which would be better for my son

Gabriela - posted on 03/26/2010 ( 6 moms have responded )

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my oldest on has a lot of energy, he always did. So here's my situation, he is 4 and will be turning 5 in sept. now, should i invest in a little league or just take him to the parks where they offer the sport for free. I have heard to invest but at the same time i have heard to take him to a park..
what has been your experience with either one? and does it really make a difference where he takes a sport...

he will be taking soccer. (his teacher reccomended soccer because he has a lot of energy to burn)

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Gabriela - posted on 03/28/2010

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thank you Kathy...i have nothing to lose but plenty to gain by trying it out. and if he doesn't like the sport i will encourage him to finish the season and just look for a sport that he will like..

Gabriela - posted on 03/28/2010

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thank you Kristin. i should try it out..and see where it goes from there...thank you i actually didn't think of that...on Monday when i drop him off at school I'm going to go find a good park (the one by my house is not exactly safe or has the best reputation)...



you know i now feel silly for not thinking of that before

Kathy - posted on 03/26/2010

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I personally had 3 boys who all played ball. However my oldest had no desire for the game so he only played one year the other 2 played and we had a small fee to pay. When they reached high school it sure helped both of them and were able to receive college scholarships however if they dont like it dont force them to play.Each child is different Good luck

Kristin - posted on 03/26/2010

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What abot trying the park to see if he likes it? If he doesn't then you aren't out the fees and what not. If he likes it, then you can join a league the following season. Regardless of which way you go, encourage him to try to finish out the season. He will develop skills over the time which may make it more enjoyable for him. Also, make sure he is in an age appropriate group.

Good sportsmanship should start with the parents, specifically his parents. Just by participating, he will learn about competition. Both of these will be learned in either setting. You set the example for him and at this age it's all about fun and learning about the sport.

Gabriela - posted on 03/26/2010

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i guess that i want him to ultimately have good sportmanship and be able to be with other kids without fighting them..he has a younger brother and of course they fight like brothers would which is expected. now, when he has a friend he gets possesive and only wants him to himself..i figure if i get him into a sport he can learn that its ok to have more than one friend and that his friend can have other friends as well. i have tried explaining it to him but he doesn't seem to fully get it...i have lost a friend because of it and it bothers me but not as much because i think its my fault that he is like that. but that is another story. um, i want him to make friends and to be a good sport. But more than anything to burn off some energy because he always has sooo much that even when i take him out it doesn't seem to do much any more..
something organized will better benefit him...
thank you

Melissa - posted on 03/26/2010

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Hi Gabriela, I think that your decision would have a lot to do with your financial situation and what you hope for him to gain by your decision. I have my 6 year old taking dance classes for several reasons. It's organized and supervised exercise; she has a natual grace and ability for dance, and she enjoys it. I'm hoping that as long as she loves it, she will stick with it.



The free park is free and you wouldn't have to deal with the fees associated with organized sports. However, often times these free sports aren't as organized and they don't offer as much in the form of teaching competition and good sportsmanship. City sports offer matching jerseys which is good for building team spirit, and you often get a trophy or some kind of participation reward at the end, especially if you team is ranked 1-3. League teams normally have a more organized scheduled and game times.



I like free sports leagues if you are looking for something to just have fun with that is inexpensive and that releases the excess energy.



Either is a good choice based on what you are looking for.

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