Author: Sportball Canada

The Power of Parent and Child Classes

Canadian Physical Activity Guidelines1 indicate that toddlers and preschoolers should be physically active over the course of the day, through a variety of formats in different environments. Traditionally, these environments included children’s back yards, neighbourhood streets, or local parks. However, growing mistrust over the safety of neighborhood spaces and of children playing unsupervised has led …

Myths and Risks of Early Specialization

Organized sport has the potential to offer both short and long-term benefits to participants – making it an attractive leisure activity to families with young kids. However, sport participation is at times controversial, when achieving elite performance and success in sport (i.e., being the ‘best’ or winning), takes precedence over children’s inherent enjoyment. We are …

5 Benefits of Being a Sportball Kid

There are no shortage of grassroot or community-based organizations that set out to offer positive sport and physical activity experiences to young children and youth. Subsequently, there is a higher expectation than ever before to ensure that programs offer quality and impactful programming to the many registered children and families. At Sportball, we set ourselves …

Fostering Physical Literacy at Sportball

Health practitioners recommend regular physical activity to individuals of all ages, as physical activity has a plethora of benefits to individual health and well-being. Encouraging children to be active from a young age creates positive physical activity habits, and increases the likelihood they will continue to be active as they grow older. Subsequently, according to …

The Arrival of Multi-Sport Programming

Organized sport has long been regarded as a positive past-time for children and youth, contributing to increased confidence and self-esteem, instilling valuable life and social skills, and most importantly – giving them a healthy outlet to be physically active. Over the past two decades, there has been increased societal pressure to utilized organized sport programs …