As humans, the relationships that we establish with others are fundamental to our mental health and even survival. Youth basketball has the potential to teach young people how to build positive relationships in a number of ways. Positive relationships also contribute to our emotional wellbeing. Relationships can be formed in a myriad of ways, whether it be someone you connected with at the grocery store or a coworker; relationships are formed daily. The key to each relationship is health and positivity. Five things that are critical to any relationship are

  1. Trust
  2. Communication
  3. Respect
  4. Compromise
  5. Responsibility

A young athlete has the ability to strengthen their relationship building skills through basketball, or any sport. Sport is one of the main ways to subconsciously pick up on certain skills to build healthy friendships, which in turn can evolve into forming healthy professional relationships in adulthood.

Sport teaches trust through learning how to trust your skills and practice in order to execute on the court come game time. It also teaches how to trust your coach and the plays they make, while also trusting your teammates to make right move. Athletes learn communication skills when learning how to talk with their teammates on the court. It is key for teammates to be able to communicate with one another in order to win, especially in a team sport like basketball. Communication allows teammates to understand their role and the roles of others as well as understanding the goal of the team. Basketball teams are usually comprised of individuals with different strengths and weaknesses, and communication is essential for success in the game of basketball. Communication ensures that everyone is on the same page and that the work that needs to get done gets done.

When it comes to respect, sport emphasizes on respect in regard to respect for your teammates and celebrating them on their accomplishments. Respect is also seen through sports with coaches, if an athlete does not have respect for their coach then they will most likely fail to improve their skills or succeed in that sport. One of the most important forms of respect in sport is the respect for one’s opponent. This is a skill set that is exclusively taught through sport and a difficult one for athletes to learn. From the pressure of parents to the bad habits taught through “tough” coaches, it is important for athletes to still learn how to win. Sportsmanship is in essence respect and a value that is vital to sport, and we teach both of those values constantly to the youth here at CP3 Basketball Academy.

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