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Basketball, The Positions

Point guards direct the team when on offense and cover the guards on defense. They are usually the shortest players on the team, but their quickness, ball-handling and passing ability, and ability to make steals (i.e. intercept) balls make up them very important players, despite their lack of height.

Buying a Basketball

A basketball is a typically a synthetic sphere with slightly raised bumps for traction. The ball is sized according to league and gender. Youth basketball (ages 8-12) usually use a basketball, 28.5-29 inches in circumference, with a weight of 18-20 oz. High School girls use the same size, while high school boys us a ball 29-30 inches in circumference with a weight of 20-22 oz.

Buying Optional Protection

Optional Protection

There are a few pieces of protection that may be a good idea to wear. Elbow pads prevent unintended contact from injuring other players. Knee pads can be a good idea to protect the knees in falls. Oftentimes goggles or face masks are worn to protect the eyes, or the face and nose from being re-injured.

Buying Mouth Guards

Mouth guards or "mouth pieces" not only protect the wearer's teeth, tongue and lips, but help protect against head injuries such as concussions. Depending on specific regulations, the mouth pieces should be worn at all times during play. The mouthpiece must be a highly visible color and is mandatory.

Buying Basketball Apparel

Uniforms should include socks, loose fitting shorts and a jersey.

Basketball Sneakers: What Parents Need To Know

Basketball shoes are specially designed high tops that provide good ankle support and excellent traction on the court.

Five Myths about Youth Baseball and Softball

As a youth baseball coach for the last six years, I come to realize that there are a lot of myths about coaching. Here are my top five...

Five Myths about Youth Baseball and Softball

As a youth baseball coach for the last six years, I come to realize that there are a lot of myths about coaching. Here are my top five, along with a way to ensure that everyone had fun, not just during practices, but games as well.

Landmark Decision Allowed Girls to Play Little League

Over thirty years ago, Little League Baseball was changed forever - a change that eventually would allow millions of girls to participate in the world's largest organized youth sports program.

All-Star Team Selection: A Better, Fairer Way?

To say that politics and favoritism are often involved in the selection of all-star teams in youth sports would be an understatement, but making the selection process fairer is easier said than done.

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