Posted by Vet Coach on May 08, 2018 at 01:41:29:
In Reply to: Re: AAU vs ARC vs Park League posted by D-Train on May 07, 2018 at 21:42:43:
: Many of your larger city park programs have skilled and patient, coaches, especially for the younger kids. At the younger ages, kids have developmental limits to how much they can absorb and execute, even if they are coached by John Wooden. For that reason, travel basketball for most kids under 12 is a waste of money, unless there is no other viable option. For as long as possible, kids should be encouraged to play multiple sports which better supported by the park league schedule. The difference between a park team and a travel team is the park team will have only 2 or 3 travel team quality players at most. The advanced players have a great opportunity to provide leadership for their park team, something they may not be equipped to do for their travel team. The park leagues are the backbone of grassroots basketball, as the talent developed there gets "poached" into the travel/AAU system. Be very value conscious when selecting or remaining with a travel coach. Are they just good recruiters/drill runners or do they help the kids learn to think for themselves using game scenarios in practice.
I am a vet park league coach - and I really love it. ive coached at different levels - HS - Travel - ARC -private school - etc. For me - park league has been fun - kids have fun and learn a little basketball. I think - the whole thing really depends on the coach - if your son has a good coach - it doesnt matter where they play. Have fun - teach kids the game - but let them play a variety of sports as they are growing up - dont do year round hoops - or year round anything - they get burned out.
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