Basketball is one of the most underrated sports in India. It’s mostly played in metro cities and a handful of tournaments at school and college level means that it remains a fringe sport. Players like Satnam Singh and Sim Bhullar are breaking stereotypes in Basketball in India but there’s still a long way to go for India to become a basketball powerhouse. Meanwhile, here are some reasons why it makes sense to play Basketball regularly while still in school and college.
1. It’s Not Just A Team Sport; Basketball Provides Equal opportunities For Individual Plays Too
Very few team sports compliment individual brilliance on court/field as Basketball does. There are passages of plays during a basketball game in which individuals get the opportunity to put the team ahead which makes it all the more interesting.
2. The Game Requires Both Offense And Defense Skills
The game is played in a court with length of just 20 meters and therefore you can go from defense to offense by quick counter plays within seconds. This quality in a sport is very important for young kids because it’s important to understand both strategies which are frequently required in the real world.
3. It’s Participatory
Since there are only five players in each team, Basketball thus provides equal chance to every player to participate unlike Cricket or Football.
4. Basketball Makes You More Focused And Agile
The game requires athleticism, skill, discipline and thus makes a player more focused and agile.
5. It Helps You Develop A Competitive Character
The game is fast paced wherein quick baskets keep the score-board ticking; Basketball thus inculcates a competitive character in a child with an inbuilt mechanism to keep moving forward, no matter how difficult the road ahead is.
6. Because It’s A Physical Sport And Yet Requires Quick On-Court Strategies
Be it a steal, a rebound or winning those loose balls, Basketball requires on-spot quick fixes which develop a sense of urgency in completing a play on the court and tasks off of it.
7. It’s Much More Fun to Play Than Watch
Basketball is an exciting sport and one of handful of other sports that are much more fun to play on the court than to watch on TV. So, what are you waiting for pick up the ball and bounce it on the hoop!