Sports

Sports at these stages become much more competitive and more highly skilled. Teens may navigate towards a particular sport, but continue to encourage participation in multiple sports or physical activities. Injuries due to changes in the body or overuse may take place at this time. Teens may also start to envision their future in sports by striving to play for ...

Social

Social interactions are a high priority and teens are motivated by peer acceptance. They often choose to hang out with friends rather than parents or family. Teenagers are seeking independence, searching for identity, and starting to seek more responsibility and trust. You may notice an increase in risk taking, which is a natural part of adolescence. ...

Mental/Emotional

Girls/Boys: Puberty hormones are surging can contribute to feeling more emotional, confused, or anxious. Biological clock shifts triggering staying up later and sleeping in later. Anxiety and depression may become prevalent at this stage, but are normal and likely won’t last. If anxiety and depression do increase, seek the help of a trusted parent, friend, or training professional. ...

Physical:

In General: Proprioception and kinesthetic awareness increases greatly. Strength increases, so skills sets may improve or change. Views of body image may take a negative turn during these stages and may be influenced negatively by societal expectations or comparisons to others. Girls: On average, puberty begins between ages 7-13, and hormones are released into the bloodstream that ...

Sports

Encourage participation in multiple sports and physical activities.Participating in multiple sports develops physical and attentional skills, can help avoid burnout or overuse injuries that come with specialization, and can enhance athleticism and performance in each respective skill/sport. Try to keep practices/games/classes focused on skill development and overall understanding. Youth at these ages still have short attention spans, so keep concepts simple ...

Social

At this age, particularly from 9-12, having friends has become very important. Social interactions are a high priority of youth this age and children enjoy hanging out with others. Children at this age still feel very connected to family and parents/guardians. ...

Mental/Emotional

Complex thinking skills and memory are still developing. Children are developing their ability to think in concrete ways, and are becoming more opinionated. Model positive behavior and encourage open communication about feelings. ...

Physical

During these stages, children develop more grace in their movements. Their coordination and motor skills have likely increased and they can master more complex movements, such as jumping rope and skipping. They may even practice skills to get better at them. Show and tell instruction may still be key to facilitate understanding and progression. Attention spans are still relatively ...

Sports

Encourage participation in multiple sports and physical activities. Practices/games/classes should be interactive and mostly about fun. Basic skills can be introduced and taught, not not forced. The keys here are to encourage participation, which for some will mean interacting and others observing. Each child advances at their own pace, so the key is to create a fun environment they want ...

Social

Around these ages, children start to exercise some independence and are also more interested in interaction with others rather. Cooperation and sharing get better the day, especially with modeling and encouragement. It’s also important to help children talk out their feelings when their stress rises, so model positive ways to work through these times. ...