(Closed) Moms – Need Advice about my 6 year old and sports

posted 6 years ago in Parenting
Post # 3
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Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: April 2011

I wouldn’t pull him out just yet…. But I would up his at home practice. I’m sure your DS would love the extra time with you and your Darling Husband and he’ll probably pick it up & get comfortable quicker than you think.

DS is 7 and still hasn’t wanted to get into any sports… except barely mentioning soccer. I worry the same thing about not having put him in something sooner & him not already knowing the game, but I am NOT an athlete and until this past April I didn’t really have a guy to teach him anything.

I’m sure that as long as you and your Darling Husband just continue to encourage & practice with your DS that he’ll get into his own groove. =)

Post # 4
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Blushing bee
  • Wedding: January 2007

I’m totally not there yet (my son is 17 mos) but I did coach Upwards 4th/5th grade bball a couple years ago.

I’d say let you son be the guide. If he’s ok with how practice went – then let him keep going. It’s also a great teaching oppotunity for ‘practicing’. BUT. If he crys after every practice and it’s super traumatic – maybe it’s best to wait a while.

I’d also recommend buying a basketball for him and spending 30 minutes everyday doing the same stuff from practice at home with him. Dribbling – Passing etc. He’ll start to pick things up.

Really the only way he’s going to learn a lot is to be with other kids playing and watching. Even if you teach him at home and sign him up for another season the other kids will have a leg up on him. It could be that he’s not a ‘natural athlete’ and he’ll always be a step behind the other kids… but as long as he’s having fun let him play.

My half-sister at 12 always shot the ball as soon as it was in her hands no matter where she was on the court… so of course she rarely got passed the ball – but she still LOVES playing basketball 🙂

Post # 5
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: August 2012

Give him a little bit my son started hockey at 7 and some of the other kids started before him he was shakey at first but he has really caught up to them all

Post # 7
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: August 2012

I know once they get the hang of it they seem to have more fun

Post # 8
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: July 2012

He’ll probably learn rapidly, to be honest.  I won’t be surprised if he catches up to the other kids by the end of the season. (I’m speaking as a coach, not a parent).  My MIP (most improved players) are always the ones who come with no experience because they have so much to learn and usually do manage to learn it.

I agree with PP, let him guide it.  As long as he likes it, have him do it.  It could also be a good lesson in working hard, even if you’re not the best.

Post # 9
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Sugar bee

Since you hav a hoop and he does not seem to want to play with his parents (understandable, you have a height advantage), why not invite 1 of his new teammates over to play. Also, have you tried just dribbling a ball with him or teaching him HORSE/PIG. I am not a parent but used to coach tee ball and know that young kids are aware of who is “good” at the sport and who isn’t which is not to say that you should pull him out but encourage him to improve. Some kids just don’t like sports though so if he comes to you and asks to quit, I would not force him to continue past the first season. Also, it could just be the sport.

Another factor is freinds. I started playing baseball at age 6 because my best friend at the time was playing and my parents signed me up late and got me on her team even though I knew nothing about the sport I loved it. It helped that my older cousin was playing as well (in a different league) and we would play catch together. Is there a friend or neighbor who also plays that could help him get into it too.

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