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Is Your Child Ready for Youth Sports?

With Super Bowl Sunday taking place in a few short days (Go Patriots!), fathers everywhere are asking the traditional American question, “When can my kid start playing sports?”

…and mothers everywhere let out a little gasp.

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Hey Mom, let me play sports!

My baby? Playing sports??

Youth sports are more competitive than ever, and any coach will tell you that the sooner you begin, the better chance your child will have to develop superior athletic skills. Involvement in youth sports has many benefits, beginning with providing your child with supervised physical activity. Keeping children active has proven to be the great challenge of millennial parenting, but enrolling your child in a sport at an early age can get them into healthy habits before they develop a screen addiction.

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Everything is cool when your part of a team.

Youth sports will also give your child the opportunity to work cooperatively in a team, learn how to follow directions, develop perseverance, and make new friends! You may be thinking, this all sounds wonderful…but which sport should I pick? What age should they start? Should I pick one sport or try several? You’ve got questions, and we’ve got the answers.

The Right Sport at the Right Age

T-ball and soccer programs are available for children as young as two years old. Should every two year old sign up to play? Probably not. As in any situation, you need to know your child. If they are able to follow simple directions and can sustain their attention for a few minutes at a time, you should consider giving it a shot at this age. Baseball or Soccer? Again, that depends on your child. Do you have a runner who needs to expend a ton of energy? Soccer is the game for you. Is your child more of a thinker who likes to toss his toys around? T-ball it is!

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Soccer is perfect for your wild child!

As your child gets older, more options open up.

Football is fabulous, but if you are concerned about the risk of concussions, flag football is a safer bet for the first few years.

Karate is a wonderful activity that your child can pick up at any age. The best part? Your child doesn’t need to be exceptionally strong or quick to succeed. Karate is more about technique than physical ability.

Gymnastics are great for girls or boys, and become especially popular during years that coincide with the Olympics.

Basketball and Lacrosse are hot sports right now, and you can find tons of leagues, camps, and clinics popping up throughout the year.

Did you know that there are even options for your child to play Ice Hockey in Miami? It’s true! There are so many ways for your child to get involved in youth sports, you just need to bite the bullet and begin!

But What About Specialization?

Whenever your child does begin to play sports, you may begin dreaming of them being the next Tom Brady, Tim Tebow, or Sam Bradford. What do all of these players have in common? They grew up playing multiple sports.

Resist the temptation to throw all of your eggs in one basket in a desire to get your toddler ready for college scholarship offers. College coaches prefer well rounded athletes, but before we get to that level, playing different sports offers great benefits for your child, including a decreased risk of injury.

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Try gymnastics for your little climber!

Now that you have the facts, you have the choice. Is your child ready to play sports? We would love to hear about your future plans. Does your child play sports already? We would love to hear about the local youth leagues you are involved in! Be sure to comment below and join in on the conversation.

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  • My daughter graduated from the school this year and started Kindergarten. Going into her fourth week of her big transition, her teachers informed me that she had an outstanding base from her preschool and is reading first grade level! A Sunny Start Preschool prepared my little girl in a spectacular way! The staff is very professional and family oriented not to mention superb state of the art facility. Needless to say I highly recommend the school!

    - Rocky, Dad of Natalia
  • I love love love this preschool/daycare! Very caring and loving staff and my oldest son loves going every day! I am so excited my twins also started a few months ago, they are so happy here as well. The teachers here are amazing! They genuinely care about the students and the woman in charge of curriculum for the school is always looking for new and great ways to teach the kids. I have 3 children at this school and could not be happier.

    – Samantha T. – Mom of Mason, Logan, and Olivia
  • My grandchildren have all attended A Sunny Start Preschool and this was the only preschool they attended. Three of the four are already in Elementary School and thanks to the foundation that they developed in this school, they are students with high grades. Thank you very much to all the teachers who are always attentive and patient with children. The quality of academics that children receive at this school is evident in their success.

    - Liliana, grandmother of Xavier, Jocey, Zander, and Amanda
  • I would recommend this school to any parent searching for a preschool with an excellent curriculum. My daughter is 7 years old and attended this preschool. After graduating from Pre K she tested advanced at her current Charter elementary school. Her teachers were impressed at her knowledge and how advanced her reading was. This school helped her read and went over all the subjects she needed to prepare her for Elementary. She recently tested for gifted this year by MDCPS. This was all due to the foundation she received here. The teachers are amazing and caring. Two of my friends that had their children here also tested for gifted. I am so happy with the school, the curriculum, the teachers, and the staff and now my son currently attends A Sunny Start Preschool. I would not go anywhere else.

    - Barbie, mom of Enzo and Sophia
  • I'm happy to have found this place. The attention is the best. The teachers are the best. My children learn something new every day. I wholeheartedly say to you that every child that goes through this program comes out a winner!

    – Gladys M, Mom of Denisse and Daniela
  • I recommended A Sunny Start Preschool to all whom have children from birth to 6 & more if they would take older.  I am a proud mother of very bright and advanced children thanks to the tutelage of Teacher Carmen, Milly, Angela, & Sofia. As you can see I have had an experience with every level of teacher in the school. I have a Kindergarten boy which I am proud to say is in K- 1 in his school. For those who do not know what K-1, this is where Kindergarten students are also being taught with 1st graders. My four year old is still at A Sunny Start Preschool and she is extremely bright. The curriculum in her class is incredibly advanced and even though I hate homework she is always excited and eager to do it. She can identify words and knows her numbers this also has to do with the fact she loves her school. All this and she has not yet started VPK because of her birthday, but she will be starting come this school year. Thank you Jennifer, Carmen, Milly, Angela, Sofia & Tatiana you guys are the best.

    – Gaby, mom of Zander and Amanda
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