As parents, we all go through the process of wondering not only how we sign our kids up for organized sports, but more importantly, what we are getting our kid into. Perhaps the questions below will help ensure that your child will have a positive experience in a league that meets their needs and interests, rather than a negative experience in a league that doesn't suit them.
Here's a list of questions to ask a potential league:
- If I sign my child up to play in this league, can I be sure they will be given a chance to play? Note: Many leagues are focused on the gifted athlete. If your child isn't a gifted athlete, you both may be in for a long season.
Our organization, the National Alliance for Youth Sports, finds that a tremendous number of children drop out of youth sports programs simply because, according to them, "it just wasn't fun." Following the above checklist may help prevent your child becoming one of the future sports dropouts.