Signing Kids Up for Sportsenparentshttps://kidshealth.org/EN/images/headers/P-signingUpSports-enHD-AR1.jpgOrganized sports can help kids grow in many ways. Consider your child's age, personality, and abilities to help make sports fun.sports, soccer, signing child up for sports, athlete, team sports, teams, baseball, softball, pop warner, little league, organized sports, how old should kids be to play sports, play sports, exercise, don't like sports, coaches, leagues, teams, tennis, fencing, karate, dancing, swimming11/21/200603/07/201903/07/2019Amy W. Anzilotti, MD02/15/201910a69d2b-5c2a-4cf0-8f82-a1d61a7e3115https://kidshealth.org/ws/RadyChildrens/en/parents/signing-sports.html/<p>Kids get many benefits from playing sports. But before signing your kids up to play, consider each child's age, personality, and abilities to help make sure that being involved in sports is a good experience for everyone.</p> <h3>What Are the Benefits of Sports?</h3> <p>Sports are a fun way for kids to be active. They also help kids grow in other ways, such as:</p> <ul> <li>learning new skills</li> <li>being part of a team</li> <li>learning to work with coaches</li> <li>learning the value of practice</li> <li>enjoying competition</li> </ul> <h3>When Should Kids Start Playing Sports?</h3> <p>Sports can be fun for all ages. For toddlers and kindergartners, sports should be less about competition and more about being active and having fun. So even if young kids score a goal for the other team by mistake or spend the whole game chasing butterflies, as long as they're enjoying it, that's OK.</p> <p>Around age 6 or 7, most kids develop the physical skills and attention span that sports need. They'll still need time to understand the rules of the game. When signing your young child up for sports, choose a league that emphasizes:</p> <ul> <li>learning in a fun, positive way</li> <li>safe practices and games</li> <li>good <a href="https://kidshealth.org/ws/RadyChildrens/en/parents/sportsmanship.html/">sportsmanship</a></li> </ul> <h3>How Can We Choose the Right Sport?</h3> <p>Kids should try lots of different sports to find ones they enjoy, such as:</p> <ul> <li>team sports like soccer, <a href="https://kidshealth.org/ws/RadyChildrens/en/parents/safety-basketball.html/">basketball</a>, field hockey, and lacrosse</li> <li>individual sports like tennis, karate, fencing, dancing, and swimming</li> </ul> <p>Some sports focus on ball play (<a href="https://kidshealth.org/ws/RadyChildrens/en/parents/safety-baseball.html/">baseball</a>, soccer, tennis) while others focus on movement (gymnastics, ballet, dance).</p> <p>Some kids may not be interested in organized sports. They may be too young or have other interests. They can <a href="https://kidshealth.org/ws/RadyChildrens/en/parents/hate-sports.html/">stay fit</a> by being physically active in other ways, such as walking, having a catch in the yard, riding <a href="https://kidshealth.org/ws/RadyChildrens/en/parents/bike-safety.html/">bikes</a>, or playing tag.</p> <p>Whatever your kids' interests, help them get 60 minutes of physical activity every day.</p> <h3>Sports and Your Family</h3> <p>Sports can take up a lot of time, especially when a family has more than one child in a sport. Before you sign your kids up, think about how practices and games might affect their day-to-day life &mdash; and yours:</p> <ul class="kh_longline_list"> <li>How will it affect how much time your child has for things like homework, other activities, and time with friends and family? You may want to get the schedule of practices and games to see what a typical week would look like.</li> <li>Kids need downtime to rest, think creatively, and play freely. Will your child still have enough free time?</li> <li>How will the sport affect the rest of the family's plans? Many teams only practice and play games on weekends, which can be a problem if weekends in your family are already busy.</li> <li>Will you have to drive your child to practices and games?</li> <li>How involved do you want to be in the sport, and how involved does your child want you to be? Sports leagues usually look for parents to volunteer with everything from coaching to team snacks and carpooling.</li> </ul> <p>Sports are a great way for kids to stay active and learn important skills. Being involved, as a coach, spectator, or volunteer, is a fun way to spend time with your kids and show that you're interested in what they do.</p>Anotar a los niños en la práctica de deportesLos niños pueden obtener muchos beneficios de la práctica de deportes. Pero antes de anotar a sus hijos en la práctica de un deporte, considere la edad del niño, su personalidad y sus aptitudes para asegurarse de que sea una buena experiencia para todos.https://kidshealth.org/ws/RadyChildrens/es/parents/signing-sports-esp.html/f8c192de-93d9-4ca7-9ca8-a8ddd7f74e32
5 Reasons for Girls to Play SportsPlaying organized sports can help girls do better off the field as well as on. Find out how.https://kidshealth.org/ws/RadyChildrens/en/teens/girls-sports.html/17fc5bcf-779f-4f77-8a78-a9392e76d2c1
5 Ways to Prepare for Your Sports SeasonHow can you get ready to play your best season ever? Read these tips for teen athletes.https://kidshealth.org/ws/RadyChildrens/en/teens/tips-sports.html/67caef23-a43f-4809-92a0-dbeb5c548d2f
Choosing the Right Sport for YouIf you're having trouble choosing a sport, this article can help!https://kidshealth.org/ws/RadyChildrens/en/teens/find-sports.html/f3d963f1-3e0f-4edf-9408-cd0ce295742c
Competitive Sports: Helping Kids Play it CoolSometimes the pressure to succeed on the field or in the court can be overwhelming. Learn what you can do to help your child keeps things in perspective.https://kidshealth.org/ws/RadyChildrens/en/parents/sports-competition.html/c093cf88-08b3-4f3c-a6c7-7676515aeadb
Dealing With Stress In SportsWinning is all that matters when you play sports, right? Not when that means you can't even enjoy the game. Read about how to handle sports pressure and competition.https://kidshealth.org/ws/RadyChildrens/en/teens/sports-pressure.html/727cd770-30cc-43b1-90cd-fc2e4673eba0
Feeding Your Child AthleteAll kids need to eat balanced meals and have a healthy diet. But should that balance change for kids who play on a sports team or work out?https://kidshealth.org/ws/RadyChildrens/en/parents/feed-child-athlete.html/f350edce-5b06-4260-9566-d7d4943c2b3a
Fitness for Kids Who Don't Like SportsSome kids aren't natural athletes and they may say they just don't like sports. What then?https://kidshealth.org/ws/RadyChildrens/en/parents/hate-sports.html/4803352a-91f1-4635-aa52-5e3329268f85
Five Ways to Avoid Sports InjuriesSports injuries often can be prevented. Find out how in this article for kids.https://kidshealth.org/ws/RadyChildrens/en/kids/sport-safety.html/bc31bc9c-6500-4895-9182-d5df5ca30f80
How to Compete in SportsSometimes sports competition can make kids feel pressure. If it's too much, a kid might not have as much fun as before. Find out what to do if this happens to you.https://kidshealth.org/ws/RadyChildrens/en/kids/pressure.html/447a48e3-0b5c-42bb-a62f-27e3a281a2bf
Motivating School-Age Kids to Be ActiveBeing active is a key component of good health for all school-age kids. So how do you get kids motivated to be active, especially those who aren't gifted athletes?https://kidshealth.org/ws/RadyChildrens/en/parents/schoolage-active.html/688bc175-ec60-4938-aa59-d6880cd75a7d
Preventing Children's Sports InjuriesParticipation in sports can teach kids sportsmanship and discipline. But sports also carry the potential for injury. Here's how to protect your kids.https://kidshealth.org/ws/RadyChildrens/en/parents/sports-safety.html/bec4e82b-c8b0-4945-9611-7c9464e177f8
Sports Physicals If you play team sports, you may have had a sports physical. A sports physical is a visit to the doctor to make sure you're in good enough shape to play the sport you want to play.https://kidshealth.org/ws/RadyChildrens/en/kids/sports-physicals.html/62d1262f-bc73-4ccb-b817-f3feeff2ae69
Sports and Exercise SafetyPlaying hard doesn't have to mean getting hurt. The best way to ensure a long and injury-free athletic career is to play it safe from the start. Find out how.https://kidshealth.org/ws/RadyChildrens/en/teens/sport-safety.html/cbffad82-3814-4cbc-8758-dd3aac78c363
SportsmanshipOne of the most important goals of kids' sports is helping children develop a sense of good sportsmanship. Here's how to set a good example for your kids.https://kidshealth.org/ws/RadyChildrens/en/parents/sportsmanship.html/2714c035-e333-4ad5-8959-20d0a8e5530a
What If I Don't Like Sports?Sports can be challenging when you're new to them, but they also can be really fun. Take a second look at sports - and learn other ways to be active - in this article for kids.https://kidshealth.org/ws/RadyChildrens/en/kids/no-sports.html/19064933-aa98-41f4-834d-d22ab4f4322b
When Kids Want to Quit a SportWhat should parents do when their child wants to quit a sport?https://kidshealth.org/ws/RadyChildrens/en/parents/quit-sports.html/ca072efe-8f5c-499e-a23c-945a6f03ecef
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