Game Progression, Small Sided vs 5 on 5
Players want the ball, players need the ball. and most important players should have the ball. Too often recreational league basketball does a disservice to developing basketball players by playing 5 on 5 full court basketball. Skills, decision making, team work and rules are remotely understood or applied at these ages. Often games are dominated by one or two players leaving other players with lost interest and frustration. Developing an interest and fostering it should be the priority and playing half court with limited players is best.
Ball size and rim height are just as important.
Our elementary K - 5th grade should not be playing 5 on 5. USA Basketball does not support this. It's too early for our kids and is a detriment to both interest and development for our young aspiring players. Play 3 on 3 half-court. Focus on fun and getting touches, making touches and learning the game by playing small sided half court basketball.