The Difficulties of being a Basketball Parent

Basketball season can be pretty fun for some people. This includes parents. They sport their son or daughters number proudly, sitting in the stands rooting for them. Though it is fun, no one ever said that this job is easy. So, what are some of the difficulties of being a basketball parent?

The first thing is all the things they need. While money is a part of it, and we will get to that, there are the uniforms and the special sneakers. Sometimes finding this stuff gets to be overwhelming. If there is no set uniform when it comes to the socks and shoes, parents know not to get their hopes up. The kids still have something special they would like in mind and the feeling of pressure here is all too common.

Another difficulty they will find is as I mentioned just briefly, the money. You have to have a fee for everything. It can drain a parent’s pocket and can be somewhat of an issue for many parents, yet, it is all worth it if it makes your child happy.

Then there is the physical you have to get. This creates another cost as you have to make a trip to your doctor. He or she might charge an arm and a leg. It never stops just there either. There are more difficulties than that.

For some basketball teams, you have to play out of town and some parents have to take their kids themselves. That is a lot of gas when you really think about it. Some of them are the next state over. It can be time consuming.

This brings us to the next difficulty. Parents want to be at every game. They would love nothing more, but with this day and age and this economy it is pretty hard to make it to every game and some parents feel bad about this. They wish they could make it to all of them. Then on top of it, if you cannot give them a ride, you have to worry about how they will make it to their practice, to their game, and home again. It can be very challenging.

Yes, being a basketball parent is very rewarding because you know of all the things your children are getting. Yet, it can be very difficult to find that balance. You want them to be able to participate, but you have to work and have enough money for bills as well. These are just a few of the things that basketball parents face. There are many more challenges that are big and small just the same.

So, if your child says that they want to play basketball, make sure you know what you are getting into. It is a team effort, both on and off the court. Here you can read what you might just be signing up for among many other things. Are you up for the challenge? Then again, don’t you think the challenge is well worth it? I do.

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