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Youth Basketball for Players, Parents & Coaches!

Youth basketball can be great for any youth, any age, any skill level. Everyone has to start somewhere, and everyone can have fun playing basketball or any other sport. has all kinds of information to help parents, coaches, and youths learn about the game, develop basketball-specific skills and overall athleticism, and just enjoy the benefits of youth basketball programs.

Benefits of Team Youth Basketball

Youth team sports can be very beneficial any youth both in developing lifeskills they'll use in their adolescence, as they grow up, and for the rest of their life. Youth basketball is no exception. Here's a quick glance at some of the benefits:

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  1. Learn Teamwork
  2. Develop New Bonds/Friendships
  3. Learn Respect
  4. Become More Active and Physically Fit
  5. Time Management Skill Improvement

Learn Teamwork
As with any team sport, basketball will help any youth learn teamwork. In other words, numerous people working together to reach a common goal.

Basketball has become more of a one-on-one game lately, which is actually really annoying, but it's only when there's a complete team effort that a team is succesful. One person can't take on five, neither on offense nor defense. As good as they were are are, Michael Jordan, Kobe Bryant, and LeBron James couldn't do it alone. Each needed help from other players like Scottie Pippen and John Paxson or Shaquille O'Neal and Robert Horry (we'll see what LeBron does).

Just like out in the "real world," one person can't always do everything, and sports can help youths grow up to be better team players (and possibly more employable because of it later on in life).

Develop New Bonds and Friendships
As stated above, basketball is a team sport. Five players from the same team are on the court at a time. Practicing and playing together can really introduce new friendships and bonds that can continue to grow if the players grow up playing ball together.

I was fortunate enough to grow up playing ball with the same core group. Our youth basketball did grow into competitive basketball together, but through it all we spent hours a day together, most weekends together, and traveled together. Since we were all interested in basketball, we ended up spending our time away from practice and games together to - either shooting around ourselves, watching NBA and March Madness, or whatever it was. The point is that I met a lot of my good friends through basketball.

A Basketball is a must for young players (preferably two). If you go to the park, there are no basketballs there, and if you go to a gym, sometimes the basketballs aren't that good and are limited. Being the one with the ball can also help improve your friendship prospects and growth. I was the person to know if you wanted to play ball when I was younger because I always had the ball. I also eventually had my own basketball hoop with plenty of room...which was the BEST gift I received. My friends and I were always on my court and I definitely improved my game with my own hoop for individual training since the gym was always crowded.

You can get great basketballs at most any sporting goods retailer. I recommend the Spalding Zi/O (available from in the red box or through the link) because it's good for both indoor and outdoor use and it saves you from having to get 2 for each.

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Learn Respect
Youth basketball can also teach young players respect: respect for authority, respect for others, and respect for oneself. Basketball a game of rules, which requires some authority to make sure that they're followed. Coaches and referees have to tell young athletes what they can and can't do or should and shouldn't do. Players have to listen to them and respect what they have to say without talking back.

Respect for others falls under "sportsmanship" really. If another player is doing well, they should be respected for working hard to get better. They'll learn to be respectful and not jealous, and hopefully to aspire to be more like someone they respect. More importantly, respect for oneself will be learned through hard work paying off and becoming better (and then being respected by others).

Become More Active and Physically Fit
Full-court basketball is one of the best cardiovascular exercises there is. No ifs, ands, or buts about it...hands down great physical activity. The best part, though, is that it doesn't feel like "work," but just fun even though a good workout is happening. Our youth is becoming less healthy, but youth sports can help with that by helping to keep kids more active.

Improve Time Management Skills
I say that youth basketball can improve time management skills because older youths now have to work around practices and games to do their homework and chores, and still leave time for just hanging around by themselves or with their friends. Any sport requiring a time commitment also requires time management skills. This can definitely help kids in the future, as all of us adults know that there's never really enough time in the day and you have to manage your time wisely. Youth sports just give you a head start on being better at it.

This is the main point that any youth sport should focus on. Kids are playing sports because they enjoy them, not because they are working. Even those true-to-the-game players in the NBA aren't playing because they're getting paid millions (it doesn't hurt), but because they love the game. Yes, kids will be dreaming of being in the NBA, and some will make it, but there are only a few lucky chosen each year. And yes, becoming better does require some hard work, but that hard work can also be enjoyable when you reap the rewards and still enjoy it. Just make sure that youth basketball doesn't become "work" instead of fun...if it does, then the point of the game is lost.

Just Play. Have Fun. Enjoy the Game.

- Michael Jordan

Learn More About Basketball Through BBT&T

All sections of can be beneficial for any youth basketball players, coach, or parent. The basketball tips section is more of a "basketball IQ" area, helping improve awareness of the importance of specific skills and better decision making, making a young athlete better at anything from scoring to defense and rebounding. The basketball training and basketball drills sections will help improve skill-specific technique and also improve athleticism and overall health. Even the Fan Zone can help because it will help motivate young players to become better and be able to do what they see in the highlights.

Check out as many sections as you need or want. You can find main sections along the top navigation and, within each section, different links along the left hand side of the site. Also make sure to check back or subscribe to the blog as BBT&T is constantly adding new content.

The current and future sections will help improve a youth's game; keep them interested and inspired; and, above all, ENJOY playing the game. Of course...being better at something usually makes it more enjoyable, so browse as much of this site as you can.

A quick note: is constantly adding new content, so check back often or subscribe to the blog. You can also tell me what you're looking for in "Tip Requests"

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Again, browse this site for basketball tips and basketball training advice for youth athletes and get yourself or your youth into some organized youth basketball. Also continue to come back as I'll be continually adding more. You can subscibe to the blog to find out when new content is added. And, of course, have fun playing basketball or watching your child enjoying themselves.

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