Basketball camps are not only a great way for kids to meet other young athletes that may become their future teammates, but it also provides children with an opportunity to learn more about the game and improve their skills in the process. However, basketball camps do not only benefit the children that attend them. These camps provide reinforcement for many of the lessons that parents may be trying to teach their kids, such as lessons in communication or discipline.
Benefit for the Family
The discipline instilled by basketball camps may already be instilled at home, but then strengthened by these in-depth practice sessions. Knowing that athletic camps can be a bit expensive, maybe a family taught their children how to save up money to attend the camp and the importance of personal finance in general. Maybe a young athlete excelled in basketball at their school but struggled to compete with many of the other campers. These lessons are vital to their development as both a player and a person in life outside of the sport.
Basketball camps teach children how to follow a routine and how to take small daily steps in order to achieve a much larger goal. A child that has taken the proper lessons away from basketball camp, aside from all of the fun that they have, will begin to practice more often and with more focus and determination. Camps teach children that success does not always come suddenly, and that often times they will have to plan for their success through discipline.
Excelling After Camp
Ideally, parents want to see their investment into a basketball camp for their child pay off as soon as the camp has ended, though this is not always the case. Families should make sure that their children continue to routinely practice what they learned at camp to avoid all of these lessons learned being lost and forgotten.
Parents should hold their children accountable for continuing to practice and continuing to utilize the strategies they learned during their time at basketball camp. By communicating with their children following the camp, listening to what the child experienced during his or her time there, and, more importantly, what the child learned from the camp, parents can build upon the lessons taught by the coaches and teachers involved.