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 for their age, where it will be set up, and if it’s the right fit for them. It depends on whether you buy the basketball hoop that fits over their door or a full-size basketball hoop that is set up outside in the driveway.
Benefits of a Home Kids’ Basketball Hoop
Getting a kid’s basketball hoop set up at home allows them to get some free throw exercise in their bedroom. They can have a small desk or lie in bed and exercise some shots with a foam or rubber ball in a 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 move around, extend their arms, learn the balance the ball in their small hands, and bend down to retrieve it later.
The greatest real benefit your child will derive from using this kind of small basketball hoop and a small ball is 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 total 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 are 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 surprising 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. This a useful SEAL motto that is far better than the millennial lesson is 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.