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What to Bring with You to the Basketball Court

What You Need Before Stepping onto a Basketball Court

There is no feeling quite like stepping onto a basketball court before you’re about to play a big game. The brightness of the lights, the unmistakable scent of floor polish, and the overall excitement and intensity in the air give basketball games and basketball tournaments such a rush. But before you get to experience that rush of excitement, you have to prepare for the game. Here is everything you need before you step onto a basketball court to play.

Uniform

You can’t step onto a basketball court to play a game without your uniform! Having your uniform with you is possibly the most important thing to remember when heading to your basketball game. Make sure it’s washed and clean and ready to go in your game bag before you head out the door.

Shoes

The uniform may be the most important thing to have for your basketball game, but shoes are a close second. There are shoes specifically designed to be worn on a basketball court to give the best traction and to protect the floors themselves. These shoes should only be worn on the court and in the locker room, so keep them in your bag until it’s game time.

Hydration

Staying hydrated is incredibly important during a basketball game. While it can be tempting to buy a sports drink, nothing can replace the hydration of good old-fashioned water. Bring a few bottles in your game bag or bring a reusable bottle that you can refill at halftime.

Protective Gear

Wearing protective gear may not be the coolest look on the basketball court, but in the long run it’s definitely worth it. From knee pads to mouthguards and protective eye gear, using equipment that reduces the chances of injury in a game is a smart move. You can even get padded compression sleeves for your legs and arms if you don’t want a brace or pad.

Clothes to Change Into After

Trust us when we say that you’ll definitely be sweaty after giving it your all on the basketball court. Pack some extra clothes to change into after the game so you don’t have to be in your sweaty uniform on the way home. You — and everyone in the car with you — will be grateful you planned ahead.

A Good Attitude On and Off the Basketball Court

Besides the gear you need to play your best, having a good attitude on the basketball court is an absolute must. Playing basketball can be frustrating and you may not agree with every play or every call made by a referee, but that doesn’t mean you need to lose your cool. Practice good sportsmanship both on and off the court, especially at Rocky Mount.

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