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Kids and Sports

The Triple P Team talks sportsmanship, competition, and selecting the right sport for your child. 

In Lane County, spring sports are in full swing.  Soccer, rugby, lacrosse, basketball, baseball, T-ball – everything is gearing up for a fun experience for kids and families.  Sports play an important role in many children’s lives and provide them with a wealth of opportunities.  Along with fitness and physical health, sports have strong ties to mental and social health and success in school.  Here’s how to get the most out of your child’s sports experience and help promote a lifelong pursuit of physical activity.

Developing an interest

Kids need encouragement and a foundation of confidence to play most sports.  Start early to develop basic skills like catching and kicking balls, hopping, skipping and jumping.

Making the choice – what sport should your child play?

In Lane County, there are lots of choices that are connected with nonprofit organizations like Kidsports, YMCA, South Valley Athletics and more.

Promoting success

Success in youth sports should be tied to having fun and getting to play. While mastery of the game is a part of the fun, most kids won’t grow up to be a sports star and the lessons of losing are as important as those of winning.  Put competition aside for enjoyment of the game.  Here are some pointers for doing so.

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This article is brought to you by Parenting Now! Parenting Educators and authors Amanda Bedortha, Claire Davis, and Lynne Swartz and consultant Jay Thompson ( 

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