HOW PARENTS CAN BRING FUN BACK TO YOUTH SPORTS

At Pro Skills Basketball, we use the acronym F.O.C.U.S. in our attempt to make a change in a youth sports culture that we see as flawed.

The “F” in F.O.C.U.S. stands for FUN, as we believe, along with many others, that a big issue facing youth athletics today is pressure sucking the fun out of sport, causing kids to give up on sports at a young age.

A quick Google search for “youth sports”, reveals article after article discussing the world of youth sports and the need to make it fun again.

As Mark Hyman wrote in a New York Times article, when asked why they play sports at a young age, most kids list “fun” as their main reason to participate.

Below are a few things that parents can do to help their child have fun while playing sports.

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COLLEGE BASKETBALL RECRUITMENT (INFOGRAPHIC)

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Becoming an elite basketball player requires many qualities such as, but not limited to, being physically in shape, mentally strong, having advanced basketball skills, and having a strong will to compete and win.

Many youth basketball players dream of playing college basketball and then being drafted into the NBA one day. However, the chances of playing college basketball are very low and playing in the NBA is almost slim to none! There are only so many players that can join a collegiate basketball team and then an even more limited number that can play in the NBA. Only the best of the best make it!

But that’s not to say making the NBA can’t be done! The first step in the process is to make your high school varsity team. Once that is accomplished, players can begin to look towards playing at the next level collegiately. College coaches look for a variety of skills when recruiting high school basketball players, including competitiveness, attitude, grades, offensive skill set, defense, and much more.

Check out the college basketball recruitment infographic that we created. The infographic breaks down what it takes to be recruited to play basketball in college by reviewing skill sets that a player needs, how a player can get noticed, what coaches look for, the recruitment process, the role of parents in the recruiting process, and much more.

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