What parents need to know
Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that NBA Hoop Troop is a basketball fan site loaded with quality content for kids who love to play the game and watch NBA games. Kids can learn how to throw a perfect chest pass, play games (like matching NBA stars' baby pictures to their grown-up likenesses), build their own "Amazing Arena," or check the latest stats of a favorite player or team. On the downside, there are a lot of ads here and, let's face it, the entire site is one big ad for the NBA targeted at kids who, on the younger end of the recommended site ages (6 to 12), may not understand that.
Is it any good?
NBA Hoop Troop celebrates all that's good about the sport and leaves out the bad behavior and trash talk. Despite the heavy focus on team promotion and ads, this site is still a very worthwhile place for young basketball fans -- both boys and girls -- to watch videos, play games, and read all about the sport. One of the really cool things about this site is that it includes video tutorials that picture female players as the instructors, and it has a partnership with the WNBA (although the NBA is clearly the star of the show). There's even a "shot list" for kids to print off and try to complete in real life, helping kids get active.
Explore, discuss, enjoy
Families can talk about how playing sports -- not just watching professionals play them -- can help keep your entire family healthy and happy. Print off the shot sheet on this site and have a friendly competition at the nearest basketball court.
Ask your child what they think about their favorite NBA players' behavior and attitude on and off the court. Are they good role models? What players show particularly good sportsmanship and character? What about the players who aren't making the best choices in life? Read Common Sense Media's advice for parents When Good Role Models Go Bad.