Ready for sport

Sports can help children develop physical skills, get exercise, make friends, have fun, learn teamwork, and improve self-esteem. However, the highly stressful, competitive, "win at all costs" attitude prevalent in many professional sports can lead to an unhealthy environment for children. It is important to remember that the attitudes and behavior taught to children in sports carry over to adult life.


Read the article about sports and children and complete the sentences below.

Complete the sentences with NO MORE than TWO WORDs from the reading.

  1. When thinking about a child's sport readiness, it is important to be aware that children develop at ________.

  2. For ages 2 to 5, consider sports activities that focus on ________ such as throwing, and catching.

  3. Also, at ages 2 to 5, _________ should be avoided.

  4. For ages 6 to 9, sports which involve complex visual and motor skill or teamwork may need to be _________ for younger players.

  5. Boys, aged 10 to 12 should compete with others with the similar __________.

  6. Furthermore, at this age, ________ can temporarily impact a child's ability to perform a skill.

  7. During puberty, especially in regard to contact sports, parents should think about body size, physical maturity and ___________.

  8. Children should participate in a range of sports so as to learn a variety of _______.

  9. Children shouldn't be involved in win/lose sports until they realise that their _________ is not dependent on winning.

When you are ready, enter your answers in the sheet below


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