When kids enrol in a basketball training program, they are met with a valuable experience that offers them benefits beyond simply learning how to play. Basketball can be played at any age, but is particularly beneficial for young kids. As parents, educators and coaches, we want the best for kids and look for any opportunity to enrich their lives. No1 Draft Pick basketball academy is the perfect spot to do this and will offer your young kids more benefits than just the skill of playing basketball.
“All kids need is a little help, a little hope and somebody who believes in them.” – Magic Johnson
4 benefits of playing basketball at a young age
- Consistent physical activity
According to the Australian Institute of Health and Welfare, children aged 5–12 and 13–17 should engage in at least 60 minutes a day of moderate to vigorous intensity physical activity. Physical activity is important for more than just keeping your kid fit, it promotes the development of strong bones and muscles and paves the way for a healthier lifestyle. As every parent knows, it can be quite difficult to tear children away from screens, especially when it’s the only form of ‘supervision’ available when you’re busy.
Basketball training at our academy offers a structured opportunity for young kids to engage in physical activity without parental supervision. By enrolling your kid in one of our programs, you’ll ensure that they get an adequate amount of physical activity.
- Refinement of motor skills
Part of basketball training involves learning to dribble, pass, shoot and catch. By practising each of these skills, your kid will improve their gross motor skills by using major muscle groups in their torso, arms, and legs. Through learning to coordinate what they see with actions using their hands, your kids will also gradually strengthen their fine motor skills which develop until age 9.
- Psychological development
During basketball training, your kid will meet with other kids, play on a team with them and sometimes, compete against them. These interactions help to strengthen their psychological development through learning to socially interact with other kids, some of whom may be older, preparing them for healthy competition and discovering how to cope with losses in games. Your kid will also learn how to be mentally resilient in the face of defeat and inevitable obstacles that come along with training for basketball.
- Improved self-esteem and self-confidence
Young kids often struggle with self-confidence and self-esteem, especially at school. When they enrol in basketball training, they learn the value of practising for success and see the results of their hard work. When they overcome a challenging opponent or beat a personal record, their self-confidence and self-esteem improves. This often translates into their social and school life and overall, makes for a more confident and socially developed individual.
What programs does N1DP have available for young kids?
At our academy, we have programs that are designed for different ages and abilities. For young kids, the following programs at our academy are available:
- School holiday basketball camps – a great holiday experience for young kids who need to be entertained during school holidays.
- Rookie league – an introductory basketball program.
Our academy is constantly updating its programs to better suit our students, so make sure to keep your eye on our Events page.
How do I get my kid started in basketball?
While many kids are interested in basketball from a young age, parents wonder what is the best technique for pushing their kids into basketball training.
For kids who are interested in the sport, we recommend the following techniques for getting them excited about basketball training:
- Ask if they are interested in learning to play like one of their favourite stars;
- Show them events on our website and ask them which they would like to attend;
- Begin casually playing basketball with them; and
- Excite them by mentioning making new friends at our academy.
Even though your kid may be young, it’s important that they feel comfortable and excited about basketball training. A positive attitude leads to positive experiences which is the best way for ensuring that your kid gets the most out of basketball training.
We hope that these tips help to convince you that basketball training at a young age is beneficial and right for your child. If you’d like more information on our programs or you’d like to register your kid, then contact us here.
Join our N1DP family and discover the best basketball experience for your kids! Enquire today about our programs on 133 33 N1DP.