Kids starting new sports late
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|Thu, 04-08-2004 - 2:18pm|
Dh is kind of rolling his eyes over it, saying (sarcastically) that HE had been playing baseball for YEARS by the time he was 13 and just *didnt understand* someone just starting now. I said that for one, it doesnt have to be some big competitive thing in order for dd to play and have fun. Dd doesnt care if she isnt the best player, she just wants to play. And honestly, I have seen lots of people join adult softball leagues when they never played before, and picked it up pretty easily-its not brain surgery! Dd played volleyball this year for the first time, had never played before, and she did GREAT.
I just hate the hugely competitive nature of so many of the sports these days. Its like, if you dont start your child in T ball at age 3, they are considered already behind the power curve!!! Dh thinks this anyway-I had to fight to keep ds out of organized sports until age 5 (he is playing t ball this year). I have friends who put their kids into soccer as SOON as they turned 3, and I just didnt see the point. Dh says its a competitive world and kids need to be given any edge they can.
This just falls in line to me of the general push push push attitude of so much of our western society. There were a lot of sports I didnt try until high school, doesnt mean I didnt enjoy them. Seems like this is yet another aspect of our childhoods that has changed tremendously. I knew kids when I was in school that played sports like basketball or hockey and didnt start till jr high. Those with the abilities did very well, some going on to get scholarships and such.
I also have concerns with the physical health of kids getting competitive too early. Blowing out their knees, shin splints, tennis elbow, to name a few. Many doctors say that while exercise is always important for kids, growing bones can be susceptible to injury that has lifetime repurcussions. (Of course, considering that childhood obesity is quickly becoming the number ONE health issue for kids today, maybe that isnt much of an overall concern!)
I just wonder, what is the general feeling about starting organized sports at a very young age, and what would be your reasoning for it?