For parents of young players there is one guiding principle: If you want your young player to develop a love for basketball, he or she must first develop a passion for the game. To do that, he or she must enjoy the game and see basketball, particularly at a young age, as an activity that comes with a smile. That's where it all starts – nothing more than an activity where the beginning child can bounce the ball a few times and maybe shoot the ball into a basket. That's how the basketball seed is planted. Once it begins to sprout, it can continue to blossom for years to come, with your care and nurturing, of course. As a parent of a young basketball player, it's your job to foster a positive environment for your child – and that takes discipline on your part.
ADVICE TO GIVE YOUR SON OR DAUGHTER:
That's simple. Just tell them to play hard, and to have fun. If they keep a smile on their face, they will most likely give a strong effort and by playing hard they will get better in the process.