When playing basketball, it is essential that ballers have the right equipment. Having the right equipment at all times is key to being prepared, staying injury-free, being on top of your game, and having swag on the court! Below are the essential items every baller must have!
Wearing the right gear is important when playing basketball and we can’t stress that enough! A good pair of basketball shorts and t-shirt (or jersey/uniform) are necessary for comfort, preventing sweat, and/or determining what team you’re on.
Pro tip: bring an extra change of clothes to change into so you are fresh at all time!
This is probably the most important item for any basketball player – the shoes. While there are different kinds of basketball shoes that have various features, they must be gentle for the court, maintain traction, and they must protect your ankles. Basketball involves jumping and various rigorous movements which is why it is important to have supportive sneakers to avoid strains and other injuries.
Pro tip: bring extra pairs of socks!
Just how players need proper shoes to avoid injury, protective gear is also important to avoid other bodily injuries. For example, knee and elbow pads help protect a player’s joints should a player fall on the court while mouth guards protect the mouth from any mouth injuries. Goggles are also sometimes worn to not only protect the eye, but also help players see better.
Pro tip: while not essential, compression sleeves help aid muscle recovery!
You never know when you’ll need a ball to practice some drills, your shooting, dribbling, or simply to play a quick game which is why it’s always a good idea to carry one. There are several factors that come into play when choosing a ball, such as weight, size, bounce, and material. For men, the right size is 29.5 to 30 inches while for women, the recommended size is 28.5 inches. For a professional competition, leather balls are essential while a rubber ball is great for practice.
Pro tip: don’t forget a pump and needle! (just in case the ball deflates)
Sports Drink + Snacks
It is so important to hydrate and refuel! To prevent dehydration from all the sweating and physical activity, it is essential to stay hydrated. Drinks with electrolytes and plenty of water will help keep players hydrated, while some light snacks will keep players energized throughout practice or during a game.
Pro tip: bring a refillable water bottle!
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