Tuesday, September 21, 2010

Young Kids and Stick Sports. A problem?

As i was searching the web for any information i could about young children playing stick sports, such as hockey or baseball, i came across an interesting article. The article talks about organized team sports for young kids and how they are becoming somewhat boring and non-educational for the kids playing them. How does that have to do with kids using sticks and i think they tie together nicely. What im trying to convey is that i believe that young kids from the ages of 4 or 5 to 6 or 7 should participate in sports like hockey and baseball but, in a different way .Introducing these sports at a young age can be both good and bad depending on how they are carried out. For example if a 5 year old is playing hockey s/he will have an extremely low level of skill at the game so running a practice or program like you would for middle school age kids will have a negative affect on the lowest skill level players. As the article says they would get very little puck time so to speak and would be bored and be less inclined to play the sport later on. I think this is more prevalent in baseball because while one kid is at the plate having a hard time hitting the ball if ever out fielders and the other players will be bored and not getting any exercise which is the key. We want the kids to keep moving. The Motor Development text book shows that around the age of 5 is when all the motor skills are becoming accurate so kids should start using them at that age.

So basically what  i think is that kids should play stick sports because it will get them using these motor skills and improving them however, i believe they should be non-traditional versions of the games or having kids in much smaller groups not teams per say. Having these smaller games where everyone is active and participating, instead of sitting around and waiting, they will be more inclined to keep coming back to play  and it sets up a good foundation for the rest of their lives. Also they all will have plenty of puck time or throws or swings so everyone is improving.

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