The squeak of shoes on the hardwood court, the repeated thud of the ball against the ground, the faintly discernible “swish” when the ball sails through the net—basketball has its own unmistakable soundtrack.
Overland Park is home to a number of basketball courts, including two indoor courts at Matt Ross and Tomahawk Ridge community centers. Additionally, outdoor courts are located in several parks. Check the City of Overland Park’s website for additional information, including park locations.
Drive5, an official USA Basketball Youth Development Organization, is a go-to destination for both player development and tournaments. Using techniques that include academy sessions, one-on-one training, consistent evaluation and communication, and daily accessibility to practice courts, Drive5 works diligently to fulfill a single purpose: “help youth players reach their full potential in basketball,” according to the facility. Drive5 also hosts a number of youth tournaments throughout the year, giving players more time to compete and further refine their skills.
Speaking of tournaments, the Blue Valley Recreation Complex also organizes youth basketball tournaments, which are often played in gyms throughout Overland Park’s Blue Valley School District.
And if you’re craving more fast-paced, on-court action, make plans to head to nearby downtown Kansas City and explore The College Basketball Experience. The high-energy, interactive facility includes informative exhibits like the Gallery of Honor of the National Collegiate Basketball Hall of Fame and Mentor’s Circle, a sculpture and video screen that features prominent coaches recognizing their mentors. Plus, you can get off the bench and into the game on Center Court, open for free play to visitors (unless otherwise noted). Or play Beat the Clock and see if you can make a high-pressure shot before time runs out. Visitors can also step behind the announcer’s desk and practice their announcing, color commentary and post-game wrap-up skills.
See you on the court!