Is a Smart Basketball Worth It?

Posted on Mar 29, 2023 by Dribbleup Academy
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Is a Smart Basketball Worth It? 

This is a question many parents ask themselves when considering this innovative product for their kids. So, what’s the verdict? Is a Smart Basketball worth it? 

If you ask one of the 7,965 verified reviews for the Dribbleup Smart Basketball (as of 3/29/2023), the answer is likely to be a resounding "YES!" In fact, 93% of people have rated our Smart Basketball four stars or higher.

But what exactly makes the Dribbleup Smart Basketball worth the price? For some parents, it's the convenience of having an on-demand virtual basketball trainer at home. This is a handy and cost-effective way for kids to build their skills between games and practices while eliminating the hassle of going back and forth from the gym. With the Dribbleup Smart Basketball (and companion app), kids can practice their basketball skills from the comfort of their own homes.

In this article, we'll dive into a few other top reasons why Dribbleup members think this ball is worth it. From its ability to help kids build confidence and stay active, to its fun and engaging app, we'll explore the many benefits of the Dribbleup Smart Basketball. 

So, whether you're a parent considering a basketball for your child or you’re just curious about this innovative product, keep reading to find out why the Dribbleup Smart Basketball is worth the investment.

preview of Young boy practices in his driveway at home.Young boy practices in his driveway at home.

A virtual basketball trainer for a fraction of the cost

Let's face it, private basketball trainers are expensive. This type of one-on-one instruction can run anywhere between $50 and $150 per session. If your child has one session per week, that adds up to $200 to $600 per month. 

The Dribbleup Smart Basketball offers a cost-effective alternative without skimping on quality. 

The ball is priced at just $49.99 (on sale from $99.99 until 5/31/2023), and the All-Access membership to hundreds of drills on the Dribbleup app comes out to $16.99 per month. That's unlimited access to instruction from virtual trainers, which can be done from the convenience of your own home. 

The savings are significant. Let's do the math: the Dribbleup Smart Basketball and a full year's membership to the app can cost less than 2–to–4 sessions with a private trainer. Let that sink in. That doesn't even consider the time and gas money saved by not driving back and forth from the gym. 

preview of Young girl practices in her driveway with the Smart Basketball.Young girl practices in her driveway with the Smart Basketball.

The convenience alone makes a Smart Basketball worth it

Your kids can work on their basketball skills whenever they wish. Making dinner? The kids could pull up a quick 20-minute dribbling session on the Dribbleup app. Bad weather outside? No access to a gym? No problem! Dribbleup members use the Smart Basketball on all kinds of hard surfaces, even low-pile carpets. 

There’s no need to scramble around town dropping off and picking kids up from training sessions. It's like having a (virtual) personal trainer come to your house whenever you want. Turn your kids’ spare time into a fun and engaging practice session. 

After all, repetition is the best way to build basketball skills. The Dribbleup Smart Basketball makes it possible to get quality training whenever and wherever you want. And because there are so many drill combinations and lessons for different skill levels, your kids can constantly learn new things to improve.

preview of Young boy practicing in his living room with the Smart Basketball.Young boy practicing in his living room with the Smart Basketball.

The Dribbleup Smart Basketball is ready out of the box

You don’t need to be a tech wizard to set up the Dribbleup Smart Basketball. Once your ball arrives, you can get started in a few simple steps: 

  1. Download the Dribbleup app.

  2. Create your account. 

  3. Scan the ball into the app. 

Wait, that’s it? We told you it was simple! Once the ball is scanned into the app, you can select a drill (arranged by skill level) and get to practicing! 

Using computer vision technology, the camera on your phone or tablet tracks the Smart Basketball’s movements. At the same time, a coach on screen teaches kids new moves, dribble combinations, and leads them through exciting drills — like an augmented reality video game!

This is especially helpful for kids looking to grasp the fundamentals. They can see themselves on-screen and make adjustments to their technique as they go. It also encourages kids to keep their heads up while dribbling, which is a crucial skill for in-game situations! 

The app places targets on-screen for kids to hit, adding an element of gamification to the experience. By hitting these targets, kids earn points and climb the leaderboard, which can be a motivating factor for many children.

preview of Young kid practicing his basketball dribbling in the garage.Young kid practicing his basketball dribbling in the garage.

Productive, fun, and healthy use of screen time

The Dribbleup Smart Basketball can help get kids off the couch and into the game in just a matter of seconds. 

By offering an engaging and interactive experience, kids are more likely to spend time practicing their basketball skills rather than scrolling through social media or playing video games. It’s a win-win! 

Ultimately, a Smart Basketball will help your child use their screen time for good by building confidence, getting physically fit, and reaching their goals. By combining technology with physical activity in a fun and engaging way, you can help your child develop a lifelong love of basketball and healthy living.

preview of Boy practicing at the basketball gym with the Smart Basketball.Boy practicing at the basketball gym with the Smart Basketball.

Build confidence at your own pace

Basketball can be an intimidating sport for beginners, especially when it comes to high-pressure practice and game situations. Kids may feel overwhelmed in those environments, which can make it hard to focus on building their skills. This is where the ball and companion mobile app comes in.

The app provides a safe and comfortable space for kids to become more familiar with the ball on their own terms. Kids can start as beginners and go as slow or fast as they like, gaining confidence along the way. This is a significant benefit for parents who want their children to build their basketball skills at their own pace and in a private, relaxed setting.

With the app's real-time video feedback and gamification features, kids can see their progress and receive positive reinforcement for their efforts. In turn, this can help build confidence and make them feel more comfortable when it comes time to join a team or participate in games.

preview of Young girl selecting a practice session to take on the Dribbleup app.Young girl selecting a practice session to take on the Dribbleup app.

Try the Dribbleup Smart Basketball today!

With 7,965 reviews and a 4.7/5 star rating (as of 3/29/23), your child will love practicing at home with this training tool. So stop wondering if a Smart Basketball is worth it and see for yourself!

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