With all the constant hustle and bustle from over scheduling and children’s schooling activities, parents are often flustered when trying to schedule breaks in the day that will stimulate both mind and body. Luckily, disc golf is inexpensive, easy to learn, and doesn’t require booking in advance. College students have been throwing the disc around for several decades now, but kids are getting more and more involved in the sport. And the reason why? Disc golf is easy and fun to play, and courses are located all over the country!
HOW TO PLAY
Many parents find it difficult to find activities for young kids because they might have troubles grasping both concepts and objects. The good news is that the rules of disc golf are simple:
Start at a tee off pad
Throw a disc toward the disc golf basket
The fewest throws by the end of the course wins
And that’s it! Because the game is so simple, kids tend to pick it up quickly. Frisbee golf course layouts range from exceptionally easy to difficult, and you can usually judge which course will fit your family best.
GOOD FOR A GROWING BODY
As parents, you probably hear that you should provide stimulation for your child. Sometimes that’s easier said than done. Finding time to schedule activities is hard, and it takes time. Usually one aspect of activity—like a puzzle or football—stretches the brain or develops a child physically, but the other aspect lacks. Disc golf, however, incorporates both physical and mental use at the same time.
Body Works: Disc golf has the unique ability to work muscle groups simultaneously. Throwing a disc teaches kids balance while working muscle groups like the legs, core, and shoulders, a whole-body workout! Children also get the benefit of walking out in nature. Often, one of the best parts of disc golf is the workout both you and your kids get by being out in nature and hiking from one point to the next!
Brain Works: Did you know that calculating a throw and factoring in elements like wind and range of motion is a skill that kids can take to university? Knowing how to essentially eyeball a range of motion teaches kids physics! Children who spend their time judging distances have already seen the practical applications of the basics of physics, and mathematical concepts will make more sense in the future.
Emotion Works: That’s right. Spending time outdoors helps your kids improve emotionally. Getting Vitamin D has proven to boost moods, preventing anxiety and depression, and it gives them an outlet for the jitters. Also, spending time in the fresh air improves mood and makes kids feel better. I mean, doesn’t it for you?
TRY SOMETHING NEW
One of the best perks of disc golf is its accessibility. Not only are disc golf courses all around, but many online sites also pay homage to the sport, so you’re never alone. If you feel out of the loop when it comes to disc golf, don’t worry. There are plenty of resources, and starting a disc golf play group is easy to start and even easier to finance.
The online resource Kids Disc Golf gives an example of how a parent started a league for his child, and it was easy to begin. If you’re both new to disc golf, take the time to find out about it! There’s nothing better than getting out there with your child!
Mikaela Ashcroft is no stranger to sports, from training horses to earning her black belt degree. Her favorite activities are biking, martial arts, giving horse lessons, and going on adventures with her husband and blue heeler. She is currently a part-time writer and a graduate student studying physics in upstate New York.