Fitness Friday: Small Ball
Lil D participates in a basketball program through our local community centre. It’s the only basketball program in this end of the city that caters to children as young as five years old.
Derek loves basketball. He plays four times a week in three men’s leagues and one organized run.
He felt that waiting through the first five years of Lil D’s life to see him on the basketball court was plenty. He combed the city and sent out emails to all his basketball connections. Lucky for us, he found Small Ball right here in our neighbourhood.
It doesn’t seem to be a particularly popular program, at least compared to the community centre’s other programs which fill up (fast), but it is fantastic.
The Small Ball program was created by Canada Basketball in conjunction with the Provincial and Territorial Basketball Organizations and NBA Canada. From late September through December we watched the 5 to 7-year-old boys and girls go from uncoordinated ball bouncers to dribbling wizards moving through obstacle courses and shooting quasi lay-ups.
And they ran. For an hour they ran. Lil D was red-faced and happy at the end of each session.
Though basketball isn’t the most popular sport among Canadian children, it has these perks for families:
1) It needs little equipment.
2) It is played in a heated gym.
3) It provides a serious workout which works on agility, balance, coordination, strength, power, speed and endurance.
4) It is not played in a cold arena.
5) Registration fees are less than half those of hockey.
We’ve just registered for the winter session at Lil D’s request. Derek is so pleased.