Staying Safe in Kid’s Basketball: The Basics
As a parent, it’s understandable to be concerned when your child starts playing sports. While basketball is technically non-contact, it’s still very physical, and pushing and shoving can occur in an intense game. Any sport presents a certain amount of risk, what with the running and athleticism required in high-intensity games, but basketball safety, in particular, has improved drastically over the years.
Even with these improvements, however, children are still at a higher risk of sustaining sports injuries — mainly because their bodies and coordination skills are still developing. Let’s get into how we try to keep children safe at Little Boomers Basketball.
Maintaining a Healthy Competitive Outlook
One of the biggest reasons people get injured in sports is the commitment to competitiveness. No matter how old you are, if you want to win, then you’ll often do whatever it takes to do so. Most parents don’t want their young children playing rough-and-tumble sports. This is why at Little Boomers Basketball, we strive to create an atmosphere that is fun-loving, sportsmanlike, and fosters healthy communication above all else.
We don’t think competition itself is always a bad thing. While it’s been a matter of debate for many years, most child development experts say there is some value to kids engaging in healthy competition. At Little Boomers Basketball, we believe that to harbour an enjoyable environment for all children, it’s better to focus on the game itself and have loads of fun with new friends. Winning shouldn’t be the primary goal until you get serious about a sport!
While basketball, especially for children, is usually a non-contact sport, there are still risks. Unintentional contact, slipping and falling, and over-tiredness can all contribute to a risk of injury. To curb these dangers, we at Little Boomers Basketball encourage some basic safety equipment guidelines to ensure everyone is playing as safely as possible.
One piece of equipment that we highly recommend is a quality pair of sneakers. Basketball courts can get slippery over the course of a game. Sneakers or any sports safety shoes will give kids the traction they need to move quickly without having to worry about whether they’ll slip and fall. For very young children, it’s not a bad idea to invest in a pair that doesn’t have laces, as an untied shoelace can prove to be a tripping hazard.
While most professional basketball players don’t wear safety glasses, it’s not uncommon to see them on younger players. Safety glasses help reduce the risk of a serious eye injury, which can be caused by an overthrown pass or a misplaced elbow. Since basketball often requires players to get up close and personal with one another, sports safety glasses can be a sensible precaution.
Additionally, if your child wears eyeglasses, an eyewear retainer might be a worthwhile investment. These are more for protecting the glasses themselves since they can easily come off during practice or in a game. If your child can wear contact lenses, these might be the better option, but eyewear retainers make for a practical middle ground when contacts aren’t an option.
Knee and Elbow Pads
Basketball courts are made of solid wood and can be quite painful to fall on. Knee and elbow pads help reduce the risk of a bad bruise or worse injury. One thing we teach kids is how to fall correctly — an important skill for any aspiring athlete! However, while they’re still learning, they can think of pads as a set of training wheels for themselves as they become familiar with the court.
Your child’s teeth are important to their overall health and self-esteem. No parent wants their child to come home from basketball practice to see a chipped tooth, or worse — a gap in their mouth. Mouthguards are worth wearing, especially if your kid wants to start playing basketball at a competitive level.
COVID Safety Precautions
With the pandemic still raging around the globe, we at Little Boomers Basketball are taking COVID precautions very seriously. Currently, any staff members or players who present cold or flu-like symptoms are required to abstain from any Little Boomers Basketball programs for 14 days. We also use floor mats to keep players socially distanced from one another and have modified our classes to prohibit handshakes, high fives, and other forms of unnecessary physical contact. Plus, we supply an ample amount of hand sanitiser and enforce its use after handling equipment that’s shared between players.
Little Boomers Basketball Programs
Any sport presents risks, but we do our best at Little Boomers Basketball to keep things safe and kid-friendly. If you want to learn more about our programs, we encourage you to contact us by calling 1300 702 719 or emailing [email protected]