Signing your child up for a new sport can come with a handful of questions. Coach Kent has listed some helpful tips below that will help get your child get started on the right foot.
Tip #1 – Have Fun!
Sports should be all about fun. Our goal is to teach them the basics, but more importantly, make sure they are having fun! If they don’t have fun playing a sport for the first time, there is a chance that they will never want to play that sport again in the future.
Tip #2 – Try Something New!
Kids should be exposed to a variety of sports, and they’ll quickly let you know which ones they prefer. Plus, you will find that what you learn in one sport will translate to another sport. More often than not, stronger athletes are the ones that didn’t specialize in one sport at a younger age but played a multitude of sports and learned helpful skills from each.
Tip #3 – If it’s Not for Them, No Need to Worry!
Our classes are reasonably priced and only last a handful of weeks. That way, you can sign up for a single session, and if it’s not for them, you are not committed to an entire season of that sport. Also, our coaches will have extra equipment on-hand so you aren’t spending money on equipment that they may never touch again.
Tip #4 – Team vs. Individual Sports.
A majority of parents sign their kids up for sports, not just for the athletic experience, but for the social experience as well. However, not every child will benefit from playing sports on a team. Sign your child up for both team and individual sports to see which environment they like best.
Tip #5 – Have Questions? Contact Me!
I have been the Athletic Supervisor here at the Barrington Park District for over 10 years. If you need help finding the right program for your child or have any other questions about our athletic programs, please feel free to contact me at khengels@barringtonparkdistrict org or (847) 304-95273.
The Barrington Park District seeks to enhance the quality of life and the environment; to acquire, conserve, and protect natural resources; and to provide health and recreational opportunities for people of all ages and abilities in our community.