Solo Youth Sports for Kids Who’d Rather Do Their Own Thing
We are so lucky to live in an area that offers such a wide variety of youth sports. We are not limited by the standard choice of seasonal options, we can embrace alternatives, such as fencing (who doesn’t want to play with sharp pointy things?!), jump rope, rock climbing, and rowing.
If your child’s more interested in a sport that doesn’t involve so many players, we’ve got you covered! The sports below can be done solo or as part of a team/club.
We encourage your kids to try at least one that they have never tried. It will not only contribute to their social, emotional, and physical health, but it may become a life-long passion.
Whether you choose to try archery alone or join a team, there are programs throughout our area. Program leaders and coaches teach you everything you need to know and provide the equipment, from beginner lessons to JOAD (Junior Olympic Archery Development) competition. Find local clubs on the USA Archery site.
Group and private lessons are available at clubs that offer youth programs throughout Southern California. Programs usually begin at age 6, and include beginners through competitive elite adults. To find a club near you, visit USA Fencing and search California clubs.
PGA Jr. League – Recreational and developmental seasonal matches. PGA Jr. League is open to both boys and girls, 13 and under, of all abilities. Find a local team on their website.
SCPGA Junior Tour Golf Program – Competitive playing opportunities, instructional programs, and vacation camps for youth SCPGA members (5-18). Events take place at various golf courses. (951) 845-4653
Southern California Golf Association, Junior – SCGA Junior will help connect you with golf courses that offer youth programs as well as club outings and scholarships. (818) 980-3630
USA Gymnastics offers a gym finder here to locate a program in your area. Programs start from parent and me and early Tot classes to advanced teams, including acrobatics, rhythmic, tumbling, and often cheer.
Kids, typically ages 6 and up, can participate in English and Western riding, in group or private lessons, on their own horse or one provided. See Kidsguide’s list of six solid reasons why you should give it a try, here.
American Jump Rope Federation is the recognized national governing body for the sport of jump rope in the United States. This organization offer workshops, camps, seminars, and tournaments at the state, regional, and national levels. Visit their website to find a team or workshop near you.
Climb safely at these indoor climbing facilities! Gyms offer climbing opportunities for the whole family. Visit websites for hours of operation. Below are some of our faves. Find more rock climbing opportunities here.
Hangar 18 – Locations throughout Southern California.
Hapik – Unique climbing center in South Gate geared for kids ages 3 and up. The Auto Belay system allows everyone to climb independently regardless of skill level. The colorful climbing challenges include multiple walls with different levels, posts, spheres, slide, and more.
Long Beach Rising – An all-bouldering climbing gym and fitness facility offering 5,000 square feet of vertical terrain 15 feet in height. Their staff welcomes all ages and levels, from first-time climbers to professional athletes.
Rockreation– Locations in LA and Costa Mesa. Kids Climb Time, plus Rock Warriors and Youth Climbing Teams.
Sender One – Interactive climbing center for kids and adults of all ages! Scale buildings, climb towers, or race your friends to the top of the walls. Other activities include a giant drop slide, a jump tower, a glow-in-the-dark wall, and more. Birthday parties and group packages available. Santa Ana, Playa Vista, and Los Angeles locations.
USA Table Tennis – Individual and group lessons, open play, and tournaments. Find junior programs and clubs near you.
More of a team player? Check out this list of awesome opportunities.