Team sports and other physical activities keep children fit and give them the chance to have some fun. Like many kids, yours may already have a full week of classes, practices, games, and performances. But if they are looking for a new activity to start or want to explore other options, this is the place for you both to look!
Supporting Youth Athletes
• Guide to Coaching Sports includes things like sports instruction with information and resources on the fundamental basics of teaching the game as well how to teach your children youth sports and sportsmanship.
• Why Some Kids Don't Like Teams from KidsHealth.org
• "Children and Sports: Choices for All Ages" from the Mayo Clinic. This article talks about age-appropriate activities for kids and discusses the fact that not all kids thrive in formal sports leagues.
• California State Physical Education Standards
• American Heart Association tips for families
• Check out our Family Fitness pages for more fitness ideas
Attend a local school or college game!
Inspire your kids to try or learn a new sport by taking them to a local middle or high school game or even try one of the local colleges. Tickets are pretty cheap and some games are free for kids.
Weblinks to check for games and events:
• SFUSD Middle School Sports
• SFUSD High School Sports
• Private Independent School Leagues
• San Francisco State University
• San Francisco City College
• University of San Francisco
SF Recreation and Park Department Programs
Get Out and Play!
SF Recreation and Parks offers a range of activities for the entire family, including: swimming, Tiny Tot, dance, golf, latchkey programs, lawn bowling, music, photography, basketball, science and environmental education, art, soccer, softball, track, tennis, and much more! The Department's Project Insight division oversees all recreation programs for people with disabilities. To learn more about Rec and Parks registration process and how to register online visit www.sfRecOnline.org or call 831-6800. Scholarships are available click here for more information. Several classes are free or very low cost. Here is a sample of programs you will find:
• Youth Cooking classes
• Sports Alternatives like juggling, youth bike program, cheerleading, frisbee, golf and table tennis.
• Swim lessons or recreational swimming
• Youth Dance classes
• Arts and Crafts and after school competitions.
Check out our Family Fitness pages for more fitness ideas.