When Should Your Child Start Playing Competitive Sports?
One of the joys of parenting is watching your child participate, bond, and cherish the passion of sports. From weekend soccer tournaments to family H-O-R-S-E games in the backyard basketball court, getting children acquainted with the active, recreational opportunities sports have to offer is an essential component of watching them grow.
An inevitable question that most parents ultimately are faced with is when is the appropriate age for a child to start getting involved in competitive sports? There’s seemingly never a wrong time to have kids start to learn the games they’ll eventually love, but throwing competition into the mix can be a lot for some children to handle, depending on how old they are.
If you’re considering signing up your child for little league or you’re contemplating building a backyard tennis court to give them a head start on the competition, there are a few factors to keep in mind before officially introducing your kid to the world of competitive sports. Here are our recommendations and tips for deciding on the appropriate time to enroll your child in competitive sports.
Gauge Their Interest
As a sports parent, the last thing you want to see out on any given indoor or outdoor game court is both teams competing near a basket or goal, while your child is on the opposite side of the playing field, picking dandelions, or worse. First things first, if your child has shown little to no interest in playing sports, let alone participating in a competitive league, then it’s safe to say that you should probably wait a few years to let that interest in sports manifest itself.
The last thing you want to do is force your child to not only jolt themselves into excessive recreational activity, but to also commit their time, focus, and energy to something they themselves aren’t necessarily sold on. You should be gauging your child’s interest in sports around 6-8 years of age, introducing them to various sports and activities to get a read on what skills come to them quickly or which sports they appear to enjoy themselves the most in.
Assess Their Competition
If it’s evident your child is interested in competing in sports, the next step is assessing both their own skills as well as the level of competition that they seem best suited for. You never want to rush your child into an overly competitive league or team, especially if they’re just getting acquainted with the game and their role within it.
If it’s apparent that your kid has significant skill and a natural feel for the sport, then by all means, sign them up for a league that’s more focused on honing their skills rather than introducing them to the game. But if they’re still trying to find their footing, then perhaps it’s best to find a team or league that’s emphasizing education for the game over performance.
Evaluate The Logistics
Signing your child up for competitive sports isn’t just a commitment for them; it’s quite the obligation for you as well! The last thing you want to do is overwhelm your child with an excess of commitments, which in turn could cause them to associate that sport with stress or feeling burnt out, ultimately dissuading them from appreciating the game for what it is.
So be sure to evaluate the logistics of their schedule as well as your own. Is basketball practice multiple times a week really feasible along with piano recitals and homework? Can you take time out of your work week to carpool the kids around and drive out to tournaments every weekend? These are the questions you need to address before committing your child to competitive sports.
Help Them Hone Their Skills
They’re passionate about the game, they’re learning new skills, and their sports schedule is officially cemented. Now it’s time to invest in their interest! Building an at-home or outdoor game court is the perfect way to help your child hone their skills and develop their passion and love for their preferred sports. You can even install multi-sport courts that cater to a variety of activities, plus you can continue to keep a watchful eye on them while they develop their talents.
Invest In Their Future With Residential Sport Court Installation!
At the end of the day, building a backyard game court isn’t just about helping your child sharpen their sports skills. It’s about creating memories, getting them acquainted with the games that capture their attention and focus, while promoting a healthy, active lifestyle.
At C&C Courts, we believe that a child’s path down the road of sports will help them learn a variety of valuable lessons later on in life that will contribute to their overall well being. If you’re interested in investing in your child’s recreational future through residential game court installation, contact us today to schedule a consultation with our game court design experts!