Our son is 6 and started prep this year. He currently does swimming once a week after school during spring and summer. He doesn’t play a weekend sport and I’m unsure when we will start this. We have 3 children under 6 and would like them all to choose an activity they enjoy, but we also don’t want to be tied down all year round due to sporting commitments. Winter sport is what I grew up with, playing netball while my brothers did soccer, for 6 months of the year, so I can picture what it might look like for our family, but I’m hesitant to enroll our eldest in anything just yet. He also hasn’t asked or expressed any interest in an extracurricular activity and I don’t want to force this upon him, but I do envision an active healthy lifestyle for my children. What age did your children join a team sport or engage in an activity outside school?


Posted anonymously, 10th September 2019


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  • My kids started sport at 6.
    They play teeball which is from October- Feb with the Xmas break so it’s not too long.
    I found teeball to be a great sport because it’s not just about the one kid that scores the goal like in football soccer etc. The whole team actually has to help each other to win. Everyone gets a turn to bat and they all get a turn in the field to touch the ball. It’s a mixed sport which is great because my twins also play now. My son is now 12 and still plays but baseball and this in my twins 4th yr playing. We love it



  • My daughter started swimming lessons in Year 1 and recorder lessons. Just that. One hour of swimming and half an hour of recorder lessons. No team sports for her. She’s never been interested. And they ask indeed for a lot of commitment.


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