Need a way to help your kid(s) embrace sports as well as physical fitness, build on their hand-eye coordination, and learn to enjoy teamwork? Then basketball is a terrific way to help them. Basketball as a sport always teaches kids to play both offense and defense and be aware of their surroundings. Here is 3 Ways to Prepare Your Child for Their First Basketball Season.
Checking their interest in the game
Some kids are small and quick, while some are tall and quick. For kids who are likely to be small and quick, a guard position is the best place to start out. Not everyone who is a successful basketball player is tall, but kids who are likely to be guards should get plenty of time handling the ball so that dribbling can become second nature to them.
Getting the right equipment and training
Help them figure out what needs to be packed into their gym bags at the start of the season; whether they need to bring their hygiene supplies, training gear or uniforms, and whatever else they might need. Now is also a great time to get your kid started on doing their own laundry to avoid dealing with dirty uniforms on game day or the dreaded mildewed gym bag. Joining a basketball court like Shoot4ACT Bucket Warehouse is also an ideal step in getting ready for game day.
Watch Their Form
Kids pick up habits watching professionals and may come into the game with some personal quirks. If your child wears glasses and they are struggling to keep them from sliding around as they sweat, invest in a strap or goggles to keep the glasses in place. If your child bites down as they work hard, talk to your dentist about a mouthguard. Your kid may complain that their knees or ankles hurt in the morning or after a game or practice. This can be a sign of muscle development, but it can also indicate poor form.
Basketball should be played with knees bent to avoid jarring or damaging the knee joint when running or jumping. Keep an eye on their form to protect them from later pain.
One of the best things that basketball teaches children is to keep working. Basketball teaches mutual trust and friendship within a team that can benefit your child both on and off the court.
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