Popular Opinion The Best Sports for Kids  

Stan Holton
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List Rules Most fun & rewarding athletic activities for children to play / do

The best sports for kids are fun, teach children about teamwork, and help keep them in shape. These sports are good for younger children as they contain less contact than sports like football, hockey or wrestling. While there is some risk for injury in all activities, these sports are the safer choices for children.

Aside from being fun things to spend their time on, these sports are all good for teaching children a number of values like working with others, responsibility, and social skills. Plus, kids who play sports are usually healthier and generally have more friends than those who don't.

For younger kids, simple sports like bicycling, swimming, track and field, and even gymnastics are top choices. When kids get a bit older, around the age of six, they can participate in other popular sports to play such as baseball, softball, soccer, tennis, and basketball. The contact sports are suggested for only those eight years and older, though many of the fundamentals, such as learning how to skate early and playing hockey later, can be taught earlier.

While not all kids will have the ability or desire to play sports, introducing these at an early age sets a great tone to making well-rounded children. Which sports do your kids love the most? Vote for your favorite sports for kids or add any not listed, all below!

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Swimming is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Sports for Kids

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Soccer is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Sports for Kids

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1,391 712
Basketball is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Sports for Kids

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Gymnastics is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Sports for Kids
Gymnastics

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979 610
Track And Field is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Sports for Kids

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927 613
Bicycling is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Sports for Kids
Bicycling

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Dance is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Sports for Kids
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906 608
Tennis is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Sports for Kids

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875 595
Volleyball is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Sports for Kids

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872 651
Archery is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Sports for Kids
Archery

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434 249
Running is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Sports for Kids

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643 570
Mixed martial arts is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Sports for Kids

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672 558
Baseball is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Sports for Kids
Baseball

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681 562
Skating is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Sports for Kids
Skating

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575 555
Softball is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Sports for Kids

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567 561
Roller Skating is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Sports for Kids
Roller Skating

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489 533
Skiing is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Sports for Kids

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113 107
Football is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Sports for Kids
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399 616
Equine Sports is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Sports for Kids

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192 257
Surfing is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Sports for Kids
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209 291
Snowboarding is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Sports for Kids
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228 287
Table Tennis is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Sports for Kids

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244 310
Badminton is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Sports for Kids

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346 571
Field Hockey is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Sports for Kids
Field Hockey

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65 55
Karate is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Sports for Kids
Karate

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333 559
Golf is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Best Sports for Kids
Golf

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335 569
Diving is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Best Sports for Kids
Diving

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58 109
Cheerleading is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Best Sports for Kids
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125 174
Lacrosse is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Best Sports for Kids
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254 530
Rowing is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Best Sports for Kids
Rowing

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55 102
Fencing is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Best Sports for Kids
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