• 5 Important Things Every Parent Should Know About Basketball

    important things every parent should know about basketball

    Maybe your son or daughter has been begging you to sign him/her up for basketball.

    Or perhaps you’re gently nudging your child to try something new.

    No matter the reason, at some point during the basketball season your child will need your help...with dribbling, passing, shooting, a confidence boost...

    He/she may come up and ask you for help, or, judging by his/her body language or reluctance to go to practice, it becomes obvious. 

    Basketball should be fun.

    At the end of the day, your child should be walking off the court gaining valuable lessons about teamwork, hard work and persistence, and self-confidence.

    Since every child and parenting style is different, we’ve devised a couple different routes you can take in ensuring your child enjoys this game.

    Here are 5 things every parent should know about basketball:

    Basketball Fundamentals for your child.

     You don’t know anything about basketball.

     You grew up watching the Cubs.

     You played varsity water polo.

    You loved books at that age and don’t know where he/she inherited this love for sports.

    In case your child does ask you for help with basketball technique or you just want to connect and have an insightful conversation with him/her, here’s some basketball basics:


    Dribbling involves bouncing the ball against the ground. In order for a player to move with the ball, he/she must be dribbling.

    Dribbling usually occurs with one hand on the ball at a time. 

    Help your child by encouraging him/her to use his/her fingertips and pads--not the palms.

    This allows for better control.

    Also, your child shouldn’t be in a straight standing position when he/she is dribbling.

     Encourage him/her to crouch down lower, making sure he/she doesn’t over lean.

    Break Through Basketball explains more here.

    For a more hands-on approach, practice these drills with your son or daughter:  



    Here are some more dribbling drills.


     Shooting is the backbone behind the score.

     More shots taken = better chance of increasing the score.

     Although it may look like players shoot with two hands, they actually only shoot with one.

     Your child’s dominant hand should be the shooting hand. The other hand will be for guiding.

     Pretty much, the guiding hand’s job is to help keep the ball safely in your child’s hands, without allowing a defender to take it.

     It also steadies the ball when your child is preparing to shoot.

     Encourage your child to keep his/her eyes on the target--the rim--when shooting. 

     Make sure his/her body is square and that he/she drops his guide hand (the non-dominant hand) when he/she shoots.

     This will allow for a more accurate shot.

     Check out these videos for shooting basics:  



    For a hands-on approach, do these drills with your child.

     Boosting Your Child’s Basketball Confidence

     If your child is having low self-esteem from basketball, set an evening aside per week to practice some drills with him/her.

     Praise his/her hard work and discuss with your child ways he/she could become better.

    This will not only improve his/her confidence but instill a problem-solving mindset when situations occur.

    If your child’s low self-esteem is the result of over-aggressive coaching, talk with the coach in private about this issue. (Most coaches are parents too.)

    If nothing changes, consider pulling your child from this team and signing him/her up for another basketball program.

    A poor coaching experience shouldn’t overshadow an otherwise fun and exciting sport.

    For more basketball confidence boosters, look here.

    Other Ideas Besides Technique and Drills That Will Help Your Child With Basketball

     Maybe learning technique and doing drills isn’t your thing.

     That’s cool.

     Hire a basketball trainer

     If your child is having trouble with some fundamentals, look into getting him/her a basketball trainer. 

    For physicality, your local gym should have a bunch of trainers.

    For specifically basketball trainers, maybe your child’s coach offers extra training outside of normal practices.

    Talk with other parents who have children in basketball programs to see what they do.

    Check in with the basketball program. They should have a list of trainers.

    Or a google search.

    Watch basketball with your child

    Show your support by watching NBA, WNBA, or college basketball with your child. 

    Rent/download/stream basketball related movies like Space Jam, Hoosiers, and He Got Game.

    Check out more basketball movies here.

    What we are trying to say is active participation in your child’s basketball interest will demonstrate support, benefitting him/her tremendously.

    For any questions, comments, or concerns regarding basketball e-mail, tweet, or Facebook post/message Guarantee3.

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    5 Game Changing Tips That Will Boost Your Basketball Confidence 

    How To Become A Clutch Shooter 

    The Ultimate Guide to Becoming a Clutch Free Throw Shooter 

    Basketball Drill For The Home 

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