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The Best Sports for Kids

Finding the right sports for kids isn't always child's play.


Updated May 20, 2014

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When it comes to extracurricular activities, you really can't beat sports for kids. Joining a sports team helps your child stay active, practice and learn sportsmanship, improve social skills and concentration, and develop a hobby he can enjoy for life.

But not all sports for kids are created equal. To match your child with the right sport, consider her size, age, skills, abilities, and above all, her interests; if she has her heart set on ice hockey, she won't be happy with even the most enthusiastic and talented volleyball coach.

These youth sports profiles will help you learn more about particular sports:

It's also helpful to get the inside scoop from parents in the know. Here's what experienced moms and dads have to say about:

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