Youth, School, and Kids Sports
- Advice from Sports Parents (36)
- Youth Sports FAQs (4)
- Youth Sports Profiles (34)
- Youth Sports Safety (7)
The Best Sports for Kids
Joining a sports team encourages your child to be active, make friends, try new skills and learn sportsmanship. So choose sports for kids with care.
Sportsmanship: Teach Your Kids About Winning and Losing in Sports
With kids starting soccer at 3 and swim team at 5, teaching sportsmanship is more important than ever. Forty million kids are playing youth sports today. This means a greater emphasis on winning, but also offers an opportunity to teach sportsmanship early and often. The best time to instill values is when kids are younger.
Keep Your Child From Being a Quitter
Find the best ways to respond to "I quit!" Before you say no, try to find the underlying reason.
Dealing with Disappointment in Youth Sports
Dealing with disappointment in sports is an opportunity for kids to learn character traits like resilience, determination, and good sportsmanship.
How to Talk With Your Child's Coach About Problems
If your child is having problems with sports, the coach will want to know. Here's how to talk to the coach to help your child succeed in youth sports.
10 Basics of Sportsmanship for Kids
Help your young athlete be a team player. Discuss these 10 basic principles of sportsmanship.
Save Money on Youth Sports
Find 10 ways to save money on youth sports, from registering early to snagging a scholarship.
How Youth Sports Parents Can Help Kids Thrive
Youth sports provide many benefits. Here's how youth sports parents can make sure young athletes are getting the most from their participation.
Healthy Snacks for Pre-game, Post-game, and Half-Time
Learn what healthy snacks to give kids before a game, after a game, and at half-time. Kids' nutritional needs are different in the hours before and after physical activity, so provide healthy snacks that give young athletes the nutrients they need.
Create a Healthy Sports Snack Policy
Improve half-time or post-game sports snacks by asking your child's league to institute a healthy snack policy. This sample letter to parents will get you started.
Good Sportsmanship for Kids and Families
Learning good sportsmanship is a long-term project, maybe even a life-long one. We have the resources to help your family build this important skill.
Sports Specialization: What's Safe, What's Not
When is it OK for kids to specialize in one sport, playing year-round and training intensively?
Help Your Child Cope with Sports Anxiety
Game-day jitters, performance pressure, sports anxiety: As kids get more competitive in sports, worries get bigger too. Here's how to help.
Show Your Support: Coach Is a Tough Job
When you support the coach, your child learns more and will likely enjoy sports more too. You can help support coaches even if you don't know anything about your child's sport.
Find the Best Sports Camps for Kids
A summer sports camp can help your child strengthen skills, meet new people, learn new things, and have fun. Learn more about how to choose the right camp for your sports-loving kid.
Balance Kids' Sports and the Family Schedule
When one kid has practice here and another has a game waaay over there , at the same time, what's a parent to do? It's true that kids' sports and other activities can wreak havoc on the family schedule, especially when you have more than one child. These time management tips will help you organize your family schedule so you can fit in the...
Teach Sportsmanship with Books
Help school-age kids learn big lessons about winning, losing, and fair play with these appealing books (that don't feel like lectures).
Great Sports Books for Tweens and Teens
Reading a book about sports can help adolescents think about and discuss tough issues like ethics, sportsmanship, and friendship.
Benefits of Girls' Sports
Whether you were a girl athlete, you're the parent of one, or both, share your thoughts: What benefits do sports bring to girls? Why are sports important for girls, or for you or your daughter in particular?
Multitasking for Sports Parents
Shuttling kids to lessons, classes, and other events can leave sports parents with lots of waiting time to fill. Here are 10 ways to come prepared.
What to Say to Your Child After a Game or Sporting Event
Win or lose, boost your child's self-esteem with supportive comments and questions after games, races, and other sporting events.
Sports Summer Camp Guide
A sports summer camp program can help your child gain confidence, improve skills, and build strength. This guide offers advice, and resources for all aspects of sports camps.