Yes, sports teaches many things that nothing else can do.
I always wanted to do stuff when I was a kid but not much was available to me way back then.
As a grandparent raising grandchildren I understand the importance of what sports teach and how important it is to keep the kids so busy they don't have time to find trouble or to become lazy and addicted to TV or games.
Our granddaughter is in 2 dance classes, she does hip hop one night per week for one hour.
She is in a combo class of tap/ballet one night per week for one hour. She hates the ballet part of it but it is crucial to her bone development and her posture, growth, etc...she gets to choose all kinds of stuff and I choose this class for her. She understands this and goes. She has started to get to that stage where she is beginning to like some of the stuff she is learning too. There is a time period from about 5 up to 7 where they don't want to go but if they just go they end up enjoying it while they are there. Google the benefits of ballet for kids.
She is in gymnastics one hour per week after hip hop class, she begged for a couple of months to do this, she gets plenty of tumbling but she really really wanted to do more stuff on the uneven parallel bars so she does the hour of gymnastics when she gets out of hip hop. A couple of her classmates also do this now so she has several friends in it too.
Then she made the show team for gymnastics this past Summer so she goes to show team practice twice a week an hour each time. During that hour she is flying through the air, flipping over and over and over doing all kinds of tucks, handsprings, splits in the air, etc...she loves each and every minute of it, plus the go to every school in the district and put on a show. At her school she is a bit of a popular girl due to this activity and the BMX.
BMX is awesome. As soon as kids can ride without training wheels they can rice bicycles in BMX.
You can go to:
to find a track near you. It is worth the effort to even go to one race and explore the possibility of racing. It is very family oriented and there are tracks all over the USA and Canada that ABA members can race on.
Our grandson has some sensory issues and is just starting to calm down enough to do sports.
He has played T-Ball in the past, it is mostly fun for the parents. The kids learn how to work together as a team a little bit, it is one of those beginning sports that are only for little kids. No pressure, mostly just for fun of getting to hit the ball and run. A lot of the kids will sit down and play in the dirt when they are in the outfield. It is boring to wait for the other teams players to make contact with the ball. It is just for fun, they don't even keep score.
They get to have a tee shirt, trophy or medal at the end, and have made some new friends they will see again and again through their childhood while playing sports.
He has done T-Ball and Soccer through the Y too. Still very low pressure and the focus is on team work and sportsmanship. Very worth the time and effort to do the Y sports.
He wants to do football too and has the body type to be very good. He can throw anything, stereo speakers, chairs, toys, brooms, tables, etc...dead center each and every time he has a rage and is acting out....yes, it happens daily. His issues are very complex and he is seeing a couple of people and has his own aid in pre-K.
He would love to do football and we would love for him to but it is very expensive. The registration fee is $50 and then the clothes rental is $50, then he has to buy a jersey which is another fee. He can wear his soccer cleats but the tip of the toes has an extra cleat in football shoes. We cut it off for soccer and we would not want to buy more shoes just for football.
He will be allowed to do any and all sports he wants to because it helps with his development and his sensory issues. If he becomes too aggressive in a sport he will immediately be done with that one that day and only allowed to participate again if he is acting accordingly.
Both kids do swim lessons when they are available at the Y and when they fit with our schedule. Of course during soccer season and everything else Spring is not a good time to do them. Most of them are smaller classes though since most are doing the sports.
I hope you will google bone development and things like that when you are trying to decide on what sports to do. I googled why do kids need gymnastics and got site after site about how they movement makes the bones even grow to a different strength and shape. It is amazing what the different activities can do for the kids that they have no idea about.