Sports: At What Age Did Your Boys Start?

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Registered: 04-08-2008
Sports: At What Age Did Your Boys Start?
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Tue, 01-22-2013 - 5:10pm

I'm thinking of starting Landon in some kind of activity.  However, I'm thinking he may be a little too young.  What did you do with your boys?  At what age did they start playing sports (soccer, t-ball, etc)?

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Registered: 03-22-2007

All our boys started with soccer, depends on what you have in your area. The twins and Sean both did indoor soccer when they were 5, Sean was in preschool the twins were in kindy. It's an easy sport, there are no foul lines and easy to learn (along with active so it wears them out!). I wouldn't suggest t-ball until they are 5 unless they can pay attention for a bit; our league will take kids as young as 4. Swim lessons I always started early, when they were 2.

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Just wanted to note that I've gotten notices already for spring outdoor soccer signups.

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Registered: 12-16-2003
I am not a fan of having a sport at a young age. I think a kid ought to be learning the basics. My kids had martial arts, swim, gymnastics, and an intro to sports classes. My kids landed playing sports I would have never would have chosen. Dd played tennis and lacross in high school and played on all boys club hockey team. She also did a few martial arts. Ds plays club hockey. He plays football and will go out for lacross this spring in high school.

Ramona  Mom to 2 great kids and wife to one wonderful hubby since 1990!

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Lucas started a little later than Alex.  He was my oldest, so I really didn't know anything about what was even available.  I think he started t-ball in 1st grade.  Alex started the spring before kindy, so he was still 4.  It was hysterical.

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Registered: 12-16-2003

Sort of amending what I wrote. My kids the swim, etc...when they were little. Team sports, playing positions, passing etc.. are tough concepts for kids under eight to grasp. Individual sports are often easier for little ones. We did a lot of those. Also, we did intro to sports classes. Where a variety of sports are introduced and the kids get a basic knowledge on them. At that age you need to work on gross motor skills. As I said, my kids landed up playing sports I would have never picked.

Ramona  Mom to 2 great kids and wife to one wonderful hubby since 1990!

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Thanks, Melissa. I was leaning towards soccer and swimming. Good to know those are high on your list!

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It is funny watching them play, isn't it? I get a kick out of watching all of the little ones run around the field!

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That's sort of what I'm worried about- team sports can be hard for kiddos this age. Swim lessons are sounding better and better. :)

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Registered: 12-16-2003
Thu, 01-24-2013 - 5:09pm

A great start is gymnastics because it teaches balance and how to fall.  Valuable skills for any other sports.  it was recommended to me by a parent who coached older kids sports when my kids were little.

Ramona  Mom to 2 great kids and wife to one wonderful hubby since 1990!

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Another great idea. Thanks, Ramona! I had forgotten that my middle guy did gymnastics for a few years as part of physical therapy he was in. He really enjoyed it!