For Parents

For parents of young players there is one guiding principle: If you want your young player to develop a love for basketball, he or she must first develop a passion for the game. To do that, he or she must enjoy the game and see basketball, particularly at a young age, as an activity that comes with a smile. That's where it all starts – nothing more than an activity where the beginning child can bounce the ball a few times and maybe shoot the ball into a basket. That's how the basketball seed is planted. Once it begins to sprout, it can continue to blossom for years to come, with your care and nurturing, of course. As a parent of a young basketball player, it's your job to foster a positive environment for your child – and that takes discipline on your part.

Advice to give your son or daughter:

That's simple. Just tell them to play hard, and to have fun. If they keep a smile on their face, they will most likely give a strong effort and by playing hard they will get better in the process.

KidSport is a national charitable organization which seeks to remove the financial barriers that prevent some children from playing organized sport. Through a simple application process, KidSport provides grants, to families facing financial challenges, to assist with organized sport registration fees. Support is available to qualifying families for children under 18.  KidSport has chapters in 11 provinces and territories and in over 180 community chapters across the country. Please visit www.kidsport.cato find the chapter in your area and to learn more about KidSport.

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