The Best Sports for Kids

Finding the right sports for kids isn't always child's play,

Best sports for kids - ice hockey is one
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When it comes to extracurricular activities, you really can't beat sports for kids. Joining a sports team, or competing individually, helps your child stay active, practice and learn sportsmanship, improve social skills and concentration, and develop a hobby he can enjoy for life.

But not all sports for kids are created equal. To match your child with the right sport, consider her size, age, skills, abilities, and above all, her interests.

If she has her heart set on ice hockey, she won't be happy with even the most enthusiastic and talented volleyball coach.

These youth sports profiles will help you learn more about particular sports: When kids can start, what skills they will need, how much exercise they will really get, what kinds of injury risks they will face, what kind of equipment they will need, and (critical for parents to prepare for) what to expect in terms of costs and time commitment.

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