Signing Up For Sports

A healthy body leads to a healthy mind. We’ve all heard that statement, but how often do we, as parents, let the notion of physical education slide with our kids – especially if our child tends to be a target of bullying or is just generally clumsy?

There’s a lot you can learn from organized sports, beyond developing healthy habits to keep your body fit. Teamwork is an important life skill people need, but that’s not always the goal of signing up for a sport.

Stepping outside your comfort zone and pushing your body to a limit can help a person develop a work ethic and stamina for striving towards goals that will help them long after they’ve cooled down and showered. More importantly, though, getting involved in a sport at an early age encourages the development of positive coping skills for when a person needs an outlet for letting go of stress or finding a way to relax.

Selecting a sport for your child usually involves a balance between time commitment (someone’s got to do the driving) and finances (ice hockey, for example, requires a lot of expensive equipment). A child’s personal preference also plays a big role in picking a sport.

If your idea of a good time does not include watching a bunch of little kids standing idly in a baseball field – while 3 kids try to do something with a small ball (namely the pitcher, the catcher, and the batter), then take a look at these 95 different organized sports your kid can learn.

We’ve taken that list and broken it down into a short list of sport suggestions for 6 different types of kids.

Your child has an incredible amount of energy, try:

  • Swimming or water polo
  • Track and field
  • Speed skating

Your child is a natural risk taker, try:

  • Parkour (yes, there’s a class for that)
  • Diving
  • Kickboxing

Your child takes a logical approach to everything, try:

  • Billiards (think vectors)
  • Juggling (there’s math involved)
  • Orienteering

Your child lacks coordination, try:

  • Kayaking
  • Horseback riding
  • Weightlifting

Your child doesn’t like team sports, try:

  • Wrestling
  • Golf
  • Tennis

Your child doesn’t like competing with others, try:

  • Archery
  • Rock climbing
  • Roller skating

What sports have your kids participated in?
What’s been their favorite?
What’s been dreaded?

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Alessa Giampaolo Keener, M.Ed. homeschooled her children from kindergarten into college. Over the last 15+ years, she has also worked with families in creating individualized learning plans. As a professional curriculum developer, Alessa has created afterschool youth development programs for a Baltimore-based nonprofit, as well as teaching materials for homeschool parents and brick and mortar school teachers.

3 thoughts on “Signing Up For Sports

  • June 1, 2015 at 9:01 am

    Love the various options presented! :^D

  • June 1, 2015 at 11:12 am

    Love these choices by type. What a neat take on this topic!

  • June 12, 2015 at 5:23 pm

    I love your options! My country is hosting a regional sports meet at the moment, and I am getting my children to see what sports look interesting. My 3-year-old wants something that involves jumping.

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