Active for Life: Basketball

Basketball was invented by Canadian James Naismith in 1891. More than 120 years later, participation in the sport continues to grow across the country.

While the game has evolved over time, one thing hasn’t changed: children need to learn basic movement skills and develop physical literacy to become successful basketball players.

Active for Life has information, advice, and resources for parents who want to ensure that their young basketball players become physically literate and experience success, both on and off the court.

Check out these articles about basketball, team sports, and physical literacy:

Top 5 reasons kids play sports

Study after study comes up with the same result. Kids play sports for the fun of it. And not having fun is one of the major reasons 70 percent of kids quit playing sports by the time they’re 13.


Steve Nash: the skateboarding basketball superstar

Steve Nash may be an NBA star, but he didn’t even pick up a basketball until he was 12. Before that he played soccer, tennis, and hockey.


Ontario Basketball partners with Active for Life to promote physical literacy

Ontario Basketball and Active for Life are distributing a new postcard that describes how physical literacy — developed through participation in a variety of sports and activities in a fun environment — sets the foundation for success in sport and in life.


Find a quality basketball program

Get your child the right introduction to basketball by making sure they learn the correct skills and have positive experiences. Canada Basketball has recommendations for all age groups.


Specialization: What does it really mean?

Early and premature sport specialization creates the danger that children will get overuse injuries and burnout; thus parents need to start by understanding what specialization means.


If you’re raising a child athlete, think long-term

The Long-Term Athlete Development model was created to ensure that sport and activities for kids are developmentally appropriate according to maturation during child development. A key part of LTAD is physical literacy, and child physical literacy should be developed by the onset of the growth spurt.


Watch these high school basketball players demonstrate true sportsmanship

These two high school basketball teams understand that the passion of playing trumps winning every time.


Steve Nash’s dad on kids in sport

Steve Nash’s father describes kids activities and child development of his active children.


How do you become an “overnight” sports superstar?

Jeremy Lin’s multisport experience helped him become a better basketball player, and prepared him for a stunning breakout with the New York Knicks.


How playing multiple sports is good for your kids

Kids benefit from participating in as many different sports and physical activities as possible while they are learning movement and sport skills.


Toronto kids choose midnight basketball over Kimmel

Toronto’s Midnight Madness basketball program keeps the city’s youth off the streets, out of trouble, and engaged in a positive activity.


Specializing in sport could fast track your kids to the hospital, not the major leagues

To help minimize the possibility of repetitive sports injury, sign your kids up for different activities that will allow them to perform a variety of movement skills.


Steve Nash video promotes Active for Life

Canadian basketball star Steve Nash talks about why physical literacy is so important in this public service announcement for Active for Life.


Can you guess the one thing that most elite athletes have in common?

Coaches, elite athletes, sport scientists, and medical professionals all weigh in on the merits of the multi-sport approach to sport training.


Why specializing early in one sport is a bad idea

Athlete and sport specialization is a hot topic in long term athlete development for parents who want to pressure their children to become superstar professional athletes, but they should look at late specialization, sport sampling and early diversification rather than early specialization in sport.


Titus, the 2-year-old, basketball-shooting phenomenon

A 2-year-old American boy named Titus has become an Internet sensation because of the video of him sinking incredible trick shots with his basketball.


Size matters when it comes to playing fields for kids

Kids need rinks and playing fields that are age-appropriate. To an 8-year old child, 50 yards feels like 100. So when children play in an adult-sized space, they’re playing on a surface that’s at least twice as big as what they can handle.

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