Football Games for Kids

Football Games For Kids

When you think of football, you probably think of big guys wearing lots of padding and getting knocked around.

That means that when it comes to kids football, you might be a little worried about sending your child out onto the field. However, football does have a lot to teach, from coordination to team spirit, and it really is never to early to start.

As long as you have the appropriate equipment, there are plenty of football games for kids to play that aren’t going to have them coming home with black eyes or broken noses! Today we’re looking at what you should keep in mind when it comes to football for kids so that you can make sure that your child is both safe and having fun.

Which Football Games for Kids are Right?

Kids Football GamesIt’s unusual that smaller children will play full contact football. Generally, kids play flag football, a variant of traditional football that involves grabbing a flag from the waistband of the opposing player, rather than knocking him to the floor.

Obviously, this is far safer for children to play. This has the benefit of allowing younger children to learn the appropriate rules of the game, without placing young bodies in too much danger.

In general, contact football won’t start until at least middle school level. However, you can even play simple throw and catching practice games out in the yard to help your child improve his coordination.

You might want to consider investing in a practice net, which will allow your child to practice both kicking and throwing without needing another player around.  Another great thing about this practice net is that is can be used indoors and/or outdoors all year round.

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Kids Tennis Rackets: A Parent’s Guide

Kids TennisKids tennis has changed dramatically in the past few years, not to mention the past decade.

If you’re a parent who played tennis when you were your child’s age we’re sure that you weren’t using a racket that was small enough or light enough.

The technologies that are going into tennis rackets these days makes it possible for kids as young as two years old to play “real” tennis and not be held back by using a racket that is too big for them.

If you’ve been to any tennis court after school or on Saturday mornings lately you’ve surely seen the youngsters that are rallying balls back and forth, running side to side and even ripping forehand winners up the line!

Kids tennis rackets are dramatically changing the caliber of kids under the age of ten.

Long gone are the days of the under 10 and under 12 categories of kids tennis being dominated by the best moon baller!

When Should Your Child Start Playing Tennis?

Kids rackets are so light and so small these days that you can literally start your child in tennis lessons between one or two year old!

Now picking the right kids tennis racket these days is also much harder than it was just a few years back.

There are 15″ rackets, 17″ rackets, 19″ rackets, 25″, 27″, blue rackets, pink rackets, Dora the Explorer themed kids tennis rackets and so much more!

We all know that personal preference plays a large part of whether or not you like a tennis racket.  It’s hard to ask your two or three year old which tennis racket they like better as their answers will most likely hinge on factors such as color or theme.

It’s very important that your child is using the best kids tennis racket for them.  As they grow and develop it’s also very important to move them into a larger racket so their skills can continue to improve.

We’ve done an extensive amount of research and below you’re find our rules of thumb and recommendations when it comes to choosing the best kids tennis rackets!

Tennis Rackets for 1, 2, 3 or 4 Years Olds

Believe it or now, this 15″ kids tennis racket from Le Petit Tennis has made “playing” tennis possible for kids between the ages of 1 and 2 years old.

Now, they aren’t going to be playing full matches or probably even rallying the ball back and forth but they will be able to get use to handling a racket and it will help their hand eye cordination to play for fun in short bursts at this age.

This 15″ frame is the smallest and lightest tennis racket (possible in the world).

[easyazon-image align=”right” asin=”B0049O0D7I” locale=”us” height=”160″ src=”http://ecx.images-amazon.com/images/I/41JnVKPp6VL._SL160_.jpg” width=”160″]The best kids tennis racket to start your 2 year old son or daughter off with is the Le Petit Tennis Racket because it is only 17 inches long and very light.

Paring this tiny kids tennis racket with My First Tennis Ball makes the game of tennis fun and easy for the youngsters because they have control over their racket and the big inflatable ball.

This 17″ frame is one of the smallest and lightest tennis racket that we could find and it’s only $18.95 which makes getting your kid(s) started in tennis very affordable.

The great folks over at Le Petit Sports have bundled up a great starter kit that we recommend you check out: Le Petit Tennis – My First Tennis KIT Starter Kit.

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Gymnastics Bars For Both Beginners and Pros

Gymnastics BarsA set of Practice Gymnastics Bars are great tools for both young boys and girls to help strengthen their core muscles and develop muscle memory for bar related gymnastic skills.

Young boys often train for strength moves on practice bars in the gym and young girls practice and compete whole routines on them.

Many sets of practice bars are perfect for a basement practice area – some are low to the ground so the gymnast, if they do falter, will only fall a few inches to a crash mat (if at all) and getting into and out of practice positions is so much easier.

Practice bars are made out of many different materials, from wood to plastic and most resemble push up bars that adults often use.

Young gymnasts can practice their hand placements as well as developing the muscles needed to hold themselves upright on the bars or in a tuck position (working just about every muscle in the body!).

Practice Gymnastics Bars For Those Just Starting Out

[easyazon-image align=”right” asin=”B003YU9S6U” locale=”us” height=”175″ src=”http://ecx.images-amazon.com/images/I/31jFRd9E85L.jpg” width=”175″]For those little ones just starting out, these 4ft Purple Horizontal Bar and 6ft Pink Folding Gym Mat are the perfect set.

It also includes a custom mat that is guaranteed to fit correctly underneath help to ensure everyone’s safety.

Practice Gymnastics Bars For Those Well On Their Way

[easyazon-image align=”right” asin=”B002U1PHKA” locale=”us” height=”153″ src=”http://ecx.images-amazon.com/images/I/41UJTgu-n8L._SL160_.jpg” width=”160″]We recommend this practice gymnastics bar for the more mature gymnast, they are perfect for at home practice. Gymnastics Expandable Junior Training Bar.

These at home practice bars have a very stable base and are relatively easy to move around, when necessary and they are also adjustable, so as your young gymnast grows these practice bars with can grow with them.

We also recommend that you purchase a high quality gymnastics crash mat to put underneath your new practice bars, to keep your little tumbler safe.

 

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Gymnastics Beam: When Practice Makes Perfect

Your young gymnast will likelyGymnastics Beam try to use just about anything as a Gymnastics Balance Beam – the curb, the countertop, the railing, you name it.

To keep them safe and recreate their practice environment in your home, consider purchasing a practice gymnastics beam.

There are a few varieties, all low to the ground while still giving your athlete an opportunity to practice skills.

As an added bonus, those tricks they are scared to try on the high beam in the gym can be tried on the low beam in your own home (with a mat, of course) until their confidence is ready to take them to new heights in the gym in front of their coaches.

Several Varieties To Choose From

As mentioned, there are a few different varieties.  You can opt to go with suede for a feel similar to the one your athlete practices on in the gym, or foam for easy care and soft landings, or even folding varieties that can be stored away when not in use.

Some are nearly flush to the ground (raised an inch or two with a side that slopes down to the floor) and others mimic a high beam and actually provide your gymnast with an inch or two of clearance between the bottom of the beam and the floor (see featured products).

These practice beams cover a variety of needs.  We bet you’ll find one that works for you and your athlete!

The Gymnastics Folding Training Low Beam is a perfect beam[ solution for those of us who have storage as a high priority.

[easyazon-image align=”right” asin=”B0021VW2IE” locale=”us” height=”87″ src=”http://ecx.images-amazon.com/images/I/31j3Rn5SoxL._SL160_.jpg” width=”160″]Very few people have the room necessary for a permanent beam setup, so this very light weight, folding beam option may be just the solution your are looking for.  Its even light enough that most kids can fold it and put it away themselves!

A Good Gymnastics Beam If You Have Extra Space

[easyazon-image align=”right” asin=”B000P93ZA8″ locale=”us” height=”160″ src=”http://ecx.images-amazon.com/images/I/3162oy2XvbL._SL160_.jpg” width=”160″]For those who are lucky enough to have a large basement or other area that a more permanent solution can be utilized then we think you should consider The Beam Store Pink Suede 8-Feet Gymnastics Balance Beam.

A Beam For Those With More Limited Space

This beam is not made to be disassembled often so make certain you have an area that this can stay in for long periods of time.  This beam is very sturdy and will last a very long time.

One feature we really like with this particular beam is that higher legs can be added to it in the future to raise the beam as your child advances!

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