I have a couple of questions for you all, and I was going to add it to the sports thread, but I saw we are in a new month. 1. DS has 2 hour basketball practices. He is 9 and playing his first year in this rec league. It seems a bit long to me because we always had 1 hour practices before. How long are your practices for your sport for similar age kids?
2. DD wants to do Tae Kwan Do. I think the place near us has where you can trial classes for the week. She is happy to wait until next year though. How do you like it? I did it as a teenager in our home (family friend), but it wasn't something I was super into, just happened to be really convenient. She wants to be a ninja and other kids in her class do it.
3. Neither of my kids expressed interest, but I really want to up their swim skill levels. Should I do that with swim team? Or is that too much of a commitment/ competitive if all I want is for their strokes to get better? They can both swim, but their strokes are not great (ages 9 and 6). The semi private swim lessons have helped, but it is a 16 year old teenager who is a bit flakey. So looking for something better than that, but maybe better than the once a week Sat morning swim classes because they are crazy busy and the instructors and also not super great. Should I look into something like Bear Paddle? DH says no, but I figure I can at least try it once before ruling it out. We keep trying to go through the park district but I feel like their swim program for lessons in general is not great. It used to be better but later on it seemed like the instructors weren't as good and every week we had someone different, so we didn't even know who their instructor would be- all teenagers for the most part. I'm also not a fan of their overall manager, not for any major reason, she just isn't great at her job.
4. Because of DS's ears he is balance challenged and anything involving wheels and skates are not great for him. I've been trying to get him to ride a bike for 3-4 years. He just mastered the scooter this summer. Should I worry about teaching the kids roller and ice skating (the one time we went he was like a wet noodle) or just say this is not a life skill and move on? As an adult, I went ice skating 3 times, and roller skating once. The roller skating place does have lessons that I could take DD, but not sure it is a priority. DS doesn't seem interested and doesn't seem to have the ability. DH and I did use to roller blade more.
waverly, 1. DD's team gymnastics practices are 3 hours long. For reference the rec level 1 & 2 class are 1 hour 15 minutes and girls express class which is above level 2 but not pre-team is 1 hour 45 minutes. These classes are designed for kids 6+.
2. DD's friend tried Tae Kwan Do through the park district and didn't like it. She is 8 and was one of the younger kids in class. I think the park district classes are geared for the tweens-adult group and not for little kids. She has another kid in her class that goes to a dojo and enjoys it and has made a lot of progress.
3. Swim team here does a great job on stroke development but it is a time commitment with at least 2 days a week 90 minute practices. I don't know if that is the case in all swim teams.
4. I can skate okay, and can't ice skate at all. I don't think it is a life skill that your DS must have. DD can almost skate as well as I can and all she did was go to open skates and figured out how to glide holding onto the wall at the rink. DD is also 8.5 and can't ride a bike and I've stopped pushing because it was just stressing all of us out.
Fall competition season is over! Working the state meet was very exhausting and I won't ever sign myself up for every session the entire day. You need at least a session off to just walk away and breathe. I liked entering times into the iPad the best out of all the jobs I did.
Head coach wants DD to get her skills before the end of this month so she can enroll her into the first meet of winter/spring at the end of January. Being sick isn't helping but I'm hoping the forced break will give her some new energy. We still have practices over winter break.
Post by mustardseed2007 on Dec 4, 2019 18:07:55 GMT -5
1/2 We do Karate, mostly TKD but other martial arts as well are mixed in. It's DS' main sport and he's been enjoying it. His TKD classes have just bumped up to 1 hour, 2 times per week.
3. In our area, the neighborhood swim team does a great job for improving the stroke of kids who can already swim, at least so I've heard. It probably depends on what's available in your area. It's not TERRIBLY competitive where we live, but certain kids are more competitive than others. For perspective, our swim team starts practicing in may after school, and then switches to morning practices at 8:30am-9:30 or 9-10am during June until mid July. It ends with the meet of champions in July, and then it's over. It's probably one of the least working-parent friendly sports in our area as well, with meets being during weekdays beginning at 4:30pm or something like that. We don't take part because of the schedule, and that sucks because it's sort of neighborhood bonding time.
4. No advice, neither of my kids can ride a bike without training wheels. I bought them scooters for christmas, which they didn't ask for.
BTW, over thanksgiving I gave my kids the choice of cleaning the house with me or playing outside and they chose playing outside. The mild weather of the winter is the best for my weird kids.
2. My kids flipping LOVE Taekwondo. DD, who is 7, is a rock star. DS, who is 5, thinks it’s super fun and watching all the kindergarten boys try to kick and block is maybe my top entertainment of 2019.
4. Skating is not a life skill. Neither is bike riding. Unless you live in the Netherlands. Then maybe, MAYBE, you need to ride a bike. Let it go.
1. 2 hour practices start up for travel basketball in 4th grade here (do 9/10). DD1 wanted to play, but I couldn’t make it work. I think it’s excessive. Her practices would have been 2X per week 20 mins away, and 2 games each weekend 30 mins away. DH is unreliable during the week, and I just couldn’t do it. So she’s playing town rec instead. I feel like it’s impossible to just have fun in a sport nowadays. So many kids are quitting as a result.
2. No one has ever asked for karate, but I would try to find a spot if there was interest and it didn’t interfere with something else.
3. I also tried to find a swim team to help the kids with their strokes. Everything here seems hypercompetitive, and all the swim teams required 4x weekly practices (1.5 -2 hrs each) and meets every Saturday. It didn’t leave room for anything else. I gave up. That isn’t worth it to me.
For DD1, everything has to work around therapy and piano. DD1 is not an athlete, but she is a musician. We won’t stop piano for anything else, and she really wants to pick up a second instrument. But DD2 is showing a lot of interest in soccer. I don’t know how to fit it all in.
Post by mustardseed2007 on Dec 5, 2019 6:17:39 GMT -5
To let you know how much DS enjoys martial arts, I have been considering sending him to a conditioning program for kids at my gym so he can be in better shape and therefore be better at karate. He has a a hard time keeping his balance, which I'm pretty sure is related to poor core strength. They do a tiny bit of conditioning in each class but it's more like their warm up. And this is a silly idea in many ways because the program we are in is more about confidence building than being competitive but then again, I think it would be good for him.
I've been ignoring that thought for a while because it seemed like me being crazy mom, but DH brought it up at DS' last belt test and I was like....that's an interesting idea DH...you know the gym has this class for kids....
Thanks everyone. I’m going to go back and reread the responses again. I was thinking of attempting the biking every year but I might push that back 2 years. I was thinking life skill but you are right if you can’t bike there is always walking, the car and public transit so really it’s not. The ice skating is an event for cub scouts that I had to say no to. My mom was bragging about how she taught us to roller skate but honestly I think roller skating might have been more of a thing way back then. It’s not super close by or popular with the kids here. I might take DD again if we have nothing else to do just to get out of the house, but I won’t worry about DS. My mom didn’t have kids that weren’t typically developing so I guess we’ll chalk this up to something she cannot understand.
This is rec basketball so the practices are only 1 time a week. Some coaches might do 2 times a week but luckily our coach isn’t super ambitious. 1 game in Sat but games don’t start until mid January so it’s only 1 time a week right now.
Swim team is all year round so I have to see what’s up. When I originally looked I thought too much s commitment but the swim classes seem so slow.
Post by covergirl82 on Dec 5, 2019 10:49:43 GMT -5
waverly, DS is 10 and his rec basketball practices are an hour. Even his club team practices are only an hour.
DS has 2 more rec basketball games and then rec bball will be done. He'll have a few practices for his club bball team before Christmas break, and then after Christmas break he'll pick back up with club bball and his travel baseball team will start (indoor) practices.
DD is still doing hip hop dance. DH and I would like to see if she might be interested in trying a lacrosse clinic this winter to see if she'd be interested in trying it.
My girls swim for a swim team and it is highly competitive. My oldest swims for 3 hours a night (she's 11) and my 7 year old swims for an hour each night. BUT - that's because that is what we choose. Most swim teams allow you to make it what you wanted to be. If my kids only wanted to swim for an hour a night 2 days a week, that would be totally fine. If they never wanted to do a meet, they would never have to. So, I suggest you email your locals swim team and ask. Ours also does 3 week trial sessions all season, so you can get a feel for what it is like before having to commit. As a non swimmer, no one is going to expect your kids to jump in full force. USA swimming (our national parent organization) is all about encouraging swim safety, just getting kids in the water and learning the mechanics. They do not expect kids to all want to swim competitively.
Like I mentioned above, my oldest swims for 3 hours/5 days a week. She loves it, and has swam at this level since she was about 9/10. This season is off slow, like most of her fall seasons are. She is at peak yardage, but coming in at around her best times at meets so that's good. Her next meet is next weekend, so we should be seeing some small time drops.
DD2 finally has her cast off her arm (broke it at gymnastics back in October). So we have her back at swim practice hoping to help her get some strength built up. She won't be going back to the gym until January at the earliest.
Both girls start basketball this Sunday. I’m coaching DD2’s team, and DD1 has a skills session at the exact same time across town. The skills session will determine the her team - the coaches will attend and then have a draft immediately after.
DD2 also starts soccer training in a couple of weeks. Then after New Years she starts a second soccer training. So we will have DD1 therapy on Mon, soccer tues and Wed, piano Thurs, basketball Sun, and probably another day of basketball in there somewhere. Should be interesting 😳
2 more volleyball weekends until it’s over. It’s playoffs/tournament time. DD desperately wants it to be over. I do too. And I feel so bad because her coaches are so awesome and have been great with all the girls. But the girls (except their daughters) are snotty and pretty cliquish.