K.G. asks from Carrollton, TX on July 28, 2008
Need Suggestions from Moms for Starting 3 1/2 Year Old in Sport Activity
My little boy is 3 1/2 years old and wants to participate in soccer but my husband and I can't find a sports organization that starts kids in soccer any younger than 5 years of age. Do any Moms have suggestions for 3 1/2 year old that wants to participate in sports activity? Soccer or t-ball would be great. Carrollton or Plano area preferred.
L.R. answers from Dallas on July 29, 2008
K., I started my 3 year old in the YMCA soccer league. You do not have to be a member. He was on a new team with his 2 cousins (girl/boy) the same age. We enjoyed the opportunity to start him in a sport and give him a chance to learn a little about soccer, teamwork, etc... I didn't have any high expectations--- just to keep him on the field w/o pouting or running off to the playground was a challenge. I did enjoy the Sat. mornings with other parents/kids and the Y I highly recommend. Most people would say that 3 is early to introduce a sport like that---they don't have a concept of what the game is all about. But, he now keeps talking about playing soccer again and I'm going to continue the program in the fall. He was the youngest and the 3 1/2 -4 year olds were certainly a little more advanced. Call your Y. You have to pay an extra cost if you are not a member---minimal---but that would be my suggestion.
L.W. answers from Dallas on July 29, 2008
Contact Plano Sports Authority. Seems they had a young T-ball group years ago.
L.S. answers from Dallas on July 29, 2008
Check with your local YMCA. My kids started playing soccer thru the Y at age 3. I have to say though, they were a bit young to be playing on a team at that age. The Y does have a soccer skills clinic that meets once a week for a couple of months. If I had it to do over again, I'd start with that and then do team soccer the following season. Good luck!
E.T. answers from Dallas on July 28, 2008
The city of carrollton also has sports activities for the little ones.
T.M. answers from Dallas on July 28, 2008
My daughter played co-ed soccer for PSA when she was three and it was great. She looked forward to it and we did too. There were lots of kids at differant developmental levels but most seemed to have fun just running around. No one noticed who won because the score is not kept. T-ball was no fun. you have to wait your turn and stay in position and not make a fuss sitting and waiting. My kids are 7 and 8 now and still hate waiting their turn in baseball. Some kids are good at that; mine aren't. Not to mention it is a much longer game.
Soccer all the way!!
A.B. answers from Dallas on July 29, 2008
My son is almost 3 and participated in Pony Ball last summer and is again playing in the fall. Check out www.ponyball.org for more information. Also, the Northtown YMCA has sports activities for little ones, esp soccer. Feel free to contact me if you have any questions.
H.T. answers from Dallas on July 29, 2008
Blue Sky in The Colony offers a First Kicks program for children ages 3 & 4. They then move up to a program that is called Junior Kicks that is for ages 5 & 6. The great thing about it is that during the Texas heat all games are played indoors! There is also another indoor facility called Image Matrix in The Colony/Little Elm which also offers programs for that age group as well. My 4 year old daughter plays soccer at Blue Sky and she loves it!
K.S. answers from Dallas on July 29, 2008
My grandson is 3 and we enrolled him in Soccer Tots. He loves it. They have several locations. They can be reached at ###-###-#### or on the web at www.soccertotsdallas.com