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Basketball 101: What Parents Need to Know

By Asia Mape, I Love to Watch You Play, 12/01/17, 12:00PM CST


Basketball is complementary to many sports. There’s a lot of jumping like in volleyball, but court vision and the passing and team game is most similar to soccer.

Basketball is a team sport with two hoops on either end. Depending on your kid’s age and your particular league, the heights of the baskets can change. My third grader is playing on a 10-foot rim. 

Time Commitment

Basketball doesn’t go on forever. Unlike baseball and softball, there is always a clock. So don’t worry, it won’t screw up your dinner plans. Youth leagues typically play two halves – 20 minutes long with a running clock. High school and above typically play four 8-minute quarters and the clock is stopped whenever the whistle blows. In youth recreational leagues, every player must play a minimum amount of time, so nobody is left on the bench the entire game.