If we try to analyze the basketball from the pure athletic standpoint, the conclusion that we are going to get is that it just may be the most demanding sport that exists in today's world.
If we made this kind of claim then we will have to elaborate on it just to see why we think that basketball is the most demanding of them all:
1. The objective is just 2x bigger than the object. In other words, you can put 2 balls at the same time into the rim and it is a tight call. If we think about the other sports and take them into the perspective, the football ball is a lot smaller then the touchdown or a goal, the soccer ball is much smaller then the goal and the same stands for handball, volleyball. Even table tennis has a better object/objective ratio.
2. Basketball is a highly crowded sport. The field/number of players ratio is saying to us that there is not much room to operate. Giving the thought that we are talking about the biggest living people on the planet playing this sport, the conclusion is that basketball players do not have much room to operate.
3. Basketball players need all of the athletic abilities to be on a high level. We all know that with the body size comes bad coordination of the limbs because the nerve impulses travel a bigger distance and they need to control larger muscles. Development of athletic skills basketball vise is a longer and harder process than with smaller human bodies. Good basketball players need to have fast feet, need to run is a sprint a lot of times, have to jump high, have to be muscular in order to endure all of the contacts, have to has soft hands, good eye-hand coordination.
There is no other sport that demands it all.
As this is not an article that is going to glorify the basketball, rather we are going to talk about the benefits that a kid can have by playing multiple sports. Every sport is good and every sport is interesting in its own way. Here, as we are a basketball orientated sport, we are going to talk about the benefits that a basketball player can have by playing other sports.
1. Soccer - Footwork and Court Awareness
Basketball players are in need of good footwork. The better the footwork the better the movement on the floor the players will have. As the soccer demands a lot of ball handling with the feet the kids can benefit by playing this sport in a way that their feet are going to move better.
Some of the premier European Basketball Organizations are still playing football once or twice a week on their practices. The other benefit of playing soccer is conditioning and a change in the training process. As the kids are competitive and sometimes they just like a change, they are going to give their all to win.
The second good thing about soccer is that it teaches good court awareness. As there are 11 players on the team, many times there will be 3 players in front of the ball and a player guarding your teammate that you are willing to pass the ball. These situations are going to teach your kids how to scan the court better and how to adapt to situations where there are multiple defenders trying to overtake the ball.
2. Football - Athleticism and Operating with Contact
Football is a sport that demands a vast amount of physical contact. As that being said, that means that the players have to train their bodies just to be able to withstand the hits. Another thing that comes with preparing their bodies for bumping is the fact that they need to program their brains in order to be effective as possible while being hit.
Basketball too is a high contact sport with the difference of instead of hitting people you have to push them a lot. The benefit that a basketball player can have from playing football is the fact that he is going to learn how to use straight to box out people, fight screens, finish all those and ones where they are flying towards the rim and somebody is trying to deny them with the foul.
It is not the matter of pure physical straight but it is more of a being prepared to be hit and still finish the play.
Another thing that slips the radar when the American football is concerned is the fact that there are many specialties inside a roster and that they are all highly dependable on each other and we can see how their coaches are emphasizing unity. Basketball, or should I say any team sport must look up to them and try to create an environment similar to theirs.
3. Swimming - Body Control and Muscle Development
The first sport that any child should train is swimming. There is no other physical activity known to man that activates all of the muscles on our body, and not just activates it but make them work in perfect harmony. Medical studies are telling us that the children that practiced swimming at a young age have a more athletic body and a healthier spine complex in later years.
4. Volleyball - Jump Ability and the understanding of Covering the Space
As we all know all the volleyball players can jump high, but they have the ability to time their jumps perfectly. Basketball players to have to jump high but most of all they have to time their jump perfectly to maximize their effectiveness both on offense but more likely on defense. Getting a rebound is more of a "when" then it is "how high" you jump.
Another thing that Volleyball players are good at is covering space behind their men. Everybody on the team has its zone of responsibility and everybody has to do their job in order to cover the man in front.
The similar thing is in basketball. We have a man guarding the ball and we have others that are helping him. The better they are doing their job the better defense is functioning for your team.
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