Parental Guide to Success

The information in this parent’s guide has been prepared by B@B Academy and is intended as a resource for basketball parents.


A parent’s fundamental responsibility is to investigate what is appropriate for your child’s needs and ensure that your child will have a quality learning and participation experience.

Basketball is a complex sport involving intuition, athleticism, strength and basketball fundamentals. Helping your child achieve excellence on the court will require an intentional plan for building basketball skill development.

Parents play a key role in the development of their kids. It is very important to engage effectively with student athletes, and provide specific guidance for speaking, listening, and implementing a communication system. Most importantly, a parent’s role is to support and encourage their child to become the kind of player he or she wants to be and to ensure an enjoyable basketball experience.

It is recommended that a ratio of one game be played for every 2-3 practices. But, that ratio may be higher with young children and may drop with the older children. Your family’s schedule, combined with your child’s other activities must be considered when deciding to play basketball. It will be unfair to everyone concerned when a player cannot make the commitment to the team.

A parent may volunteer to assist the coach. Parents should remember that it is Volunteers who make amateur sports possible for children. Respect the Volunteers in your local community basketball organization and consider a course that will enable you as a parent to become more involved.

Parents should encourage practice of skills at home to help your child gain confidence in their abilities.  The key thing is encourage your child to have FUN while recognizing their limitations. Parents should remember that taking fun out of their child’s sports could lead to the child leaving sports out of resentment of parental pressures and unrealistic expectations.

At B@B Academy we always strive for playing excellence, positive image, ensure growth, provide opportunities, create desire, self-discipline, social competency, and better understanding that will produce winning individuals within the bounds of good sportsmanship while enhancing the mental health of student athletes. We work with the athletes closely developing and enhancing their mental toughness, confidence, focus and goal-setting.

  1. The first step recommend for parents is to help their children to focus on the fundamentals. “Learning the fundamentals accurately is really important for future development.

In basketball, the fundamentals and the basketball mechanics are skills such as shooting, ball handling, techniques of passing, defensive body movement, blocking out, and individual offensive moves. The goal is for the body to immediately perform these skills easily, perfectly, flawlessly under any condition. This requires accurate repetition.

We break each skill into sections which reinforce good habits. We encourage calling out each skill aloud. These training methods ensure fundamentals are learned correctly and lay a solid foundation they need to build their future.

  1. The second recommended area of focus for younger athletes is improving basketball IQ such as court vision, the understanding of spacing and off-ball movement, good decision making when passing, good shot selection, and so forth. Basketball IQ is built over time through many touches and experiences with the ball. Five on five is one of the slowest ways to build basketball IQ.
  2. Third recommendation is for parents to work with their sons or daughters to establish a strength, quickness and vertical training program. Physical strength, quickness and jumping ability require intentional training and outside mentoring.
  3. The fourth recommendation is for parents to find environments and coaches who build courage and love for the game. Harsh environments can strip confidence and leave athletes wanting to quit playing. B@B Academy camps, coaches, programs and teams will help your child become the athlete he or she can be.

Winning is fun, but so is the struggle to improve.

Hardwork (Repetition/Work ethic/Seriousness/Punctual) + Perseverance (attitude to never give up) = Success