The Sporting Goods Manufacturers Association reports that basketball is America’s most favorite team sport. As of 2008, the number of Americans who play basketball has risen to 26 million, with nine million of those between the ages of six and 54 playing 52 days or more a year. Those who do not play basketball are likely to watch the games. The AC Nielson Company reports that the number of NBA and NCAA games aired on network television more than doubled between 1976 and 1988. The sport is not only popular in the US but in other countries as well.
Basketball has become a favorite sport because it’s fast moving and exciting. The score can drastically change in the blink of an eye. You can play alone, one on one, or with a group. It can be played indoors or outdoors. Best of all, its good for you in many ways. In addition to aerobic training, sport-specific skills are practiced. Moreover, the benefits go beyond physical. “Athletics mirrors life, measuring success not by winning or losing, but by improving.” It teaches us to work together toward a common goal, and you deal with success and failure which are all apart of training and a part of life.
Today, in most basketball leagues and tournaments, the taller players are the first chosen even if their basketball skills are not well polished. There’s a popular saying, “you can’t coach height.” The meaning being, the taller you are the better the odds of you being selected on the team. According to the NBA’s 2009-2010 roster, only 2 (two) player are 5’9” or shorter and only 2 (two) others under six feet. This being the fact, there are a lot of very skilled basketball players who are denied the opportunity of league play because of being too short! The ALL NETS 5’9” @ 9′ basketball league will expose those players and launch the much needed league. With the rim lowered to 9-foot, this will be a FASTER PACED, HIGH FLYING, EXCITEMENT FILLED GAME THAT FANS WOULD LOVE.