Outdoor Basketball Equipment

Written by Jeremy Horelick
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Playing on outdoor basketball equipment is a great luxury if your climate allows for it. Unfortunately, much of the top half of the country spends half the year blanketed under feet of snow, while most cities in the lower portion are simply too hot and sticky for six months at a time. Your only hope of playing on outdoor courts may be in relocating to the geographical center of the U.S.

Why is it so important to polish your skills on outdoor basketball equipment? Well, there are several reasons. First, outdoor courts are generally less accommodating than gymnasiums, meaning players often have a narrower margin of error on their shots. "Tight" rims are almost always found on playground courts and blacktops, as are crooked hoops, cracked backboards, and shoddy nets. Master the challenging outdoor game, and you'll be amazed at your improvement once you head inside.

More Advantages of Playing on Outdoor Basketball Equipment

Weather conditions pose another threat to players who "pick up" on outdoor courts. While it's foolish (not to mention next to impossible) to play in a blizzard, there are real benefits to learning to play ball in wind, cold, heat, and even rain (just be sure to watch your step on slick courts). Basketball requires players to compensate for all sorts of obstacles, be it noisy and inhospitable fans, seven-foot forwards, or the occasional gust of wind. Doing so will only make you a stronger player.

Finally, one of the most important reasons for investing in or simply playing on outdoor basketball equipment is practice, practice, practice. There are times when a nice warm (or cool) gymnasium is impossible to find or when its hoops are all taken. Playing outdoors opens up a slew of additional courts on which you can practice and play when you're really itching to do so rather than go home and wait for one to open up later.

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