I grew up loving organized sports (soccer, baseball, and basketball). My 2 year old son loves kicking the soccer ball around, but when should I look into signing him up for organized sports?

I don't want to be one of those crazy sports parents (especially since, genetically, he's unlikely to be a superstar), but I'd love to share one of my passions with him in a fun way.

asked 17 Oct '09, 22:16

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Why the 'dads' tag? Are women not allowed to be crazy sports parents too? :-)

(27 Oct '09, 10:40) Paul Stephenson

Haha, fair enough, you're absolutely right :) I just wanted to use the dads tag to make this show up to dads, but opinions from moms are definitely welcome!

(27 Oct '09, 11:51) Brien

We had our girls doing soccer at the age of 4 and they were able to follow the rules pretty well. That being said, I don't think they got much out of it and I think 5 or 6 would see them able to play strategically. They might also see the value of drills then, which my kids never did.

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answered 09 Nov '09, 03:53

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Check with your community center or other gym-type places for a sports-geared class. We have signed up our 3 year old for a sports class at the community center that specifically focuses on skills rather than the competitive aspect. We have found another class at The Little Gym (a local chain) that also focuses on skills in a fun non-competitive manner. We have been very pleased with both of these classes and enrolled both of our sons in them at 3 years old.

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answered 18 Oct '09, 02:26

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We signed our 2 year old up for soccer and she loved it. It was also non-competative, but taught technique. They chased bubbles, stacked balls on cones, kicked the ball through cone mazes, etc. It was also a parent-child class so that made it extra fun. :)

We went through Lil' Kickers and they seem to have many locations scattered throughout the United States...if that is helpful for you.

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answered 18 Oct '09, 06:12

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I think 5 is a good age to start.

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Hi Kurt and welcome to moms4mom.com. Could you please provide some information on how you came to this conclusion? Personal experience? Something you read? Please take a look at our back it up principal - http://moms4mom.com/back-it-up

(09 Nov '09, 03:28) Tammy ♦♦

My son is now 7 and I think he may still be too young. I did not play organized sports until 4th grade and I made all the teams I tried out for. I am afraid my son will become sick of sports now and not want to play anything when he is older.

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You have an interesting position, as most people seem to feel it's OK to start sooner. Why are you afraid he will be sick of sports? Did this happen to you when you were younger? If your son were to become sick of sports regardless of the age he started playing, is there an advantage to "getting it out of the way" and starting him in sports earlier so he can decide he doesn't like sports earlier? Is there any real need for organized sports if he doesn't show any interest?

(11 May '10, 18:35) Scottie T
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