“Mom and Dad, I want to learn how to play basketball.”

Youngster holding a basketballWhat do parents think when their 41 inch tall first grader comes into the house and proclaims “I wanna play basketball?” Are the parents intuitive enough to hear “I want to learn how to play basketball?”   Do they simply smile and say “That’s nice dear…go ahead but come in later for dinner?”   Do they smirk and think, “You’ve got to be kidding me, you can’t even throw a basketball that high yet?”  Do they say, “Great, let’s run out and buy you a basketball and a $300 portable, adjustable goal” and then turn them loose in the driveway?
At least some parents say, “That’s a great idea; let’s sign you up for youth basketball so you can learn how to play basketball correctly with other kids.”  I like this last approach the best since it gives the youngster encouragement plus the opportunity to learn the fundamentals of the game of basketball in a basketball camp or a youth basketball program where they will learn everything the game involves.  If you need the portable, adjustable goal later, you can probably get one in good condition at a garage sale from a parent who didn’t hear the  hidden or implied “learn” in the initial question.

Three Middle-Aged Men Recall When They Learned How to Play Basketball

My friends and I were discussing this very subject the other evening.  John reported that he was actually discouraged from playing by a High School Coach in part due to his height.   He went on to say, “We had a hoop on our garage at home and dribbling and shooting was all I ever did.

When I expressed an interest to the Coach in Junior High School, he recommended I go out for an intramural sports team, which I took initially as a positive comment.  Then I realized how bad I was at running, dribbling and stopping and I wondered if my brief experience wasn’t a blessing.  The only thing I seemed to do well was pass the ball.”

Bill volunteered that like most everyone else, he only enjoyed shooting the basketball.  Of course, now we are old enough to realize there is a great deal more to the game than just shooting a basketball and agreed that we wished we had an earlier childhood opportunity to learn how to play the game.  If so, we might have been able to have an active sport to enjoy for life.  Instead, the three of us now look like runners up in the Mr. Couch Potato contest, and yes, we were having this discussion over dinner and drinks.

Give Your Child a Chance to Learn How to Play Basketball

Having become aware of ATTACK Basketball Academy recently, I am impressed with the structure, the variety of coaching talent, and the deeply-rooted philosophy that one can transfer the skills they master on the basketball court into a successful life strategy.  More importantly, the program is simply a great way to give kids an opportunity to learn the correct way of how to play basketball, a great game that is generally a little less punishing then football or soccer and certainly more easily understood than rugby.  ATTACK gives kids a chance to get professional coaching, have a great time playing basketball and learn something they can enjoy all of their lives.  And it will definitely keep them out of the Mr. Couch Potato contests!