what is a good sport for a seven year old to play?

Vanessa - posted on 12/10/2009 ( 29 moms have responded )

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My daughter is turning seven in a month. She use to play soccer now she doesn't play anything. I'm looking for a good sport for her to play.Any ideas?

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Anna-Marie - posted on 12/15/2009

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Hi, I think it depends on the child...My older son (who's 6) doesn't like team sports so he's been doing Gymnastics which has really boosted his hand eye co-ordination & confidence in climbing & being around other people. It's also great because it's all year round unlike most sports. At 7 the girls can also branch off & learn rhythmic gymnastics which looks very cute! He has also just started Athletics over summer & loves running. My younger one (who's 4) is the opposite & loves attention & team sports. So when he turns 5 he will probably play sports like hockey which I used to love as a child as well.

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Cassie - posted on 01/17/2013

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Teeball / softball
My daughter started when she was 7. She is 11 now and has moved up to become a great player, she is a rep player now and has travelled all over Australia.

Heather - posted on 01/15/2013

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If she doesn't like team sports, there is always swimming. I would ask her if it is soccer she doesn't like (the sport itself) or some other aspect of it. Does she feel she isn't "good" and so she doesn't want to continue? Find out the positive things she DOES like about soccer, there has to be something, and go from there. A good place to try things out is afterschool clubs that are actually at the school. They usually last 6 weeks or so and are only once a week, much less competitive.

Mandy - posted on 12/24/2009

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Find a sport she likes. My dd 6- loves dance so we do dance. I hate dance, but week after week I take her and enjoy the fact that she is doing something that she likes, She did soccer for 2 seasons and it just wasnt her thing. Im looking into getting my dd into baton lessons but not sure yet. Dont want to over extend her and shes already in Dance and Girl Scouts.

Susan - posted on 12/23/2009

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Hi, Swimming is a good sport to learn and it is important to know how to swim.You will feel safer when you are by water and so will your daughter. Baseball and Basketball are also fun. The girls on my son's teams play as well as the boys. Total Sports Experience is a good place to learn sports. Thery teach the basics there.. good luck
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Melissa - posted on 12/17/2009

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We have found basketball is a good sport to play also nippers for the summer months and tennis

Stephanie - posted on 12/15/2009

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My daugher have done Cheerleading for 2 years and she enjoys being out there in front of the crowd and just shout her little heart out. Even though the boys might not win but she always have fun. But maybe go to the library and pick out the books/videos of each sport and see which one that she might like to do.

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It depends on her interests and what is available around you, but something like judo could give her a lot of confidence, as could gymnastics or dance. Some kids just don't enjoy team sports as much as more solo pursuits. But if she enjoys being in a team, how about basketball or volleyball as an indoor and outdoor alternative?

Kathleen - posted on 12/15/2009

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Ice Hockey! My son has 2 girls, both 7, on his team. The girls LOVE it! Find a rink by you and check it out.

Tammy - posted on 12/14/2009

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Ask her what she thinks she might want to do. I ask my son all the time. He usually plays soccer but we couldn't get him in an indoor league for the winter season. So he might try baseball. It's good to let them try different things, I loved dance when I was her age and got hooked into cheering later. Hope this helps a bit. Take care!

Debbie - posted on 12/14/2009

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Also if it's cold where you are and you want to do Swimming, the YMCA could be a good option. I know that my daughter was taking swimming lessons during the summer at one of the private pools in our neighborhood but I wanted her to continue after they closed the pool and joined the Y for her to be able to take swimming lessons in their indoor pool.

Debbie - posted on 12/14/2009

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My daughter just turned 8 this year, but last year she played soccer, softball, bowling, and basketball. It just depended on the season and what she played. Her best sport was softball though. I think every child is different.

Of course there's also cheerleading or drill team as well. My daughter did that when she was 5/6, but it interferred with soccer and I made her decide which one she'd like to do more.

I want to put her in Gymnastics and ice skating but I'd rather only have one sport a season if at all possible since I have 3 kids and my stepson is in travel hockey which takes up a lot of time.

Kara - posted on 12/14/2009

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I have a seven year old son and a five year old daughter that are both in karate; they absolutely love it...and I love it, too - my son's able to focus better, and it was a huge boost to his confidence. Both my kids love to swim as well, but with karate 3 times a week, it's hard to fit in.

Linda - posted on 12/14/2009

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My daughter is eight and she loves gymnastics. Has been taking lessons for almost a year and a half.

Angie - posted on 12/13/2009

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Basketball, baseball, soccer, tennis, swimming. You name a sport and it's a good choice. Let her decide what is interesting for her and require her to complete a full season - it's the only way she'll know if she really likes it.

Misty - posted on 12/13/2009

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A lot of girls here in Shelbyville,IN play basketball for the boys club and they love it.

Shelley - posted on 12/13/2009

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both my girls 7 and 10 have been in Karate since they were 5 years old. Great discipline, great for self esteem and fun!

Claire - posted on 12/13/2009

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What about gymnastics, it's fun but takes plenty of skill. My 7 year old daughter does gymnastics and absolutely loves it. As well Swimming, I think this is the most vital sport any child should learn, it may help save their lives one day.

Shelly - posted on 12/12/2009

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My daughter is 7 and has been doing cheerleading (non -Comp) for a couple of years now and LOVES it. I like it b/c it is a non- contact sport. She also loves soccer but really loves cheer. My 4 year old even cheers!

Pam - posted on 12/12/2009

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Have you thought about netball, my two older girls play netball during winter and they love it, or hockey really depends on what your daughter's personality is like

Thelma - posted on 12/12/2009

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Why did you decide against soccer? Did she lose interest? See what kind of "interests" she has and springboard off of that.

Brynnen - posted on 12/10/2009

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My daughter was taking Kung Fu and she loved it. The other thing she has loved is swimming. Neither of which require comparing or competing (if they don't want to) against other kids. They learn the skills at their own pace.

Becky - posted on 12/10/2009

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My daughter started cheerleading when she was 9. It's not considered a sport by many, but when I pick her up she is sweaty and tired. I will say that dealing with some of the mothers can be a challenge, but I think that's true in most sports.

Melissa - posted on 12/10/2009

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Hi i dont know where you are or what the weather is like where you are? But i think swimming is great! I have a 6 year old and 3 year old who do swimming lessons, where we live knowing how to swim is a must, and its also great excercise and they have lots of fun doing it!

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