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Tips for Playing Basketball with Preschoolers

Posted on 03-28-2017

Basketball season is in full swing this month and provides the perfect opportunity to get outside with your preschool children to introduce them to a new sport. Whether they’re familiar with basketball or have never played before, we’ve compiled our top tips on how to get your children excited about the game.

Equip them.

The first step in showing your kids all the fun sports have to offer is to provide them with equipment that they can practice with. Head over to your local athletic store and let them pick out their very own new basketball or shoes. This will give your children a sense of empowerment when exploring their new interest in basketball.

Set up a goal.

Once you have the proper equipment to practice, you can either set up a basketball court in your driveway or find a new go-to spot at your local gym or park to practice with your kiddos regularly. Practice makes perfect, and having you by their side to encourage and teach them will keep them working towards improvement.

Go to a game!

Practicing together in your neighborhood or local gym is great, but nothing compares to the exhilarating atmosphere that can be felt at a live basketball game. Whether you go to a professional NBA game or head to a public, free game at a local high school, the music, lights, and cheering crowd will have your children eager to hit the court and keep practicing.

Play with friends.

Another way you can light a basketball-fueled fire in your preschool children is by getting their friends involved. One-on-one practice is great, but scrimmaging in small groups will teach your kids the value of teamwork and communication on the court.

At the end of the day, what matters the most is that your kiddos are enjoying their newfound interest in basketball. Remind them that improvement takes time and practice, and that it’s always okay to have off days. 

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