Summer is coming and parents will soon be hearing the chorus of “I’m bored!” or “There’s nothing to do!” echoing through the neighborhood. If you’re already dreading having to be the activities director this summer, you may want to consider putting in a basketball court at your house to help keep the kids entertained and busy.
Putting a concrete basketball court in your driveway or side yard makes sense for several reasons. First of all, if the court is at your house, then so are the kids. There are some benefits to being the go-to house on the block. You have control over who is there and what is going on. You will eliminate some of your worries over where your children are, and what they’re doing. Make sure all the neighborhood kids understand what your house rules are regarding language, snacking, etc., and then stick to them. If kids break the rules, send them home with the stipulation that they can come back tomorrow if they want to follow the rules. It will probably only take one or two times of doing this before all the kids realize that you are serious.
A basketball court is also a good choice because it helps our kids to be physically fit. According to the 2007-2008 National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey (NHANES), an estimated 17% of children between the ages of 2-19 are obese. An activity such as basketball appeals to people of all ages, from young children on up to adults and is a great form of exercise. Including activities in our children’s lives that don’t involve electronic gadgets can help them build more balanced lives.
And because basketball has such a multi-generational appeal, it is also the perfect way for your family to get some quality time together this summer. Adding Mom and Dad to the mix can let everyone have fun. Try a game of “Horse” or help the kids perfect their free throw form if everyone needs a break from a regular game.
Finally, a concrete basketball court makes sense if you have a budding basketball star. If your son or daughter is on a school or community league and doing well, it makes sense to have a concrete contractor put in a court so they can practice after school, on the weekends and during the summer. Whether your child becomes the team star or not, all the practice time will pay off in good health and the team building and discipline skills that they learn on the court.
So, before the summer bellyaching can start, call a professional concrete contractor and have them install a basketball court. Purchase a few balls and you’re all set for a family game of hoops!