Re: Kids and Sports
11-19-2013 12:58 PM
My kids are 12, 11, 9 & 4. We started the older 3 in soccer at 3 and they all started t-ball at 4. My oldest 2 (girls), started cheerleading and dance at 5 (dance actually started in nursery school before that, but I don't really count that). The girls have also tried gymnastics, which the 11 yr old just started up again. Soccer stopped at 7 for my oldest (conflicted with cheering for football) and shortly afterwards for the other 2. My 9 yr old started karate at 6. And my 4 yr old just finished his 1st year of flag football & took tumbling at our local Y. I can't say that we have been accident free, but our major accidents have not come from sports. 2 years ago my then 7 yr old broke his arm badly enough to need surgery, jumping off a slide at the playground. And my 4 yr old just got stiches over the summer after tripping over his feet at the grocery store. Although my oldest does come home from cheerleading with plenty of bruises (when flyers & bases are learning, someone's bound to get kicked or elbowed)! They chose the activities they want to do & once they commit, they're in it for the season. For the most part we have had coaches who are great & really take the time to teach the kids. But we have also had some who play favorites a little too much (and I'm not talking about more talented kids, necessarily). And some who are focused too much on the win & not enough on the process. But, overall I think that sports are a great experience for kids. And I'm of the opinion that it's better to try them out young & see if you like it while it's more about the teaching & the fun than the winning. And the social interaction is great for the little ones too!