Totally new-for-us this last month was something that I wish we would have done sooner, but I think our kids are finally at just-the-right age. Just like the ole days (at least for me!) we spent a recent, wintery Friday night in a brightly-lit high school gymnasium, rockin it out at a high school basketball game. And it was a total blast. Maddy, Owen, and Cora had so much fun that we all want to return sooner rather than later, and the following week we even hit a local colleges gymnastics competition. Were addicted to local sports. And its not a bad thing. Heres the skinny. . . High School Basketball GamesWhy Families Should Go: There are probably a good dozen or so reasons why families should take some time out to support local sports, but I whittled it down to three. 1. The Teamwork. Theres some serious teamwork going on at high school basketball gamesor at least there should be. And even if youre not watching a stellar team full of future NCAA or NBA stars, a good coach should run a team tightly, with a whole lot of cheering and support for each other. Most teams now have chants or little team-building rituals that are great for our little guys to see. It not only gives them something to aim for down the road (Wouldnt it be awesome if I were part of a team like that?!), but it gives them something to talk to the big guys about next time they see them in the neighborhood. 2. The Big Kids. Cmon, guys, really, theres no reason to fear big kids and Im not even saying that because I was a high school English teacher. Big As parents of young children, Im realizing first-hand how important it is to find responsible, creative, fun big kids as role models for my own little ones. Part of the reason that Maddy, Owen, and Cora all love their summertime swim team is because of their coacheswho just happen to be local high school and middle school kids. And to see those very same big kids shooting hoops on the high school courtor cheering or dancing or playing in the bandis so totally beyond cool for them. 3. The Excitement. Especially now, later in the season, these games are surprisingly exciting. And Im not even that big of a sports gal. But when it comes down to the semi-finals and finalsadd two rival teams from across townthere is a buzz in the air. Theres usually a mostly-full gymnasium, and often schools even bring out the band or dance squad. Its really cool. Loud, yesbut cooland so exciting for our little ones to see. Are there more reasons we should support local sports? Ohmygosh yes! But these are just a few off the top of my head. Should parents be on the watch for some crazy outfits, some nuts language, and maybe some on-the-court arguments? Yep. But isnt that life? Talk about some perfect teachable moments about topics that might not otherwise arise in the safety of your own home, right? So google your local high school, check the basketball schedule, and head on out there! Stretch bedtime for one night, and enjoy watching the stars in your kiddos eyes. Buy em some popcorn and Skittles, and theyll talk about it for weeks to come. And then? Try the less-popular sports, a debate match, or a drama production. The skys the limit. Just enjoy the family time and the new-for-you fun! Pin ItThe post high school basketball games: why families should go appeared first on teach mama.