Top Boca sports programs for your mini athlete

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The countdown for the Rio 2016 Summer Olympics is on! And that has gotten me thinking about what type of spectator I’m going to be once my child chooses a sport or athletic activity to participate in. I grew up in a ‘basketball family’ and witnessed firsthand how many games my own parents (and even grandparents) sat cheering in the bleachers for over the years.

Will my daughter pick swimming? Cheerleading? Basketball? Tennis? Soccer? Dance? Luckily, Boca Raton has several top quality sports programs to expose your kids to that should help you (and them) narrow the search. Here are two of my top picks!

Soccer Shots South Palm Beach County

Soccer Shots (ages 2-8) is an engaging children’s soccer program with a focus on character development on and off the field. The coaches go through an extensive training program to become certified, and helicopter parents will be happy to find out they’ll receive a weekly summary of what their child is learning at practice.

You might not think a two year old would pick up much at his or her games, but Soccer Shots’ developmentally engaging program was created under the guidance of childhood education specialists, professional soccer players and experienced and licensed soccer coaches. It’s never too early, in my opinion, to start laying the positive foundation of teamwork!

C.O.B.R.A. (City of Boca Raton Athletics)

Do you think your child would make a killer volleyball player? How about an avid student of golf? The C.O.B.R.A. program (ages 3+) based at Sugar Sand Park makes it easy for your child to try out several different athletic options through various leagues with only a seasonal commitment.

Available sports include roller hockey, volleyball, golf, flag football, t-ball and basketball. There are even adult leagues if you find yourself wanting to get in on the team sport action.

We’ll also bring the Boca Mom Talk on cheer, dance and gymnastics in an upcoming post. But until then, play ball!