Millions of children a year participate in some kind of organised sport. It's an area where parents often feel somewhat at sea when they try to help their children. The rewards are great - fitness, friends, confidence - but the perils of competition can be just as big. This idea-filled book is grounded in Chris Hopper's years of experience working with both children and their parents in sports programmes. Information from the sports sciences (psychology, pedagogy, physiology, and sports medicine) is applied to practical issues. What kind of activities are best for the youngest children? How do you know when your child is ready for something more structured, and what are your options? How do you evaluate a coach - and what do you do about a bad one? How can you tell which sports best suit your child's physical and social needs? What's the best way to teach sports skills to your child?.