Children and Sports: Choose The Right Sport for Each Age

Sports for children help bring health, but not all children grow up in a professional sports environment. Help your child discover the right sport as well as training venue.

Want to give your child a healthy start to life? Consider sports for children and other child-friendly physical activities. With your encouragement and support, it is possible that some sports will inspire children. Light up a passion for fire by talking to your children about sports events and sharing your passion for sports with your child.

Your child may show an interest in a sport or activity. Start there, be aware of your child’s age, maturity and ability.

Age from 2 to 5

Preschool children and toddlers have mastered many basic movements but they are too small for most organized sports. Babies who participate in these sports do not gain any long-term benefits in their ability to play sports in the future. At this age, free unstructured sports are often the best, try:

  • Running
  • Acrobatic
  • Throw the ball
  • Shoot the ball
  • Swimming
Diverse group of toddlers playing together.

Age from 6 to 9

As children get older, their vision, attention focus and transition skills such as throwing in the distance are improved. They also have the ability to follow better instructions. Consider organized sports such as:

  • T-ball, softball or baseball
  • Running
  • Soccer
  • Exercise
  • Swimming
  • Tennis
  • Martial arts

Carefully monitor strength training if you start practicing at ages 7 to 8 with motivated young children. Focus on precise techniques and proper movement.

Age from 10 to 12

At this age, children have a more mature look and are able to understand and remember strategies in sports. Children are often ready to practice complex sports such as football, baseball, hockey and basketball. Keep in mind that growth due to puberty can temporarily affect your child’s ability to coordinate and balance.

No matter what kind of sport your child participates in, make sure they are technically appropriate and motivated. Sports coaches and experts like golf and tennis can be good instructors.