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Trials & tribulations of recreational basketball

Recreational basketball … like baseball, it’s the great American pastime.

Kids get an opportunity to play, have fun, and experience competition. On the surface, you would think your kid would have a great experience (100% of the time).

Often this is true, but there can be drawbacks. Below, I discuss some of the benefits and drawbacks of recreational basketball.


  • Kid obtains playing time (in competitive setting)
  • Kid meets and engages with new team members, which then contributes to their growth and maturity
  • Opportunity for families to rally around their kid on game days


  • Oftentimes, the basketball coaches are volunteers, who have very little coaching experience
  • Oftentimes, there’s no real skill development plan due to time limitations during practice, or incompetence
  • Oftentimes, talent isn’t evenly distributed across all basketball teams thus making the experience not-so-great for players on lesser-skilled teams

Despite the drawbacks of recreational basketball, I still commend all those who volunteer. They’re on the front line trying to make a difference.

You, as a parent can minimize the drawbacks. This includes your kid participating on a recreational, AAU, middle school, or high school teams.

How?! Be sure your kid has a basketball skill development plan. This will give your kid the greatest probability for success (long term)!


About the author 

Coach Berry

John Berry (a.k.a. Coach Berry) has been a basketball coach and skill development trainer since 1993 and has coached hundreds of games and instructed 1,000’s of kids. Coach Berry is, and always has been committed to helping youth in life and on the basketball court.