Ever since Dr James Naismith nailed 2 peach baskets to the balconies of his gym in Springfield back in 1891, basketball has been met with enthusiasm and enjoyment by millions of people over the world. It is now one of the most popular sports globally with participation rates on the increase every year.
So, why is basketball the best sport?
- It can be played by anyone
Basketball can be played by anyone, no matter what their skill level. Whether you are tall or short, fast, or slow, young, or old, experienced or a novice, basketball is a sport you can embrace and enjoy. Even players with disabilities can participate, as wheelchair basketball has shown.
- You can play and practice easily on your own
Some sports like football or baseball require other players to allow you to practice effectively. But with basketball, all you need is a ball and a hoop. You can also have actual competitive games with just 1 other player.
- It provides numerous health benefits
Whether you are an experienced player at a high level or just starting out, all the running, jumping, cutting, passing, shooting, and playing defence provides a fantastic workout. An hour of basketball can burn up to 700 calories and helps you build endurance, build muscle, improve balance, and develop concentration and discipline.
- It can be played any time of the year
Basketball can be played both indoors and outdoors, meaning it is the perfect sport to play all year round. While Naismith invented the game to condition young athletes during the cold winter months, it has gained popularity during the summer as well. The NBL is now played over the summer months and even the NBA has a summer league which is increasing in popularity every year. Tomorrow’s Stars runs private training sessions all year round, together with school holiday camps no matter what the season.
- It is good for your social skills
Basketball is one of the best sports to develop your social skills. Being a team game, it teaches you how to work well with other people and improve communication. It also boosts confidence, helps with conflict resolution, improves time management, and builds a strong sense of community.
- Basketball helps you hone individual skills
Basketball is a team game but also allows you to showcase individual skills. The best teams in the world usually have a star player who will step up when the game is on the line and help carry the other players to get the win.
But great teams who learn how to play together are the ones that enjoy success most frequently. Which is why the saying is “a champion team beats a team of champions”.
If you have other reasons why you love basketball, send us an email, we’d love to hear from you! And to get involved with Tomorrow’s Stars Basketball, call us on 1300 872 255.