Is he ready to play sports?

Is he ready to play sports?

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By dint of seeing him jump on the cushions of the living room, you think that it may be time to register your child in a baby-sport club. But what to expect at his age?

Of course, you often go to the square and play ball with him from time to time. But would not your child need to do a little more exercise by doing a regular activity? Like all children his age, he likes to let off steam. And the carpet in the living room as a gym, it's still limited! Yet you still hesitate to enroll in a sports club. He's a little young, right?

He needs to move and the sport is good

  • To learn to control your movements, test your balance, coordinate your actionsIn short, acquire a good body diagram, your child needs to climb, crawl, run, jump, catch. To this end, more and more sports federations and associations are opening structures adapted to toddlers (2 to 6 years old). Baby-gym, baby-judo, or baby-basket ... how to choose what suits him?
  • What has to be done. Under different names, all these miniclubs offer very similar activities. Climb on a small climbing wall made of foam, roll on a tatami or hang on a rope ... your child will be stimulated in his motor skills. The bottom line is that it takes pleasure. He loves animals? Why not try the pony?
  • What to tell him. "Do you remember how you loved to swim this summer, would you like to go swimming with friends on Wednesdays?"

It is still small for some sports

  • Before the age of 6-7, your child does not have sufficient control over his actions to send a ball to a specific spot or to make a judo shot.
  • Baby-sport activities have nothing to do with sports. In a playful way, they are centered on the bodily awakening, supervised by instructors trained in the early childhood, with adapted material. Sharing the same playground, children also learn the basics of community life: waiting in turn, respecting their partners ...
  • What has to be done. Coaching and club spirit count for a lot in the quality of learning.
  • To make you a idea, do not hesitate to ask for a few test sessions before enrolling your child in the quarter and especially the year.
  • To help you find your marks, you can also attend the first classes. Soon, your little shy will be very proud to succeed and will no longer need you to get started!
  • What to tell him. "You can just look at the beginning, you'll go with others when you want to."

Laetitia Moller with Dr. Michel Binder, pediatrician and doctor of child and adolescent sport, and François Gabel, sports teacher and head of a baby-gym club.

Dad's words

"Since childhood, Gabriel is a child who moves a lot. At the age of 3, we decided to register on Wednesday in a baby-judo club. It was actually mostly small gym exercises. Last year, he was able to start rugby, to be active and to channel his energy. It is beneficial for him to have other rules than those of home and school and to be confronted by instructors who fit him. His behavior has changed a lot, he feels valued and is much less bitter. And he also made lots of friends! " Hervé, father of Gabriel, 4 years and a half.

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