Practically ever since JJ was born I’ve thought that some sort of sport would be good for him. Well not just for him, for practically any kid. As he’s become older and I’ve seen he is very active and can’t sit still for very long it’s confirmed my belief that sport would be good for him. Organised sports for kids don’t seem to start here until they’re about seven or eight but there are plenty of programs they can do to get their feet wet.
Until now, none of them suited me because I couldn’t take him or because they were too early on a Sunday morning. I do realise that if he does continue with sport it won’t always be convenient, but at this stage of his life it needs to suit both of us so we have some chance of continuing.
So last week we went along to a basketball program that Aussie Hoops organises. It’s for kids aged 5-12 with some or no experience in basketball, it was at a convenient time so off we went.
The registration included their very own basketball and a basketball singlet. This is a stroke of genius, or just commonsense, on their part because with their very own basketball and uniform they can look and act like a basketballer after class is over.
The class goes for 45 minutes and they start of with simple exercises like walking up and down the court bouncing the ball. They then practised throwing hoops (JJ got a couple in by the way), and then they had a game.
This was the entertaining part of the whole thing. I sat on the sidelines nearly wetting myself laughing. A couple of kids had some idea what they were doing but most of them didn’t so I couldn’t see the ball for all the kids trying to get it. JJ was about the only one who didn’t get in amongst the action, but stood outside the back with his arms spread wide so the ball wouldn’t get past him. He’ll make a good defence person (I don’t know the correct terminology here).
Not that I want to throw my expectations upon him, but I think he’ll be good at basketball. I’m pretty sure he’ll be tall enough. His dad is 6 foot 6 and JJ has always been near the 100th percentile for his height.
Suffice to say that JJ really enjoyed himself and can’t wait to go back next week. All weekend I had to put up with a bouncing ball sound outside the house and we found some basketball rings in the area and shot some hoops with each other. So it’s a good mother and son bonding exercise too.