When it comes to exercise, it’s always a good idea to have your child get plenty of it. They might not be the most active like running around on the playground (you don’t know how much exercise they’re getting usually, in which case, they need other pursuits to keep them healthy and growing.
You need to decide what type of basketball hoop is appropriate at their age, where it will be setup and if it’s the right fit for them. It depends whether you buy the basketball hoop that fits over their door or a full-size basketball hoop that is setup outside in the driveway.
Benefits of a Home Kids’ Basketball Hoop
Getting a kids basketball hoop setup at home allows them to get some free throw exercise in their bedroom. They can have a small desk or lying in bed and exercise some shots with a foam or rubber ball into basket on the door. Most doors can handle it, but it will make some sound each time they hit the door, or backboard with their ball.
The level of exercise is minimal. Some moving around, extending the arms, learning the balance the ball in their small hands, and bending down to retrieve it later.
The greatest real benefit your child will derive from using this kind of small basketball hoop and small ball improved dexterity, grip and hand/eye coordination. This has considerable benefits as they age.
Benefits of Full-Size Kids’ Basketball Hoop in the Driveway
Getting a full-sized kids’ basketball hoop system installed in your driveway is a totally kind of commitment. You’ll need to make space for it and it might end up blocking your garage from being used.
Here, the benefits for your kid is different and better. The hand/eye coordination is different because it incorporates real world bouncing on the driveway which doubles as a court. Handling the odd ‘bad bounce’ by learning reactive skills to adapt to changing situations is enormously useful in life. Things happen like a vehicle getting suddenly out of control that children need to be aware of and learn to react quickly to dangers. Using a basketball on the court, hitting the rim and getting a surprisingly bounce angle from that teaches them to expect the unexpected in life which is a great life lesson in itself.
With competitive one-on-one games with a brother, sister, cousin or friend, your child can learn that it pays to be a winner. A useful SEAL motto that is far better than the millennial lesson that winning doesn’t matter because everyone gets a participation medal for losing. Learning to win and feeling rewarded for that teaches a child to push towards bigger successes and that nothing will be handed to them. This is a lesson that the current generation of lackadaisical millennials could have done learning from their parents. No matter; young parents can teach their kids better.
Giving your child access to sports is a great way to improve their communication and physicality, as well as teach them valuable lessons as tools for their future too.