Many young basketball players dream of playing like LeBron James, dunking the basketball, throwing alley-oops, swooshing 3-pointers and winning the game on a last-second shot. The problem is, with a short stature and a limited skill set, children can't live out those dreams on a 10-foot basketball rim. In fact, many children younger than 10 lack the strength required to propel a regulation-sized basketball to a rim that's so high.
The best way to give a child confidence that they will one day soar through the air like professional ball players is to adjust the rim and size of the basketball according to his or her age and height. These adjustments will not only make the game more fun, but also allow a child to work on shooting and dribbling techniques.