Will there be any limits on children participating on various levels of teams in the same sport (for example, girls' middle school basketball followed by high school basketball followed by outside play, etc.)? If so, what are they?
Yes, there are limitations based on age and grade. In general, you should keep your young athlete involved in the sport he or she is most interested in. This will help them feel like it's a safe environment where they can make mistakes without being punished. Limitations based on age include: youth basketball (ages 5-18), little ball (ages 4-5), preschool basketball (3 years old and up), and kindergarten basketball (4 years old and up). Grade limitations include elementary school (grades 1-8), middle school (grades 6-8), and high school (grades 7-18).
If your child plans to continue playing after middle school, he or she should check with the local high school to make sure it allows boys' and girls' sports to be played together. Some schools only allow male athletes to participate on the female's side of the gym, while others accept both male and female students who want to play on the same team.
Young athletes should not play contact sports such as football, hockey, or wrestling.
Currently, only football and basketball have any limitations on playing for outside teams during the school year at the high school level. Will all sports be scheduled to compete in the same season? When a sport or sport-activity season is played at the middle school level, the decision is made locally. Sometimes it may make sense to have some sports played in fall and others played in spring. Other factors considered include number of participants and availability of facilities. Middle school athletes can participate in high school athletics as long as they are eligible to do so.
Generally speaking, you can play football at the middle school level. Most schools have separate divisions for boys and girls, with different age groups within each division. Teams are usually made up of 15 players, including a goalkeeper. It is possible to find leagues where girls can play flag football while boys play tackle.
In addition to football, you can also play basketball at the middle school level. There are two seasons for basketball: fall and spring. In fall, schools generally start games around late August or early September and finish around late February or early March. In spring, games start around late March or early April and go until mid-June. Some schools have divided into divisions based on size, with smaller groups playing together throughout both seasons. There are no limits on how old you can be to play basketball at the middle school level; however, most children begin training programs when they are 7 years old.
At school, two middle school girls are playing basketball. According to the Los Angeles Times, playing sports may help middle-schoolers acquire physical activity, build confidence, and develop excellent interaction skills with teammates. When it comes to organized sports, however, it's not all fun and games.
Middle school sports may be the only realistic opportunity a kid has to learn how to play a new sport if the teams are inclusive, which means that everyone who tries out and is willing to come to sessions is on the team.