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Sports Programs for Children

Children's Golf

The United States Golf Association and the National Alliance for Youth Sports founded the Hook A Kid On Golf program in 1991. It focuses on children who normally would not have a chance to play golf. It teaches skills such as putting, chipping, and swinging, along with golf etiquette, rules, and the history of the game. Programs are available in communities throughout the United States. They include Start Smart Golf for 5- to 7-year-olds and a parent, Tee Level Clinics for first-time golfers ages 8 to 15, Green Level Training rules and etiquette classes for kids ages 8 to 15, and Challenge Golf League competitive team play for children 8 to 15. Visit the Hook A Kid On Golf website at hookakidongolf.org for more information.

Youth Soccer

Communities, schools, and cities throughout the United States offer soccer programs for children of all ages. These local programs are typically run by parent or teacher volunteers who adhere to a specified set of coaching rules. The rules generally include positive skills building through team play, informational instruction, and equal play time. US Youth Soccer provides a variety of national sports programs for children at every competitive level. US Youth Soccer also sponsors Soccer Across America, a program for low income children who do not have access to local community level soccer, and TOPsoccer for children with disabilities.

Children's Baseball Programs

Little League baseball programs give children ages 5 and up the opportunity to learn and play this all-American sport. With a focus on team building and physical fitness skills, Little League has programs for kids from Kindergarten through age 12. Starting at age 5, both boys and girls can join T-ball teams for beginning instructional play. Seven to 12-year-olds can play on Minor League teams. The Minor League focuses on skill development and may be divided into kid pitch or coach pitch depending on the players' ages. Major Division (Little League) begins at age 9. By age 11, a child can play on a tournament team. The tournament team is eligible to participate in the Little League Baseball World Series. Little League youth baseball programs are offered in many regional communities throughout the country. Parents can contact their school district, township or county for more information about youth baseball programs in their area.

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