What’s the objective of youth basketball leagues?

On the Forum, there is a discussion of 1st and 2nd grade basketball leagues. Personally, I find no reason for 1st and 2nd graders to play organized basketball and suggest martial arts, gymnastics, swimming and/or soccer as sports which provide a better initial sporting experience.

However, if one runs a league for 1st and 2nd graders or puts his son or daughter into such a league, what’s the objective? Why play? […]

Playmakers Basketball Development Leagues as a means to Increased Physical Activity

An oft-cited study by Gould, Feltz and Weiss of Michigan State University’s Institute for the Study of Youth Sports, found seven primary motivators for children’s sports participation:

  1. Fun
  2. Skill development
  3. Excitement and personal challenge
  4. Achievement and status
  5. Fitness
  6. Energy or tension release
  7. Friendship

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Playmakers Basketball Development League as Physical Education Curriculum

For someone who played and loved sports as a child, I never really liked my P.E. classes. P.E. classes never seemed like real sports. Apparently, I am not alone. In an article titled “Student Activity Levels During a Season of Sport Education,” Peter A. Hastie and Stewart G. Trost write (Pediatric Exercise Science, 2002): Sidentop Read more about Playmakers Basketball Development League as Physical Education Curriculum[…]

Individual Tag Ball-Handling Drill

Here is the Individual Tag Ball-Handling Drill from the Playmakers Basketball Development League Transition League curriculum: Here is a second progression for individual tag, using shuffling instead of running. All players shuffle or ruffle (via Train 4 The game) – players’ legs cannot cross the midline of their bodies. Moving laterally, no crossover steps; moving forward or Read more about Individual Tag Ball-Handling Drill[…]