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There are many benefits that children can reap from playing a sport. Playing a sport allows children to make friends, develop their motor skills and build self-confidence. However, in order for your child to get the most out of playing a sport, you will need to make sure that it is the right one.


Personal Interests


Is your child interested in a particular sport? Are there certain sports that your child likes to watch on television? Those are two questions that you will need to take into consideration. You should also look out for subtle hints that indicate your child is interested in a particular sport.


For example, they may make friends who play a certain sport. They may also talk about a particular sport a lot.


The Schedules


Certain sports are more demanding than others. That is why it is important to take the family’s schedule into consideration before playing a sport. You will need to make sure that your child will be able to make all of the practices.


Team or Individual Sport


Some children prefer a team sport such as baseball, football or basketball. Others prefer an individual sport such as gymnastics or cycling.


Body Type


Your child’s body type will influence how well they do in a particular sport. For example, if your child is short and stocky, then football will be a great sport for them. Tall and lanky kids often do well in basketball.




All sports come with expenses. However, some sports are more expensive than others. You may have to pay a fee for your child to join the team. There are also expenses for uniforms equipment and travel.


Try Multiple Sports


Once you have narrowed the choices down to a few sports, you should let your child try a few of them. It is not a good idea to try to play multiple sports at one time. However, your child can play one sport a season. For example, they can try football in the fall and soccer in the spring.


Get a Checkup


Before your child plays any sport, they should get a checkup. Many sports require this. In many cases, children are injured because they are playing a sport that their bodies are not ready for. They may also have a limitation that you do not know about.