Recently parents and athletes have been opting out of playing Basketball and training outside because of the "dangers". This is especially true this year with the extreme heat wave we have been hit with. However there are ways to reduce the risks. 

"It's too hot!"
During mid day the sun is at its peak, there for it will be hot outside. However in the mornings and evenings it is usually much cooler outside.

"There are bad people out there" 
This is the case, there are "bad people" out there, however there is an easy solution to this problem, watch over your athlete and if he is old enough to train/play basketball at the park alone provide him/her with a cell phone.   

Training outside has many benefits, there's hills, sand (beaches), and so much more. So go train outside and have fun!