Competition is something that is simply a part of life. We face competition in academics, the workplace, the line at the buffet and, yes, athletics. The fact of the matter is that competition is an ever-present reality and regular part of life.
It only makes sense, that children should experience competition one way or another before reaching the real world. Sports is a great place to be exposed to it.
The issue is that competition in sports can be taken to extreme levels that make the playing field (or court) uneven.
Have you ever experienced unfair competition, where it was clear that someone was far more experienced or skilled for the intended purpose of the league?
It is a sad reality, but youth sports are full of stories of older players playing in younger leagues and a myriad of other techniques that seek a competitive advantage on the court or field. So, an important thing to think to consider is the kind of league to choose for youth sports.
National Junior Basketball is an excellent option for growing a healthy level of competitive spirit, an appreciation for the game of basketball, and the tools to take your child’s skills to the next level.
National Junior Basketball is a nonprofit organization that was founded in 1984 by Dennis Murphy, Jr. As a coach at Garden Grove High School in Orange County, California, Murphy had the vision of creating a youth basketball league based on sportsmanship and player development.
Every aspect of the league is structured and requires certifications for coaches and referees. Players are required to have a NJB ID card as proof of age for the division they are assigned.
The core of the organization is centered on the Divisional Play Program that is open for all boys and girls who wish to participate and are in 2nd through 8th grade.
For individuals with an advanced skill set, the All-Net Program acts as a supplement to the Divisional Program for those in 4th through 8th grade. The program provides additional training to prepare them for high school basketball in the future.