Denver Basketball Lessons – What Your Kids Learn

Denver Youth Basketball Lessons

Parents, you have plenty of choices these days on what to enroll your young child in for an extracurricular activity.  Even if you decide on your child playing sports, you still have a lot of options.  If you’re having a tough time deciding, let me suggest the game of Denver youth basketball as an option.  Here are some ways that basketball provides real-world benefit to your young child.

Dynamic Thinking and Motion

Basketball is one of the most dynamic team sports there is.  Basketball being the dynamic game that it is offers the chance to develop quick and critical thinking skills.  Each player is responsible for competing across the entire playing surface, playing both offense and defense, and making split-second decisions.  Soccer is also a dynamic game, but the position you play determines what part of the field you are responsible for.  Baseball and football are great sports, but they have rigid positions that don’t allow each player to experience each part of the game.  For instance only the pitcher gets to pitch in baseball and in football the quarterback is the only one who gets to make passes.  In basketball, at any given time your team may need you to score, pass, dribble, or rebound.  As a player you have to be ready for anything.  Also, the change from offense to defense is instantaneous, unlike in some other sports, so you always have to stay on your toes and react to ever-changing circumstances quickly.

Collaboration and Teamwork

Because offense and defense is played by all players and each player is eligible to fill any role on the court, you get a chance for great collaboration and teamwork in the game of basketball.  Learning to work with others for a common goal is a skill that can be forged through the fires of basketball competition.  In basketball, it is up to the coach and the players on the floor who will shoot or pass the ball each possession.  These decisions can be made on the fly by the players in reaction to what the opposing team is doing, or drawn up by the coach in a play that the players must execute.  On defense, teammates must communicate on-the-spot and help each other to keep the other team from scoring.  Since offense and defense are both played in a 5-on-5 free-flowing environment, it takes the collaboration of all 5 players’ skills and talents on both ends of the floor to achieve team success.

 Creativity and Excitement

As a basketball player, your son or daughter will learn to be creative and develop their unique strengths to affect the game in a positive way.  As a spectator watching basketball you will stay engaged and have a fun fan experience.  The game will be fun and allow for creativity because basketball has rules, but the rules are not as rigid as instructions for building a TV stand.  The rules are there as outer limits and allow a lot of fun and creativity inside of them, like the law of gravity.  We know gravity is there, but we also know it doesn’t stop us from flying in planes, skydiving, doing back flips and somersaults, and more.  Each player in basketball has a unique “game” they bring to the table, which gives players value outside of the traditional athletic measurables.  Just because your son or daughter is not the tallest, fastest or strongest doesn’t mean they can’t be great at the game of basketball.  Maybe your son or daughter will figure out how to become a creative, flashy passer or an exciting ball handler.  You really get to see your son or daughter’s personality come to life within the game, and that makes it an exciting game to watch.  Also, because basketball is a relatively higher scoring game than other organized sports like baseball, football and soccer, there is always the chance you might see a big comeback and an exciting finish.  You will be treated to acrobatic and creative passes and shot attempts on offense, and also exciting blocks and steals on the defensive end.

Aligning Strengths and Goals

Generally in basketball, players are good to great at a handful of things, and less good or great in other areas.  If your son is not a great shooter, that’s okay because he might be a great rebounder.  Kids who play basketball can get practice being dependable citizens by delivering their skills and talents for their team’s success on a game-to-game basis.  This can build self-esteem (it did for me) and teach them responsibility, albeit in a small way.  On the other hand, players can learn to depend on others in their weak areas.  For instance a player may be a great scorer but a poor defender.  His teammates can help cover for his shortcomings on defense while he helps deliver success on the offensive end.  Learning how to recognize and accept weaknesses and depend on others for help is a life skill that basketball can help develop.  Remember that in basketball, rare is the player who can do it all and rare is the player who can’t do anything right.  So your son or daughter will get the chance to be great and also look to teammates for help.

I could talk all day on the benefits of basketball for young kids.  I encourage you to try it out for your young child looking for a sport to play.  Contact your Denver basketball trainer or youth sports organization to learn more about the game overall, and about signing your child up for their first basketball league.  We can’t wait to see you and your child out there enjoying the game.