OK posted this one on the Saffer board and look like we have some parents and a lot of sport lovers here. Myself having three kids and all of them enjoy their sport and this is the way I have gone about it. Would like to know the way you Aussies (which I have a huge amount of respect when it come to sport) do it. All of us we love sport have a big role to play in teaching and getting our kids in sport. My big Kiwi pal, Red Beard, have the worthy saying about kids not doing sport being in jail, so fathers or mothers to be take note of that one. To get a kid in sports , you have to teach him or her ball sense. Forget about the saying you are born with it, no it is something teach him. That start from baby day. The only precent you buy them has to be something to do with a ball. I start mine from day 1 to play with a balloon. The older they get the more ball sense they will get and the more you have to teach him. Once they hit the school they must be on the way to sports. In these parts they have "PlayBall" course at schools for the 4 to 6 year old. In other words the Pre Primary age. Dont worry spending money on this because you will get double your money back on the ball sense value of your kid. Once they have to pick which sport they want to play you have to lead them in the correct direction. NEVER force him in any sport , just lead them. Being a x rugby player and the sport I love, I want mine in that direction but I did not force them. This is a desition he have to take on himself and he have to ENJOY it. I only try to manage him in the direction by taking him to life rugby games, watch with him life rugby and never said no if he want to kick or play ball. This is one of the most important time you can spent with your kid, called QUALITY time. Even 5 minutes is enough as long as its quality time. If he start play rugby, try to get involve in the school rugby setup. Help the coach rather then critizise. I get a allmighty kak in parents trying their outmost best to moan about stuff like my boy need to be in the A team (if you lead the kid positive in this regard you teach him a life lesson in working harder to get the better result) or the A team kids dad is a docter or whatever reason. Many kids stop doing sport for this reason for parents giving the wrong leadership. If you know rugby and have a bit spare time, get involve in coaching. School coaches are in heaven and do their bit to help make the world a better place. The Games Generation. You have to make peace with this. Me and the Mrs give the kids a timeframe for this. If I have to spend money on this its always a sport game but only for special occations like birthday or Xmast. If he want to buy skateboarding, well he can do it with his own money. This sport games give them a lot of knowledge in the sport. They will learn the rules, players and a bit of hand eye coordination in no time. For me its unbelievable to see the kids excitement when a WC is on and he recodnise the real Johny Wilkinson or KP on TV. Mine even do there bowling action (cricket) or kicking action (rugby). Once they hit High School your part has been done. Then its time to support them. They dont want to hear you now, only want to see you. Me and my Mrs get a lot of stick for this one. Dont matter what appointment you got on a weekend, if the kid is on the sportfield, he need you along the field. One thing I have seen so many times with school age aporting kids , is the influense a girlfriend can make on their sport. Thats something else.