Deciding when your child is ready for organized sports

Deciding when your child is ready for organized sports

Kids of all ages should be physically active. Organized sports are one form of physical activity. But remember, children need to have developed certain fundamental skills in order to successfully take part in sports.

According to the Canadian Paediatric Society, most kids develop these fundamental skills by the time they’re six.

Here’s a guide that shows you the kinds of physical skills children should have developed by the time they reach various ages as well as the sports that correspond with those skills and age groups.

And, here’s another resource you can use to help you decide if your child is ready to make the move to organized sports.

If you think the time is right, use Sportlink to connect with more than 200 sporting leagues in Greater Sudbury, or check out our list sports, arts, culture and recreation clubs, lessons and leagues for children and youth that are offered by not-for profit groups in Greater Sudbury.

Check out the City of Greater Sudbury’s Leisure Guide for information about programs in our community like skating, swimming and skiing, as well as tournaments and school sports programs.

Have a look at the Best Start Calendar for registration information and family-friendly activities including free or reduced-fee swim and skate times.

For help with the cost of your kids’ equipment and registration fees, check out the Canadian Tire Jumpstart Programs ( for low income families.

And, for more help in covering the cost your kids’ sports and recreation activities, check out our topic Finding recreational activities for kindergarten and school-aged children, and getting help paying for them


This content was prepared and reviewed by the City of Greater Sudbury and its partners. However, it should not take the place of advice from your health care provider or other professionals working with you and your child. 

Notice a broken link or an error or omission in this content? Email to let us know.