Should Participate In
It is widely known among youth development experts that youth should not participate in one sport year round due to emotional burnout, injuries, and regression in athletic development. Rather, they should participate in many seasonal sports.
I have read multiple articles about the 4 sports that every youth should participate in to develop a great athlete. The first time I read it was from Brian Grasso, so I will credit him.
Here are the sports:
I know each sport improves much more, but I wanted to keep it brief and simple. Often, fitness gurus use big words that we common-people don't understand.
I would also highly advise that you mix in other sports as well such as flag football, baseball, dance, softball, tennis, basketball, volleyball, bowling, golf, lacrosse, field hockey, ice hockey, and so on.
By the time the athlete enters middle school, he should be fast, quick, flexible, strong, and most importantly, injury-resistant. Not to mention, he'll develop emotionally and mentally as well.
In other words, he will be a great all-around athlete and person.
Remember, these sports can do more damage than good without a quality coach. So do your research before just putting your kids into a program.
Related Pages and Helpful Resources:
Bob Bigelow's Coaching Youth Basketball The Right Way
Youth Coaches: How Big Are Your Basketballs?
Why Every Youth Coach Should Avoid Assigning Positions
Coaching Youth Basketball - Drills, Offense, Tips, Etc.