What’s cuter than a group of sweet little kids all wearing the same little uniform running around a field playing sports? Answer- nothing. There is a wide variety of options when it comes to organized sports. So how do you know if organized sports are right for your child? And if you think you want to give it a go, what sport should they play?
Organized sports can help kids grow and learn in many ways. Sports offer kids the chance to learn and master skills. They also offer them the opportunity to work with their peers and coaches and provide fun challenges. Sports provide a fun way for your child to get lots of exercise, too.
Before you sign your child up for sports, you should factor in your kid’s personality and skill level. Not every sport is right for every child. Take cues from your child. If they are really good at a certain sport, go with that. If they generally have a lot of interest in something, let them try it. Don’t be surprised if it takes awhile before your child finds the sport that is right for them. They may be sure they’ve found the one and then end up hating it. That’s okay because each sport will still teach your child valuable lessons.
There are a few programs that young kids can participate in but the majority of sports are aimed at kids six years and older. This is because that is the age that kids start to develop the appropriate physical skill sets that they need for sports. This doesn’t mean that younger kids can’t play sports, just that the sports should be less about competition and winning and more for good old fun and exercise.
Make sure that if your child is playing organized sports that they still have time to study and do all of their homework. Of course they are also going to want plenty of time to play with friends and family so everything has to fit in. Organized sports don’t only take up time for children, they also take up the whole family’s time. Make sure someone is available to take your child to all their practices and pick them up and be at their games. Choose a sport that fits in well with the schedule you and your family already have.
Once you’ve found your child’s perfect sport, make sure to take them in for a physical exam to make sure they are fit to play and always make sure they wear all appropriate sports gear for protection. Sports are ultimately designed to have fun. Playing an organized sport should be something that your child genuinely loves to do. That’s what it’s all about!
Do your kids play sports? What do they play? How did they decide that was the sport they wanted to do? Leave us a comment and share!