I had a rule for my boys, only one sport per season, that being said I think we have tried almost everything on this list at least once. These do not include travel teams or all the specialty sports available. Just your standard local fair.
Lacrosse: Two of my boys joined the Wolfpack for one season. They enjoyed it, but it didn’t stick. (Sorry, couldn’t resist) www.smlax.com
Flag Football: I actually was not thrilled to find out my number three son was signed up for this. It ended up being a good experience. No practices. Just a 2 hour gig on Saturday. An hour of drills, an hour game. My second son had coached this for several years and he really enjoyed it. www.nextlevelflagfootball.com
CYO Basketball, Volleyball and Track: My boys have participated in CYO basketball in two different leagues. I say it all depends on the coach. League play doesn’t officially start till fourth grade, but there is a third grade “instructional” league if your player is anxious to start. My boys also participated on the track team. This was a really good experience with practice once a week and only 3-5 actual meets. www.athletics.cccyo.org
Marin Rowing www.marinrowing.org Asher just joined the sculling program here. It is the intro to the Junior Crew team. What a great way to start his Sunday, out on the water in a single shell boat. It is beautiful to watch.
Tamalpa Runners www.tamalparunners.org I have only heard good things about this group. Only time and other obligations have kept me from participating.
Soccer: www.centralmarinsoccer.com I like soccer as one of the first sports kids can learn. The hand eye coordination seems to come a little later. There are indoor and outdoor leagues everywhere. Both serve their purpose.
Baseball: I played little league as a kid and so did my three big boys. Ben has taken t-ball, if you could call it that. He was way too young. Again, I think this program is so coach dependent. Over the years I have dealt with amazing coaches with lot of volunteers rotating the kids through drills. I have also had a coach who was obviously there for the wrong reason, the kids all ran for the ball creating a small scrum after each ball was hit.
Swim team is great bang for your buck. My kids have been on two different teams and both were awesome. Practice is usually offered five times a week and toward the end of the season there are meets on Saturday. If you actually can get your kid to practice regularly, that’s a lot of water time. They can’t help but become proficient swimmers.Swim Team: www.marinswimleague.org
Water Polo: www.marinpolo.com I wanted the boys to play water polo, somehow it never happened.