HOW MANY SPORTS

Evelyn - posted on 11/27/2008 ( 14 moms have responded )

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How many sports should the kids engage in and how often is enough practice. Any advice out there to build a superstar kid?

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Princess - posted on 06/02/2010

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Depends on the ages of the kids. the younger they are they only need to be involved with 1 sports per sport season such as football which may only cross into basketball for a couple weeks but not football and soccer which will have the kids to tired to focus and develope well in 1 sport or the other. as they get older near the end of elementary I say as many as they can handle and still stay focused in school and have other social interaction outside of sports. Younger athletes shouldn't be practicing more than 3 times in a week staggered and older ones more than 5 simply cause the younger learn then usually the next day whatever they learn sinks in cause they replay in there mind and you might even see them trying to do it on there own, the following day after the day of rest is the perfect time to pick up new skills or tweek old ones.

Maria - posted on 05/13/2010

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When my boys were younger, we've encouraged them to keep active through sports, and it carried over up until now that they're in high school. But, we also emphasize the balance between academics and sports. And to make smart choices. Now that our oldest is graduating from high school, he has chosen to cut back on baseball and focus on academics. Our youngest is currently a Junior and playing both in Varsity Baseball and Cross-Country, and we negotiate. As long as his grades do not suffer, he can continue to play and run. We also emphasize priorities and time management. So far, he's kept his word!

Laurie - posted on 12/04/2009

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I think all kids are different so it depends on how much is to much!! My son is turning 11 and he plays summer baseball then right after theat we start football. From football we move right into basketball and from basketball we will start travel baseball!!! Yes it is alot of running and work but he LOVES it!!! With out his sports he is board. He has always been this way. So I say if he can do it without hateing it then DO IT!!!!

Peggy - posted on 07/31/2009

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I think that a child should be permitted to engage in as many sports as they want as long as they can handle it and actually WANT to. My daughter is 14 and plays basketball, volleyball, softball, cheers and is in track. She may continue with all of them as long as her grades remain as good as they are now. As soon as one grade slips, the sports will be cut down.

I'm not sure about building a Superstar kid, but I know that her success to being an outstanding athlete has been her desire and dedication. She loves basketball. She gives it her all and wants to be the best.

Jennifer - posted on 02/26/2009

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Both of my children are active in just about everything! I have always told them they can do one sport and one other extra-curricular activity as long as scholwork isn't affected. My 15 yr. old will be on varsity football and wrestling next year, as well as JV lax, and knows he must maintain his GPA to continue to participate. As far as "superstar" status goes, I let the kids choose their activities- they know what their strengths and passions are. I might nudge a bit, but the bottom line is their happiness, and if they're not having fun, what's the point?

Karri - posted on 02/25/2009

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I honestly belive it varies from child to child.



My child has always flourished when he is playing sports... He tends to make better grades and over all everything is better. He plays Football, Basketball and track for school and out of school he plays baseball, and select basketball. The more the better. As long as everything doesnt overlap too much.

User - posted on 02/21/2009

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Two kids - and one sport per season (it's usually a different sport from each other) - sometimes they overlap, and my son (almost 10) does wrestling, which is very time consuming, while my daughter has lacrosse and indoor soccer overlapping, so my husband and I have to split up a lot and we both hate to miss anything the other child is doing.  If we added anything else, we would not have enough time do anything else and they both tend to have a lot of school work! 

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I put my kids in community sports offered through the ymca. I let them choose since it will be them playing. I ask that they try different sports to find the one they like best. I don't really want a super star . but obesity runs in the family so I just want them fit.

Melissa - posted on 01/28/2009

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We have 6 kids and 4 play sports. We limit them to one each per season! That is for our sanity and their over all health. I find when one plays more than one per season we get to run down and then the kids aren't resting enough and not eating right. I enjoy going to watch my kids play sports, but sometimes I have to pick which one to go to because they over lap. It also depends on what level they are at. My 2 oldest play jv sports at school and their practices are quite demanding! Our 6 year old is playing basketball right now and he only gets on the court 1-2 times per week so he could do more than one. I like that they change it up and are interested in different sports. It keeps it interesting! Fall is soccer, winter is basketball and spring/summer is lacrosse for the boys and softball for the girls. You just need to know what you and your child can handle. Don't forget about yourself, if you get run down the kid won't get to practice at all!

Lisa - posted on 01/27/2009

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Wow, I thought I had many boys!

We have 5 kids--4 boys 1 girl--all boys wrestle, I am looking for some support with wrestling moms. It is a very stressful time of the year. They also play football, and baseball. They love it all. It keeps us together (well sometimes), as a family. We go to everything together. The boys are healthy and happy. Can't wait for my daughter (4) to start soccer this spring! She really wants to wrestle! We said no!

Angela - posted on 01/25/2009

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This is a good question, and one that I've struggled with throughout the years, especially as I have more and more kids involved in activities.



I think the most important factor in helping your child become a successful athlete is to ensure their enjoyment of it. So, my theory is to only give them as much as they can handle. If they are involved in too many sports and are overwhelmed, they'll tell you by how many smiles you see when they're playing. After all, sports are supposed to be fun. If they're not, I have to start to question why we're doing it. And if they don't love the sport, they will either only continue it  to please me, or will quit as soon as they are in control of that choice. Ultimately I want them to play sports because of its benefits to them and would hate to see them come to resent sports :)



As for practice and skill building, I think some kids need more than others. I think the right level is enough practice to become proficient and confident so that they are set up to succeed. Practice time with teammates is probably the most important time to build that teamwork and comraderie as well, which I think is also critical to their enjoyment.



We recently had to come to terms with my son's repeated expressions of dislike for Baseball. It is a sport so close to our heart, we never thought we'd have to deal with a kid of ours NOT wanting to do it... it's just "what you do" in the Spring. He told us two years ago he didn't like baseball, but we thought we knew what was in his best interest and kept putting him in it. This year, he is still standing firm, and we finally decided to let it go. We realized that it was our need to have him in it, not his.



As he gets older, I have to respect more of his decisions, even if I think they're the "wrong" ones. My whole goal of putting him in multiple sports as a younger child was so that when he was "older", he'd have had a taste of everything and could single in on a few favorites. That time came sooner than I wanted, but I had to realize... it IS what I wanted- him to be able to make an informed decision about what he would continue to do or not. If it's the wrong choice, he'll figure that out.



 

Lalena - posted on 01/18/2009

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We have seven kids. 5 boys (ages 16,15,14.12,& 8) 2 Girls (9 & 2) all of the kids play sports all year round (except the baby - of course) I have notice that when they are not in sport or some other physical activity that they tend get "punchy" with one another & their grades drop. We love football in our home, & all the boys play. But we also know that the other sports offered through out the year often help & magnify their strenghts in football. We are not looking to make "Superstars" out of our kids, but we do want them to be physically active, learn to work as a team & be a team player. And above all, stay out of trouble.

Also, all of our boys play a musical instument, are heavly in volved in the Boy Scout of America program & weekly church activities.

Rebecca - posted on 12/01/2008

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We have six kids so have always said one sport at a time until high school, we have also said they need to take breaks from a given sport, we have been told that will not be good for the kids , but it has not been a negative thing at all. They still play sports but they play different sports throughout the year so their bodies rest from the same thing over and over.

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I don't know if I'm building superstars or not, but we've always limited our children's activities to no more than two ongoing during any season. My son has karate year round and now soccer is almost the same. When soccer is off (winter, mostly), he participates in sports conditioning classes to keep his overall health and wellness going. My daughter has her musical theatre/dance year round and plays soccer in the fall and spring. This has been a great balance for them and keeps them from feeling too overwhelmed. If my son could, he'd play soccer 24/7 and my daughter would do her theatre/dance the same.

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