7 Easy Ways to Get Your Child Started in Sports

Do you feel hesitant when it comes to getting your child involved in sports? In a world dominated by screens and technology, getting kids involved in sports has become more beneficial than ever. Recreational sports provide a gateway for children to develop essential life skills, make friends, and stay active while strengthening their physical and mental well-being.

The good news is getting your child started in sports doesn’t have to take over your schedule! Recreational youth sports make it easy to get your child involved without the pressure and massive time commitment. Here are seven easy tips to get your kids started in recreational sports:

1. Start Early, Start Simple

Introducing your child to sports at an early age is key. Choose activities that are simple, fun, and age-appropriate. Consider enrolling them in programs that emphasize basic motor skills and coordination, such as t-ball or soccer. These sports lay a solid foundation and make the learning process enjoyable for beginners.

2. Explore a Variety of Options

Every child is unique, and their interests vary. To find the perfect fit, expose beginners to a variety of sports at a young age. Attend local sporting events, sign up for multi-sports camps, or simply play different games in the backyard. This multi-sport approach will help identify the sport that resonates most with your child’s personality and preferences.

For older children, trying a new sport can be challenging because they feel they won’t be “good enough” to make the team. Many recreational programs don’t have tryouts, so each player has the opportunity to join the team and play. These types of recreational sports also focus on fundamentals, equal playing time, skill development, and enjoyment, instead of player stats and coach records. 

3. Emphasize Fun Over Competition

To help your child develop a lifelong love of sports, and the countless benefits they provide, it is important to keep the focus on fun. Remember, recreational sports are meant to provide a supportive environment for kids to learn new skills and stay active. Recreational programs make it easy to get involved and foster an environment where kids will want to stay involved. This approach will create a positive association with sports and encourage long-term participation.

4. Encourage Social Interaction

Kids are more likely to stick with a sport if they have friends involved. Encourage your child to participate in sports so they can build camaraderie and develop social skills. Many recreational leagues focus on creating a supportive and inclusive environment, fostering friendships that extend beyond the game.

5. Be a Positive Role Model

Children often look to their parents as role models. If you want your child to embrace sports, demonstrate a positive attitude towards physical activity. Engage in active play together, attend their games, and celebrate their achievements. Your enthusiasm will inspire and motivate them to stay committed.

6. Gradual Progression

Rome wasn’t built in a day, and sports skills aren’t either! Allow your child to progress at their own pace. Gradual skill development ensures beginners feel accomplished with each milestone, boosting their confidence and motivation to continue. It’s also a safer approach as progressing too quickly can result in injury if they haven’t reached that point in their athletic development yet.

7. Celebrate Achievements, Big and Small

Acknowledge your child’s efforts and achievements, no matter how small. Positive reinforcement is easy and goes a long way in fostering a love for sports. Celebrate their first goal, successful catch, or improved time, creating a sense of accomplishment that will keep them engaged.


It’s important to remember that kids return to recreational sports programs because they enjoy playing, not because they feel pressured or obligated. Remember, the journey is just as important as the destination, and with the right approach, you’ll be fostering a healthy, active lifestyle for your child.


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We believe youth sports are about more than skills and scores. That’s why we focus on fun and aim to develop sportsmanship values in every player. This emphasis on being a good sport helps kids become better athletes, but more importantly, it helps them become better people. To experience The Way Youth Sports Should Be®, please browse our programs or find an i9 Sports® office near you today.

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