School is back in session, the leaves are changing, and football is in full swing, which means basketball season is around the corner. Is your athlete ready for hoops? The StriveFar team and our coaches are ready for the basketball season to start!
We created a simple list of ”must haves” to make sure your athlete has the proper equipment for tryouts, practice, and games. We sprinkled in our product favorites in each category. Enjoy, and if we missed anything, let us know.
Buy A Basketball
Never show up to tryouts or practice without a ball. Always keep it in your bag because you never know when you will need it. When purchasing a basketball you have the option to choose between an indoor basketball and indoor/outdoor basketball. The difference is the material that is used for each type of ball.
Indoor balls are usually more expensive starting around $50.00. The ball is made out of leather, which makes the grip softer to the touch and easier to handle. Indoor balls should never be used outside because the rough outdoor surface will destroy the leather.
Indoor/Outdoor basketballs are less expensive starting under $20.00. The basketball needs to be able to withstand the abuse of the outdoor elements such as concrete, asphalt and water. The indoor/outdoor ball is made with a synthetic/composite material and is generally rougher to the touch.
Water bottles come in all shapes and sizes and the price varies based on material, quality and brand. Make sure you bring a water bottle to practice and games. Size and quality are important when selecting a water bottle. Make sure it does not leak, is “dishwasher safe” and holds enough water. There is nothing worse than a bag full of wet shoes and clothes due to a faulty water bottle.
Basketball shoes come in low-top, mid-top and high-top options. Low-top is becoming more popular at the high school and college level because they weigh less and provide better performance. Mid and high-top shoes provide better ankle support. It is important to wear basketball specific shoes; normal tennis shoes can’t handle the lateral movement and overall stress caused when playing basketball.
Picking basketball shoes can be frustrating and expensive. There are countless basketball brands, styles and models ranging from $25.00 – $400+. Get ready to learn about Kyrie, KD, CP3, Hyper dunk, SC, Jumpman, and the iconic Jordan.
No kid EVER laces up his or her shoes prior to entering the gym for fear of a scuff or untimely encounter with water. This requires a proper basketball bag to transport the basketball, socks, water bottle, and basketball shoes…. The top brands are from Under Armour, Adidas, and Nike. If possible, purchase a bag large enough to hold a basketball and with a separate compartment to store stinky socks and shoes.
EXTRAS: Not required but nice to have basketball gear
Dribbling glasses have not changed in 30 years, a simple piece of plastic with an elastic band. The purpose of the glasses is to keep the player from looking down at the ball, forcing the player to dribble by feel. The glasses improve ball control and court awareness. This is an inexpensive purchase that will help your athlete improve their game.
We like the glasses from SKLZ
Stay ahead of the game and avoid being the parent who shows up at practice with a flat basketball. You may not see it, but the coach is rolling his eyes! Pumps range from inexpensive to moderately expensive. It is true, you get what you pay for with a pump. If you make the investment, don’t go cheap. We recommend the Under Armour pump with the inflation gauge. It is more expensive but worth it!
Parents, invest in a good chair. You will spend numerous hours at the gym sitting on uncomfortable bleachers with no back support. A stadium chair with the appropriate team colors will improve the experience. There are different colors and styles to choose but overall they are all very similar in price. Yes, it might be embarrassing carrying it to the event but your posture will thank you for the investment.