How early is too early to get them started in sports?

Gigi - posted on 04/13/2010 ( 6 moms have responded )

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How early is too early to start developing athletic talent? I am curious to hear thoughts. I am a retired professional tennis player and have one year old twins. When they started watching Baby Einstein, i wasn't thrilled and wanted them to watch something sports related. I produced a DVD to introduce young children to sports. Baby Goes Pro is the company and our slogan is "inspiring a generation to move." We cover baseball, basketball, soccer, golf and tennis. All actions are performed by professional and college athletes. We have a very cute animated monkey and very catchy music. We will be in target in july. i want to hear from other sports mom. would you show your baby the Baby Goes Pro Early Beginning DVD if you thought it would help them develop athletic talent? check out our website.

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Jennifer - posted on 06/08/2010

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I've heard of many moms starting their babies in gym play centers which works on gymnastic skills as well as general motor skills. Not a bad thing, in my opinion.

Meg - posted on 06/07/2010

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My husband is a medical professional and has refused to let me put the girls in any form of sports or classes until they are at least 5 and reach a some what more stable place in the development of their bodies so that early damage won't be done and cause issues when they are older.

Princess - posted on 06/02/2010

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I think The the key is nurturing their interest and not pushing it. with my first I tried to push him into getting involved with a lot of sports early mostly basketball and running what i found is he liked it just because i liked it. I felt like i was forcing my opinion about sorts on him so i backed off. he didn't play for awhile and now his biggest interest are football and basketball. I just try and nurture the sport that he wants. It all depends on when your kids show interest expose them to all types of sports and let them choose when their ready

Melissa - posted on 06/02/2010

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As a parent of athletic children (6) and an Early Childhood Educator, I believe that organized sports should be something that needs to wait until the child is developmentally ready. I have a 3 yr old who played organized soccer and right now field lacrosse. He is very athletically gifted! He has watched his older siblings play basketball, lacrosse (box and field), softball, baseball and soccer. Locally I coach in the 3-4 yr old soccer league in the fall. In that group we had probably 1/2 who were ready and 1/2 who were not! They didn't have the coordination, the patience or the interest. But at that age we make it more about physical activity than about competative play. I believe that there are children who are ready before others. My 3 yr old can handle his lacrosse stick 10x better than some kids 2 yrs older than him! He can whack a baseball without using a tee. His hand and eye coordination is awesome. His teachers tell me all the time about how well he can kick a rolling ball and catch and throw. My 5 yr old doesn't have that much coordination! So I think people will buy your DVD and I believe that anything we do to get our children moving is great!

Stephanie - posted on 05/30/2010

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That depends on the parent and child. As the mom of 3 athletic children, I am biased. My oldest, who is 18, got started at 6 yrs old which I thought was a little late.She did end up playing sports until she graduated from high school. My middle son, who is 11, started playing at 4 yrs old. He plays sports year round and just made our local rec league baseball all stars for the 3rd year in a row. My youngest, who is 5, just started playing soccer this year. I believe that genetics does play a part but also the drive and determination of the child. As well as the passion for the game.I believe you shouldn't push a child but let them lead. If they show interest in a sport as well as talent then you should develop that talent.

Maria - posted on 05/13/2010

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Personally, it all depends on the child's cognitive skills and abilities. Also, I believe genetics play a great deal. Seldom does a prodigy comes along at a very young age, and one has to be very careful at pushing the child, however exciting to the parents or alluring the idea of another Einstein or Woods. The child has to show interest first, then love and enjoyment of and for the game. The harder an adult pushes, the more adamant the child pushes away from the game if they no longer find it fun. The fun and excitement, I believe has to be nurtured for the child to keep the love of the game.

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