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Best Beginner Basketball Workout

By: Jason Markum

I get asked this question all the time, especially by parents who are anxious to start their younger children down the path to basketball excellence.

What is the question they always ask? It is this: What’s the best practice workout that my young child can do to make them a great basketball player when they get older.

This is a great question. It’s never too soon to start instilling good practice habits in your younger children.

I don’t know what it’s like in the area of the country (or in the area of the world for that matter) that you currently live, but where I’m from we started pee wee basketball when we were in roughly fourth grade.

Granted, it was very loosely organized. A couple of the parents of the kids on the team were the coach. But we did play teams from other towns, well towns that were close by. And we did have practices and such.

On the other hand, not many of us could hoist the ball all the way up to the rim, and dribbling the ball down the court, even when not defended, was a comedy show in itself.

But I’m getting off the point. First, when should you start practicing for real with your children? I’d say at around the age of fifth grade or sixth grade. Before then, they’re just too uncoordinated to get much use out of it.

Plus they will grow around that age and that is a factor that you should take into consideration.

So what is a good workout for a child around fifth or sixth grade?

Well, at that age, it’s not so important WHAT you do, it’s much more important THAT you do. Get in the habit of shooting baskets with your kid for a half an hour a day. If they can do more, and they really want to do more, ease it up to a whole hour a day.

The trick is to do it everyday if possible. Don’t force them to do it, it really has to come from them or they will just come to regret practicing and get fed up with the whole sport.

My high school coach said that his father would ask him every night if he had practiced that day. He would answer yes or no whether he had practiced or not. His father didn’t say a single word else. He didn’t berate him for not practicing. He just said nothing.

But my coach said, “that was enough”. He knew that his father was disappointed when he didn’t practice, even if he didn’t come right out and say it.

That was enough for my coach to get out there the next day and make sure he had practiced.

I recommend this for younger kids. It’s a good way to keep tabs on them, and in a very gentle manner keep them focused. Kids are kids, they aren’t going to practice everyday. But as long as you be sure to ask whether they practiced or not, it keeps the wheels on the bus.

Jason has been writing articles online for over thirteen years. When not writing about basketball, Jason runs a wildly popular dinnerware web site where he reviews dinner plates of all kinds and prices.

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