Basketball Parents: More Time With The Ball

A parent asked me ”  How fast and how long will I see improvement in my son’s game ?” I simply told her “Give your child more time with the basketball”. We all know the old saying, “Practice makes perfect.” It’s so true. If you want to help your child improve their youth basketball skills, they need to work with the basketball as much as possible. How often you wonder? That all depends on their commitment level. Your child will be the judge of that. Remember, they have to have fun with this. Your job, as a youth basketball parent, is to encourage them. Some children will practice for a few minutes a day, while others will practice for hours everyday. That reminds me of a player I used to coach. He would dribble the basketball everywhere he went. When he couldn’t dribble, he would practice ball-handling drills. This was in addition to the many hours he spent playing the game. Needless to say, he was one of the best players in our school’s history. So what does your child need for this practice time? Just a basketball! There are many great drills that can be practiced with nothing more than a basketball. Dribbling, ball-handling, passing, shooting, footwork, and many more. Youth basketball parents should remember to encourage their child to practice, join them as often as you can – but never force them. Again, they will determine how often they want to practice. Practice, practice, practice – it’s the best way to improve!Give your child more time with the basketball. We all know the old saying, “Practice makes perfect.” It’s so true. If you want to help your child improve their youth basketball skills, they need to work with the basketball as much as possible. How often you wonder? That all depends on their commitment level. Your child will be the judge of that. Remember, they have to have fun with this. Your job, as a youth basketball parent, is to encourage them. Some children will practice for a few minutes a day, while others will practice for hours everyday. That reminds me of a player I used to coach. He would dribble the basketball everywhere he went. When he couldn’t dribble, he would practice ball-handling drills. This was in addition to the many hours he spent playing the game. Needless to say, he was one of the best players in our school’s history. So what does your child need for this practice time? Just a basketball! There are many great drills that can be practiced with nothing more than a basketball. Dribbling, ball-handling, passing, shooting, footwork, and many more.  Youth basketball parents should remember to encourage their child to practice, join them as often as you can – but never force them. Again, they will determine how often they want to practice. Practice, practice, practice – it’s the best way to improve!