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Should Young Kids Play Sports?

Should Young Kids Play Sports?

Published on: Apr 09, 2019

There are countless reasons to get your child involved in sports at an early age. Not only will they have a blast and learn new skills, but they’ll reap the following benefits.  

Solid Athletic Foundation

Kids learn quickly—especially when having fun. Playing sports at a young age gives your child loads of time to learn necessary skills and movements that can be built upon as they grow. It also gives them plenty of time to figure out which sports they love and want to pursue. 

Sports like gymnastics place an emphasis on body control and balance—two skills that will greatly benefit your little athlete as they grow older. 

Structured Activity

Kids need to move—a lot. According to the National Association of Sports and Physical Education (NASPE), preschoolers should get at least 60 minutes of structured and unstructured physical activity every day. Getting your child involved in sports definitely helps reach those numbers. 

Improved Health

Regular aerobic activity builds a strong heart and healthy body. It also ensures strong bones, increased energy, better sleep patterns, and strong muscles. By participating in sports, kids improve their physical and mental health without even trying. 

Teamwork and Leadership Skills

When kids are part of something bigger than themselves, like a sports team, they learn how to communicate effectively, work together, and step up and lead when necessary. Playing sports teaches children these and many other valuable skills that can be used in other areas of their lives.

Academic Benefits

You want what’s best for your child—and some might think of sports as a distraction from more important things—like school. However, sports have been linked to dozens of academic benefits, like better time management skills and higher GPAs. Not only will your little athlete stay healthy and have fun, they’ll excel their learning and boost their academic success. Now that’s a win-win. 

New Friendships

There’s nothing quite as important in life as friends, and one of the best ways to make solid friendships is through competition and teamwork—or playing sports. By letting your child play sports, you’re giving them the opportunity to flex their social muscles and form valuable friendships that last way beyond game time.  

Not sure which sport to get your child involved in? Give a couple camps a try!

Camps are one of the best ways to get kids involved in sports. They’re short—so kids don’t get bored, fun—so kids want to participate, and full of other kids—so friendships abound.

Create your free Ryzer account today to find the perfect camp near you—super fast and super easy. 

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