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How to Choose the Right Sport for Kids

All things being equal the best sport for child is the one in which they already show an interest. Talk to their teachers at school, observe them on the playground, and don’t forget to ask your child which sport they enjoy.

Next best is a sport that one of the parents has played and is knowledgeable about the rules and strategies. The upside to this is that the parent can give their child a head-start on the other kids, the downside is that parents have a tendency to go overboard and ruin the fun when they start teaching their child how to play a game they love.

You’ll also want to take your child’s natural abilities into account when selecting a sport. Is your child athletic, tall, large, fast, clumsy, unorthodox, timid, tough, and aggressive, or has any one of hundreds of attributes that might make a particular sport a better fit for them than another one.

Expose them to different sports as their age allows. You never know what will interest your child until they show that spark. There are the organized sports such as baseball, soccer, football or hockey. Other sports are more personal such as hunting or fishing. You will soon learn which sport sparks your child’s interest by how much fun they have at the event or how they want to play that game at home. Watching them play with their friends will let you know which sports are the “good ones” according to your child. Just the conversations they have with friends will help direct your efforts.

Take a look at the age requirements and start dates for different sports, if you can find a sport your child likes and the start date and age requirements will allow your child to be one of the older kids, it can make a huge difference in their success. At ages 5-8 a 10 month difference in age equals a huge difference in cognitive ability. The older kids almost always standout at tryouts, earn more attention from the coaches, and usually get more playing time.

Time constraints are something most parents tend to forget about when selecting a sport for their child. The more technique mastery required to be successful at a sport, the more practice time that will be required, and the more likely the child will need to play the sport year round.

More athletic oriented sports while still requiring practice time to be successful are much easier for a child to pick up and experience early success playing. Almost any child who is willing to hustle and compete hard will do just fine in the early years, though things change quickly as they get older.

Technical Sports

Baseball
Softball
Tennis
Swimming

Athletic Sports

Basketball
Football
Soccer

Whatever sport you decide on remember to let your child try as many sports as they want, you never know what they have a real knack for. Also don’t forget the most important thing, sports are suppose to be fun; after all they really are just athletic games.

Little Champs Sports Club provides a Multi Sports Program for children aged between 16 months to 6 years giving young children the opportunity to learn, experience and interact with children their own age through active play.

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