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If your child is ready for more structured activities, consider choosing a non-competitive sport.

Younger children have a shorter attention span, often finding it hard to follow the rules of some games . Some organisations offer a simplified version of their sport that is suitable for younger children.  The focus is on everyone getting involved and learning new skills rather than on winning or losing.

Here are some examples of programs aimed at younger children:

Between the ages of 3 and 5, your child is still developing movement skills, so regular unstructured play is still important to help them learn basic skills :

  • Balancing
  • Running
  • Jumping
  • Hopping
  • Catching
  • Throwing
  • Kicking

These skills form the basis for learning more complex skills that may be required in some sports when they get older. Allowing your child the time to develop these basic skills will help to give them confidence to participate in more structured sports as they get older.

 
[Source: ACT Health; Raising Children Network]