Is your kid ready for a full action sport? They should give kids basketball a try. You can search for youth basketball sign ups to find a team in your area.
Also find your youth basketball equipment to get started practicing!
Basketball involves constant movement similar to kids soccer. Never a dull moment!
The only downtime in kids basketball is sitting on the bench waiting for the coach to put them in to play.
Once they are on that basketball court, there is very little standing around. It is a great sport for kids with a short attention span.
The constant action also makes it more exciting for the parents watching the game.
With only five players on the court at one time, your kid is sure to get some time with the ball to show their stuff!
Now to the game…
There are only a few minutes each quarter of playtime in basketball, so it depends on how many kids are on the team and how hard your kid practiced to determine how much bench time versus playtime your child will get.
Only five players can be playing on the court at a time, so your kid needs to work hard to stay on the court more often.
Nobody want to see their kid get benched in sports!
I have been on both sides of the “bench time versus play time” scenario with both of my boys.
My oldest boy, Tucker, is a great basketball player. In
middle school there was a season where he was playing almost the entire game.
The very next season, he was on the bench for most of the games.
He had different coaches for those two seasons. You never know how each coach is going to manage their players.
Many coaches of teams that have kids in age range from 3 to 11 years old might be volunteers. This means they will not have the experience of how to manage the players.
Try not to get frustrated at these coaches. After all they are volunteering their time to train your kids. The kids are just learning basketball at this age, and it’s not like they're ready for the NBA yet.
I know it is easy to get caught up in a game, but parents should make every effort to hold their composure and set an example for the kids.
If your child likes a fast moving game and one involving a team, this is a good sport to try.
Kids basketball is similar to soccer in the fact that you have two teams battling to score a goal across a playing area, so they will definitely get some exercise.
Basketball and soccer are very different in terms of playing indoors vs. outdoors, and using your hands vs. your feet.
Is your child more of an indoor or outdoor person? Of course there is a variety of sports played indoors vs. outdoors, basketball is just one of the most popular indoor sports.
Basketball can get aggressive, so there is more risk in a player getting injured from playing this sport. The players do not wear much protective gear in this sport.
Check out the list of protective basketball gear they can wear.