In a lot of cases, a love for a particular hobby or pastime is developed at a young age. Kids who learn to ice skate as children go on to love the experience for a lifetime. Likewise, a child who gets to take art classes early on grows up learning and developing their art skills — as with any hobby, developing a craft and talent for activity takes time and practice. With sports, this is all too true. Introducing a child to a sport can start equally as early, and often takes a bit of strategy in order to see which sport they might enjoy most.
Why Introduce a Child to Sports Early?
Any hobby worth getting good at takes time. That means a child at a young age needs to learn basic skills to have a shot at being great at something one day. When a kid shows interest in a sport, make sure to follow these steps to ensure they are learning the proper way to play.
Develop the Basics
Any sport comes down to the basic mechanics of the body and its relation to the game. Be it tennis, football, or any number of activities, a child needs to learn the very most straightforward ways in which to play the game. Start working with them on things such as catching, hitting, throwing, and playing the actual sport to get them involved in what they’ll need to know moving forward.
Keep it Fun and Light
Running two-a-days with your six-year-old child with the hopes that they will become a football star is not practical. In a lot of cases, showing too much passion or pressure to a child for their interest in a sport ends up being more bad than good. Make the introduction to the sport light and fun, reminding them that it’s a game. Kids love games, and if the sport is right for them, they will wish to keep playing. It’s in later years, once they know the sport well and show a real interest in it, that you can push them to be better.
Kids love games and competition, and sports are an excellent way to let them develop those interests in a healthy way. No matter what they want to play, always support their interests and needs, and make sure to be still nurturing, even in the face of wanting them to be some high school star of the future. If you have any questions or concerns, please contact us at 508.755.4010