Getting your kids involved in sports when they’re young has a lot of advantages. First, playing a sport can be a fun way to make sure that your kids get regular exercise and physical activity. Also, kids can learn and practice social skills, as well as figure out how to play as part of a team. And sports and activities are a great alternative to screen time.

Alternatives to Team Sports
However, sports may not be for every kid. Some kids don’t do well with the competitive environment that can be present with team sports. Maybe they were on a team at one point and didn’t have a great experience. Or, it might be that your child hasn’t found the right sport for them yet.

Encouraging your kids to be more active is great! And sometimes individual sports like gymnastics, swimming, tennis, skateboarding, or martial arts are the alternative you both might be searching for.

Skills and Self-Confidence
In individual sports, the focus tends to be more on a child’s skills. Rather than comparing how well they’re doing to other kids, in an individual sport, kids compare how they did today to how they’ve done in the past. Focusing on this type of self-improvement can lead to a boost in self-confidence and gives kids a sense of accomplishment. These positive feelings go a long way in how much your child enjoys a particular activity, as well as their interest in continuing it.

Give It a Try
Focusing on activities that your kids seem to enjoy has a lot of positive benefits. If you’re unsure how much your child will enjoy an activity, find out if the program or class offers a free trial. A free trial will give your child the chance to see if they like it before committing to a long term program.

If you’re interested in finding out how Kids First Gymnastics in Cedar Rapids can help introduce your child to an alternative to team sports, contact us today.