While most leagues require players to show up to a game with clean shoes, those rules typically don't keep all of the dirt and grime off the basketball court. That dirt and grime is not just unsightly -- it can also make the court more slippery, which can lead to less control of the ball. If you're in the middle of a game, you won't have much time to thoroughly clean your shoes, but you will be able to do some quick cleaning that can help you maintain control on the court.
Moisten a towel with water and apply a small amount of mild soap before the game starts.
Wring out the towel so it does not contain a lot of excess moisture. While you'll be able to use the towel to wipe off your shoes, you don't want them ending up so slippery that they'll cause you to slip.
Place the wet towel -- and another dry towel -- under your chair or spot on the bench.
Wait for a time out or a time when you're not playing to sit down and wipe off the bottom of your shoes with the moist towel. If you have time, you can also wipe the tops off with the wet towel for cosmetic purposes.
Dry the bottom and top of your shoes with the dry towel, to ensure you don't walk back out onto the court with wet shoes.
- You may also have seen players spitting on their hands and then wiping the bottoms of their shoes during timeouts or breaks in the game. In a pinch, you can do this too -- but then you'll just be replacing the dirt on your shoes with dirt on your hands.
- You can also keep a packet of wet wipes under the bench to wipe off your shoes. Since those wipes often contain alcohol, the moisture will likely dry quickly. However, check with your league first to make sure they allow this type of cleaning solution to be used during games.