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5 Life Lessons Kids Learn from Basketball

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Life Lessons Kids Learn from Basketball

Basketball teaches kids a lot more than how to shoot a basketball or how to use a pick-and-roll. There are a lot of life lessons kids will learn on their journey. You can make a difference in your kid's long-term life by involving them and helping them learn the lessons listed below:


1. It's Okay to Make Mistakes

There will be many instances when kids make mistakes during games, or practice. A good coach reassures the players that it's okay to make mistakes. These mistakes turn into learning experiences over the period of time.



2. Setting & Achieving Goals


Basketball is a great sport to learn how to set goals and determine how to go about it with no repercussions if they fall short or fail. The sport teaches kids how to reach those goals by breaking them down.

3. Together Everyone Achieves More

Players learn that the best chance of success will be through cooperation with their teammates, and the results are the same whether its on the court or in school. They also learn social skills by interacting with and meeting new people with similar interests. 


4. Handling Disappointment

Lot of times kids practice so very hard for a game but fail to succeed. Kids learn to take those losses and extract the learning out of them. Failure then becomes a temporary setback from which they improve performance. 


5. Respecting Everyone


Through basketball kids learn the importance of respecting those around them. This not only includes the coaches and referees but also their teammates, the opposition and everyone else involved.

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Upper West Side Kids Baskeball Programs

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The Upper West Side is really the central location for much of NYC Basketball Kids Program. Eleven 1 week day camps are held each summer at John Jay College on 59th and 10th. These camps are open to boys and girls of all skill levels ages 5-17. You can see a full camp schedule here.


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Throughout the year we also offer multiple 1 day clinics featuring local NBA players or NBA stars from teams outside the city. Our philosophy with these programs is to give kids an unforgettable experience that reinforces the best lessons they learn through camps, classes, and year round training.


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Beyond camps and clinics we offer instructional classes and lessons that are convenient for Upper West Side Residents on a year round basis. Each week we offer Saturday lessons for kids ages 4-14 at Saint Vincent Ferrer HS on 65th & Lex and we plan to add Upper West Side Locations for these classes in September 2016.  You can read more about our instructional classes and you can view our schedule of these classes here.


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We also offer flexible options for private lessons that can be held anywhere on the Upper West Side. Among other locations in the neighborhood, NYC Basketball regularly uses Trevor Day School on 88th and Central Park West.

We're excited about all of our UWS offerings and we're thrilled to have 100s of players from many different schools on the UWS as part of the program. We look forward to adding more local locations and exciting events in the near future.

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NYC Basketball Kids is very excited to announce the first annual C.J. McCollum Camp! C.J. McCollum was drafted 10th overall by The Portland Trail Blazers in the 2013 NBA Draft. Since taking over as starting shooting guard this season, C.J. has excelled and averaged 20.9 points, 4.2 assists, & 3.4 rebounds per game. Now he wants YOU to come to his summer camp on August 8th-12th to learn what it takes to be a NBA player! With C.J.’s help, our top-notch coaching staff with work with all campers to raise their game to the next level.

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