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How much sport outside school do other parents have their children doing? I have a 9 year old daughter.

Posted anonymously, 14th July 2014

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  • When the soccer season starts my kids can be doing up to 3-4 nights training and then game on Saturday, in the off season the youngest kids have been hitting the skate parks for hours on end or bikeriding and the oldest he does lots of bikeriding and the second eldest he does a lot of practising soccer off season with his mates .

  • My daughter started playing netball at age 9. We signed her up after my daughter showed an interest in the game.

  • My kids do only swimming in the summer.

  • We are a very busy family with me working 2 jobs & we have a race team. Our eldest is enrolled in Junior Ju Jitsu. He loves it & so do we! He does it after school once a week.

  • Maybe a bit different but my 7yo boy is always doing something sometimes there is an overlap in sports. So he does judo once a week & auskick twice a week which has now finished and he is about to start aussie hoops basketball and milo cricket which over lap by about 3-4 weeks. So at this stage really only twice a week.

  • My daughter joined a netball team when she was nine and played for three years. She wasn’t enjoying it anymore after that.

  • My kids have one outside school sporting interest, one they don’t do at school. It would be too hard for me to get them to training, practice, games if they did more then that

  • Mine aren’t that age yet but when i was that age I loved soccer, dance, mma, basketball, tennis and swimming.

  • By the age of nine you can pretty safely leave that decision up to your kids, let them choose what after school activities they are interested in. Sport is great for kids, not only is it healthy but it promotes healthy social interactions and can even help develop a health psychological foundation

  • My 9 year old son does soccer in winter and t-ball in summer. My niece who is 9 does netball, t-ball and little athletics. If my son wasn’t a sports kid, I would still try and encourage him to do at least one throughout the year and maybe something that they were interested in as well, such as chess club, book club, craft club or something, I think sport is important for children, it teaches them team spirit, confidence, as well as keeping fit and healthy.

  • My boys both play footy (3 days per week) and basketball (2 nights per week). One of my sons is nine and the other is 12. My 9 year old also does drums once per fortnight and my 12 year does guitar and junior fire brigade.

  • My kids do dance & auskick

    Our auskick at Hammond Park (perth) has a girl team
    and my daughter does dance at Star studio dance academy (success,perth)

  • Only what they want to do and what you are able to afford and give the time to yourself.

    My eldest did Dance, Swimming (which required being at the pool bright and early before school with my younger two in tow…i was quite relieved when she decided to move on to surfing), surfing and modeling.

    My other two were really not interested in doing any sports or after school activities.

  • We have a one sport rule other wise we found the kids where doing to much and not having any down time in a week.

  • We do one sport only! I think this is perfectly fine. Not all kids like traditional sport. As long as they get plenty of exercise it doesn’t matter. Walking and playing is good too.

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