Kids Alternatives to Ball Sports

Kids Alternatives to Ball Sports

There are so many recreational activities kids can do to stay active. By default, a lot of parents start them out in traditional ball sports like basketball, baseball, and soccer. However, there are plenty of alternatives they can try. If they’re tired of playing the same old ball sports, here are a few other activities you can suggest.


Dance is a fun activity that allows kids to stay active and express themselves creatively. One of the best things about dance is that it takes many forms, such as ballet, tap, hip hop, jazz, and more. Taking dance classes at a young age allows kids to develop their social skills with peers and teachers, gain self-confidence, become disciplined, improve posture and range of motion, and most importantly have fun! There are plenty of opportunities for dancers to compete or perform in various dance practices. The fitness benefits of dance often translate into other sports as well.

Through our partnership with Kennedy Dance Company, Elite’s dance program offers a wide variety of classes for children of all ages.


Once kids learn the fundamentals of swimming and water safety, they are ready to learn additional strokes and eventually swim competitively. Swimming is a lifelong activity (and an excellent form of exercise), so it’s never too early or too late to begin! Although swimming is usually an individual effort (with the exception of relay races), competing on a team will teach kids valuable social skills such as leadership, teamwork, and sportsmanship. They may also just make a friend or two along the way!

Elite offers a program called Swim Club that teaches kids more advanced swimming techniques, helps them refine their strokes, and prepares them for organized competitive swimming.


Badminton is a racquet sport that uses an elevated net and, instead of a ball, players volley with a shuttlecock (also known as a birdie). Most modern shuttlecocks are made up of plastic or synthetic feathers and a rubber base, which makes it aerodynamically stable. Similar to tennis, badminton games are played on a court in either singles or doubles play. Each side is only allowed hit the shuttlecock once in order to get it over the net. Games are played to 21 points with rally scoring, meaning points are awarded whether or not you are serving. In the case of a 20-20 tie, a team must win by 2 points. If ties go all the way to 29 points, the 30th point will win the game.

Badminton is a great sport for all ages. It’s fun and easy to learn. New to the Elite Sports Clubs lineup of recreational sports, we encourage anyone to join!

If you’d like to see what other sports, games, and activities we provide to kids, we’d encourage anyone to check out our facilities and amenities for yourself! Schedule a tour today!

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