Kids are generally ready for sports far at a very young age. Exposing children to organized physical activity early on in their formative years can have lifelong benefits: an active youth is a health youth. Various youth organizations strive to offer fun, safe fitness options for kids as young as 6 years old. Nowadays, parents can walk into just about any store to readily equip their impending superstars with pint-sized sports equipment and accessories. Check out the top sports for tiny tykes:
By the age of 5, many kids can play T-ball. After a year or two of that, many leagues encourage a transition to softball, where the game is played with a large, somewhat flexible ball. After the transition period, kids who stick with the activity move on to actual baseball.
Baseball encourages balance, hand-eye coordination, and strength. But specific equipment must be used to avoid injury. Beginners in T-ball generally need a ball, mitt, matching team uniform with hat, cleats and a mouth guard. Shell helmets are also important, especially when up to bat, as are face cages if the child is small for his or her age or playing a catcher position.
Once upon a time, we used fitness concepts to describe our kids: fast, athletic, flexible, tough. Sadly, today’s parents often use very different words to describe their kids: diabetic, hyperactive, overweight, medicated. Soccer can help young kids with balance, cardiovascular endurance, weight control, coordination, and flexibility.
Pee wee soccer is a fun activity that encourages coed organized play. Two teams of four play at a time. There are no goal keepers or scorekeeping. A sweatshirt and jacket is acceptable on the field if the games are played on cold days. Baseball cleats may also be incorporated into the players’ equipment as long as the front toe cleats are removed. (It’s also a good idea to have kids wear shin pads just in case other parents missed the safety rules regarding cleats.)
Basketball is easily one of the most popular sports among older kids and teens, and the little ones want to be just like the big kids. Pee wee basketball gives kids as young as 3 and 4 a chance to participate in organized play. Pee wee programs a step up offer game options for 5- and 6-year-olds game as well.
Basketball encourages teamwork, coordination, cardiovascular health and, at 3 and 4 years of age, it’s just a lot of fun! There’s not much equipment needed to begin this sport. Team matching shorts sets and running shoes with decent tread is about all the kids will need to begin. Parents may be encouraged to invest in a 6-foot rim and size 3 basketball for their tiny players to practice and continue the fun when they’re off the court. Generally, your child’s coaches come prepared with necessary phys-ed equipment. Usually, younger players play a 5-on-5 game, and a parent is on the court with the coach. But some groups lean toward even less fewer for the younger crowd.
Pop Warner Football
America loves football and many parents salivate for the chance to put their kids on the field. Pee wee football groups give them that chance. Boys and girls as young as 5 get the chance to experience and fall in love with one of America’s greatest games. The younger crowd, generally through the age of 10, plays a gentle touch or flag form of the game. Pee wee football is safer than soccer for the same age crowd, and serious injuries are rare.
Pee wee coaches focus on fair play rather than competitiveness. Pee wee sports are about learning to be part of a team and understanding the basics of the sport – they’re not intended to build stars or develop big egos. Safe fun is paramount. Therefore, all aspects are covered. Kids are required to have full setups including hard shell helmets with face masks, mouth guards, athletic cups, and cleats. Matching uniforms allow padding placement for shoulders, chest, back, thighs, shins, and butt.
While the athletic club may offer some uniform equipment in any sport, a lot of it may be overly worn or wearing heavily. Parents can help by buying their children new safety equipment, which they know is up-to-code and safety than used gear. Safety has to be a personal priority so your kids can do the most important thing out on the playing field: Have fun!