Playing sports provides numerous benefits to your children. From promoting a healthy lifestyle to making new friendships to developing upright characteristics, the lessons learned from sports are extremely valuable. If you are interested in signing up your children for sports, below are seven to consider.
Baseball offers a variety of playing styles depending on your child’s age. If they are very young, they will likely start with t-ball, where the kids simply hit the ball off a tee versus one of them pitching the ball. As they advance, the coach will likely serve as the pitcher. Once they are older, the coach will designate pitchers on the team. If your child doesn’t like activities that require a lot of stamina, baseball is a great option. Instead of continuous running, this sport requires bursts of energy to chase the ball or run around the bases. Most teams will provide the balls and bats; you will need to provide the baseball gloves and possibly the helmets as well.
If you can’t keep your kids from wrestling and tackling each other at home, football might be a good option for them. This is a heavy contact sport, so be prepared to invest in all the protective gear that comes with it. Additionally, do not be surprised if your kid comes home with injuries from time to time. Injuries are not unusual for sports with this much forceful contact. Younger kids will typically start out playing flag football. Instead of tackling, the players grab flags off the opponents’ belts. It is a great way for kids to learn the basics of the sport before adding in the physical piece.
If your child wants to try an individual sport instead of a team sport, tennis is an excellent alternative. While the players are not moving long distances, this sport still requires a lot of energy as the players are constantly stopping, starting and sprinting across the court. If your child has superb hand-eye coordination, this may be the sport for them.
While many people think of running as a high-endurance sport, there are actually different types of races. While long-distance races are one option, sprint races, which are shorter distances, are also popular, as are relay races with teammates. Keep in mind, schools typically offer this sport to older children, so as much as you might want to send your five-year-old out for a run, you likely won’t find a league for younger kids.
Your child does not have to be tall to play this sport, but it certainly doesn’t hurt! Each team has six players on the court at a time, one team on each side of the net; the players rotate positions one spot each time it is their team’s turn to serve. This sport also requires good hand-eye coordination, as well as a fair amount of arm strength in order to serve, bump and spike the ball.
Basketball is another sport where height is an advantage but not a necessity. Five players from each team are on the court at a time, and they are constantly running or moving. This sport requires endurance and also teaches kids how to work as a team. The coach will teach the team a few different plays to use on offense, so this sport also challenges kids’ memories to recollect and implement plays.
While cheerleading is often thought of as a girl’s sport, boys participate too. Boys tend to have more upper body strength to hold team members and toss them into the air. As cheerleaders are constantly interacting with each other, the players and attendees, this sport encourages kids to develop social skills and confidence.
Whatever your childrens’ taste may be, chances are there is a sport that will fit their personality and skill set. These popular team and individual sports will help your kids grow physically and emotionally. Find out which one your children are interested in and see what is available in your area.