Friday night we got a cheap, used basketball hoop–the rollaway kind where you fill up the base with water–and Clay loves it. The little scorecards above are his record of the shots he made the first day we had it. (Shots made, not points scored.) I should mention that I lowered the rim to about 8.5 ft or so. He’d make about 3-4 shots, then run over to the notepad to mark them down.
He does pretty well on regulation 10′ hoops, too; I lowered it because I want him to develop good form first.*
Watching your kid keep trying at something challenging is one of the great experiences of parenthood. It’s great fun to join him in a little shootaround, but I also love watching from the window as he fires up shot after shot. He smiles, scowls, talks to himself, chases the ball all over, tries goofy stuff like firing it up through the net.
Thirty-five dollars well spent.
* Also I can make like Shaquille O’Neal :-)