Information for parents

It’s great that your child wants to get active, have fun and develop a whole load of life skills by playing sport – but as a parent we know it can be a bit daunting.
Questions such as: ‘Where do they start? What level do they need to be? How will I know they are safe? Where are the friendly junior clubs? How much is this going to cost me?’ are all running through your head.
Well in this section, hopefully we will be able to answer all of those and highlight all the main things you should be considering when your child starts playing basketball with NASSA.

Where do they start?
NASSA is open to all ages and all abilities, so come along to a session and see how everyone in the NASSA family has fun. We’ll give your child the opportunity to discover how great a sport basketball is.

What level do they need to be?
Whether your child wants to be the next LeBron James or just wants to have fun playing basketball, we welcome everyone with open arms and open minds.

How will I know they are safe?
Safeguarding is and always has been one of NASSA’s key priorities. The charity was set up in 2006 to give local young people the chance to play sport in a safe haven. Our coaches, staff and parent volunteers are all CRB-checked.

Where are the friendly junior clubs?
We can’t speak for anyone else, but every one of our players considers themselves a member of the NASSA family. We encourage our older players to mentor our younger ones.

How much is this going to cost me?
Membership, training session fees and game fees can be found here (link to Membership and Training Costs page). But if you’re new, why not and come along for a few weeks and try it for free?

Code of practice for parents/carers

• Encourage your child to learn the rules and play within them.
• Discourage unfair play and arguing with officials.
• Help your child to recognise good performance, not just results.
• Never force your child to take part in sport.
• Set a good example by recognising fair play and applauding good performances of all.
• Never punish or belittle a child for losing or making mistakes.
• Publicly accept officials’ judgements.
• Support your child’s involvement and help them to enjoy their sport.
• Use correct and proper language at all times.
• Encourage and guide players to accept responsibility for their own performance and behaviour.