Old Enough For Sports?
I have always known that having boys meant trying sports. It seems like it’s almost like that’s just what boys are supposed to do, right? Hubby and I decided this last fall to sign Chandler up for basketball. He had to turn 6 before the end of the year in order to play, and he did. Right before the season was supposed to start, we got an e-mail saying there weren’t enough kindergartners that had signed up and that they would be playing with first and second grade kids. I was immediately a little bit nervous for him, but knew it would be pretty relaxed and hoped he would have a good experience.
8 practices and 8 games later, the season is done. Chan was the youngest and smallest on his team. A lot of the time he had no clue what was going on, but sometimes that made it all the more fun to watch. I will say that he played on a fantastic team, and had the best coaches. We knew a lot of the kids on his team from church and everyone was kind and fun for him to be around. When I asked him about the season, he told me he had fun and likes to play defense. He wants to play again next year.
I’m wanting to get him exposed to other things as well, so he’ll be playing baseball this spring, will probably have some swimming lessons in the summer as well. I thought about maybe enrolling him in a gymnastics class or some sort of instrument lessons in the future as well. I just want him to get a feel for something that he really wants to do and don’t want him to feel pressured. It’s never fun as a kid to do something that you feel pressured to do from your parent. If he ever stops enjoying something, he doesn’t have to do it.
When was your child’s first sports or lessons experience? Was it a good one, and what did you learn as a parent from it?