What are the best sports to enroll a 4 year-old in?

Elizabeth - posted on 12/11/2012 ( 16 moms have responded )

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My husband and I are really into sports, and my daughter is almost 4 years old now, about the time to start her in sports!! What sports do you think are best to start a kid in? Comment your advice please

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Danicia - posted on 01/24/2013

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i used to teach martial arts to 3-6 yr olds and just from that experience i know for sure I want our daughter to join martial arts as soon as she's old enough. the focus was pretty much learning how to take turns, listen to instructions, and have fun with in a structured activity. it really helps with a childs' balance and confidence, i saw so many kids come in shy and timid and weak, then turn around and leave classes confident and proud of themselves and making new friends :)

we also want to get her involved in gymnastics and maybe dance. I've had some friends have trouble with their children in team sports due to the childs' strong willed personality while others thrive in them. it is hard for some kids to learn to share one object with 10 other kids (like in soccer or basketball).

i think anything you try will be a great learning experience for your daughter. she may not like some, she may love others! good luck in finding your daughters' niche(s)! :)

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Mickie - posted on 02/24/2013

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Soccer, t-ball and dance are all good starts and most of those start at age 3 or 4 and are made up of boys and girls

Loraine Du - posted on 02/23/2013

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Hi there I really recoment that she do playball that is every thing about ball skills it also helps hand eye cordinatoins fine motorskills and a lot more.you can go and have a look on there web site for more info.www.playball.co.za. I'm from witbank mpumalanga and are a playball couch.we go from school to school and teach the children.we do playball for children from 18months up to gr2.and it is lots of fun for them as they still gross.

Ramona - posted on 02/23/2013

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I think young kids should be taking intro to sports type classes. They should be working on skills, large motor skills and the like. Individual sports are easier for little ones to comprehend. Plays, positions and the like is tough to learn. Swimming is great. Gymnastics is wonderful to teach balance used in any sport. My kids choose sports that were never on my radar but as teens, have tried tons of things. Dd played hockey, tennis and lacross in high school and still playing lax in college. Ds played football, lax and hockey now in high school.

KC - posted on 02/22/2013

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Definitely soccer!! My husband coaches u5 soccer and our son has played since he was 3 years old. He is now five and absolutely loves it. We love to watch him play and he has made some great friends with his team mates. Soccer is age appropriate for four year olds, they teach physical motor skills by learning fundamentals. Most coaches teach the fundamentals through fun games at practice. They gain so much social skill from team sports as well. I am a Pre k teacher and I always recommend soccer to my parents who want to encourage their child to become more socially interactive. It also gives children an outlet for all that energy!! It was one of the bet decisions we made for our son. As soon as our daughter is three, we will put her in it.

Savannah - posted on 02/22/2013

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Im 24 and married to a truck driver hes gone 2-3weeks and home 30hrs we have four kids ages 5yrs, 3yrs, 1yr, and 9 months i have no help with my children, when hes gone i deal with not getting to talk to him on the phone, when hes home he spends his home time watching tv while i tend to the kids do his laundry, cook meals, fix everything, ect. Nothing changes when hes home i still do everything dont go nowhere but doctors appointments. I have had to deal with postpartum deppression alone with 3 of my four children. I have tried talking to him about how i feel i feel like a single mom, yes we have money but what good is it to have if u cant enjoy it....well this is my story sorry to bore you...

Cindy - posted on 02/22/2013

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Honestly any sport he will play and is in season. I have a 5 yo that has been playing, more like enjoying sports since he was 3 yo. When fall comes around I ask do you want to play soccer? His answer Yes, Winter, it's basketball and it's a yes, spring its baseball, which was a no for two years until this year rolled around. Ask your child , you may be surprise to find out they already have an interest.

Jaimee - posted on 02/19/2013

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I agree and vote for the soccer. My daughter started at age 4, and is now 9 and she loves it! It has taught her so much coordination and team work abilities that I am very impressed. She has now recently took an interest to basketball in 3rd grade and participating in soccer has helped tremendously too.

Angel - posted on 02/19/2013

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My son is 4 and he does soccer. He also wants to take swimming lessons (he did once and refused to get in the water because he didn't want to listen to the rules.) He has since taught himself how to swim with floaties on. Now he wants to do dance (he loves Michael Jackson).

So I am thinking of signing him up for dance this summer as well as soccer this spring. Not sure about the swimming because he already knows.

Brandy - posted on 02/18/2013

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We started our son on soccer when he was 3. In our town as young as 2 can sign up. They really just kick the ball around and pick towers, lol, but it's a good start for an organised sport. This year both he and his sister are signed up and they're supper excited about it. I believe they're on the same team. Although he has mentioned wanting to play hockey, we aren't going to pursue that yet because it's expensive.

Lori - posted on 02/13/2013

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My kids love soccer. They played t-ball as well but they have to stand and wait a lot more. At 4 they just didn't have the patience for it.

Mae - posted on 12/14/2012

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In our area they have a toddler soccer league we are going to enroll our 4 year old. Gymnastics is another get one as it teaches balance that is necessary for other sports, beginning ballet is another one that will help with other sports as it teaches coordination. Those are the ones I thing are good for 4 year olds. Baseball, t ball, softball, and football and that type of thing should wait until she is a bit older because they can be more physically demanding and have a higher chance of injury. Just my 2 cents hope it helps.

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