Sports and Fitness Guide for Young Athletes

Sports and Fitness Guide for Young AthletesAccording to a report by the American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry in 2011, approximately 16 to 33 percent of American children and adolescents are considered to be obese. One of the best ways to prevent or reduce obesity is for children and adolescents to engage in sports. In this age of computers, TVs, smart phones, and video games, many children and adolescents are foregoing outdoor activities and sports. Teachers and parents should encourage the young ones to play sports like baseball, football, soccer, tennis, golf, skiing, volleyball, and others. Other than a healthier lifestyle, children and adolescents who play sports will also be making friends, learning teamwork, developing discipline and social skills, learning motor skills, and having fun. Here’s a comprehensive catalog of sports for young athletes.

Baseball:

Basic Baseball Rules

Here’s an excellent place to learn about batting, outs, strikes, fouls, balls, walks, running the bases, tagging runners out, and so on.

What is Softball?

What’s the difference between softball and baseball? Read this brief article to find out!

Soccer:

The Beautiful Game

Soccer is the most popular sport in the world. Find out why it’s called “The Beautiful Game”.

Soccer Rules

In this PDF, you will learn the 10 simple rules in soccer, and you can start playing soccer right away.

Hockey:

Ice Hockey History

On this page, you can read about the origins of ice hockey, the Stanley Cup, international growth, and Olympic history.

Ice Hockey Rules

The PDF explains codes of conduct, the rink, teams, equipment, officials, penalties, playing rules, philosophy of youth hockey, and more.

Basketball:

History of Basketball

It’s generally acknowledged that Dr. James Naismith was the inventor of modern basketball. Here’s a brief biography of the man.

Youth Basketball Rules

The PDF offers basic basketball rules for K-8 graders, covering playing rules, offense, and defense.

Football:

NFL

This is the official site of the National Football League with information on the teams, players, statistics, and lots more.

American Football History

Before playing the game, you may want to read a little about the origins of this most popular American sport.

Golf:

Why teach your children Golf?

Find out why we should teach golf to our children.

Play Golf America

On this junior page, you can find out about golf rules and etiquette, golf fitness, golf instruction, and so on.

Tennis:

Little Tennis

Dedicated to the promotion of tennis among children and adolescents, the page has resources for tennis instructors, kids, and parents.

Tennis Drills

On this page, you will find many tennis drills for beginning players.

Martial Arts:

Martial Arts Fighting Styles

Read about various styles like Aikido, Karate, Kung Fu, Hsing, Ju Jitsu, Kenpo Karate, Jeet Kune Do, Sumo, Taekwondo, and more.

Karate Techniques

If you are interested in Karate, check out this page.

Gymnastics:

Gymnastics Disciplines

Here, you can find out about various gymnastics disciplines like the vault, floor, uneven bars, beam, pommel horse, rings, parallel bars, and horizontal bars.

Gymnastics

In this fun page, you can read about gymnastics basics, cool gymnastics facts, and more.

Track and Field:

Track & Field Events

There are many track and field events. Come here to learn about the sprints, relays, hurdles, middle distances, long distances, and field events.

Skiing:

Ski Tips

The National Ski Areas Association provides a number of tips for young skiers covering ski helmets, clothing, sun protection, eye protection, ski wear, ski school, and so on.

“Your Responsibility Code”

Skiing is certainly fun but it’s just as important to stay safe. Read the code of ethics, and practice them while you are skiing.

Ice Skating:

Ice Skating Tips

Young skaters should follow these tips to enjoy a fun and safe ice skating experience.

Figure Skating

On this page, you can read about the history of figure skating, figure skating terms like toe pick, axel, Lutz, Salchow, and more.

Dance:

Dance Kids

The website is dedicated to all kids who love to dance.

Dance Videos

Have you ever wanted to do the Hula, Ballet Pirouette, Tap Stomps, and Breakin’ 6 Step?

Lacrosse:

History of Lacrosse

Discover the origins of the game of lacrosse here.

Basic Lacrosse Rules

It’s always best to learn the rules before you play the sport.

Volleyball:

Mini Volleyball

Here’s the game for young volleyball players.

Volleyball History

This is a timeline of the popular sport from 1895 onwards.

Swimming:

FINA

This is the official site of the “International Swimming Federation”.

uSwim

Parents and instructors can get online swimming lessons from the website for free.

Wrestling:

WWE Kids

Here’s the special site for young WWE fans.

Wrestling Drills

The webpage provides drills like the knee grab, grabber, the hopper, foots, shoot the tube, and others.