more visible in basketball than in music because she is not behind an instrument but on the court.
While at training camp for the 2015 USA U19 World Championship Team, Dangerfield says that being coached by three-time Olympic gold medalist Dawn Staley has helped with her presence on the court.
“I have learned that the point guard has to be vocal,” said Dangerfield. “(The point guard) has to be the second head coach out there. The point guard has to be able to control the team and keep control, make sure they are in they right spots, make sure that defense is good.”
In addition to the coaching staff, Dangerfield says she has learned from her teammates, but is ready to play alongside of them.
“I am looking forward to being with teammates who have competed in college and some who are about to be. I am looking forward to learning from them, since they are more experienced. They are older. And then the coaching staff, who are college coaches, will help me because I have one more year in high school. They will help me prepare for college.”
The 2015 USA U19 World Championship team will compete in the FIBA U19 World Championship in Chekhov and Vidnoje, Russia, where Dangerfield will further apply the ideas shared between music and basketball.