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Do you think it's important for kids to have an understanding of most regionally popular sports rules? If your child isn't enrolled in something like basketball, football, soccer, etc., do you teach them the object of the games and some basic rules (even if it's just by watching games on TV)?
I'm not big into sports and neither is husband, but we do teach them these things when we play for fun in the backyard or at the park. We're not very competitive about it. DD is a gymnast though so she gets a lot of sport structure and competes.
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I don't necessarily think it's important to understand them, unless you're interested in them, want to know them, etc...
My kids don't participate in organized sports, they're just ridiculously priced. We also don't watch sports on tv. But we play outside, a lot. So they understand the basic rules because of that. It's not something "planned" or anything like that though. It's just general play.
Our PE doesn't actually have anything at all to do with sports, as far as teaching "gym" is concerned. We focus more on body/health and things that fall in that category than playing sports. Any sports we do are purely playtime.
Niether Dh or I are very into sports.
If the kids are interested in joining a team we will do the best we can to get them involved in one. DD takes ballet in the summer and DS will probably try out soccer next year and I teach them both Tae Kwon Do at home and I think when theyre older they might be interested in going to a martial arts school but that is up to them. I would be surprised if they showed interest in joining a team when none of the family or friends in our lives are sports type of people.
I don't go out of my way to teach it. They play soccer. We watch football and baseball on TV and my daughter asks a lot of questions about the rules and stuff while we watch. We teach as much as they want to know. That's about it.
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It's not something I plan to teach, no. However, if they're interested in it it will study it. My older two play soccer so they have a general understanding if that, Alyssa dances, and Rylan loves to go to hockey games and watch it with us, so he has a basic understanding of hockey as well.
I don't teach the sports as part of a program, but they pick the rules up as they either play or watch the sports. My husband is a college football fan, so lately they are learning about football. I'm a distance runner, so my oldest runs with me. She is learning the tactics of running a smart race. They both understand good sportsmanship, and that is a major key to being a good respected athlete.