Fall is here, school sports are back in season, and if you’re searching for the perfect sports gifts for the active kid, you’re the envy of many parents. While others have to place constraints on screen time or beg children to go outside, your biggest worry is tending skinned knees and coaxing them into a bath. The best sports gifts for boys and girls this season fuel the obsession, funneling desire into action and possibly a deep playoff run while exposing them to fresh air and brilliant sun. From punching bags and pitching machines to soccer goals and hockey-puck flingers, this list contains sports gifts for kids of all disciplines — and families who just want to bond over some healthy competition. Whether you’ve got a Black Mamba Jr., a Megan-Rapinoe-in-training, or a young angler who just needs a hook to set, we’ve got what they need to develop a Beast Mode against the competition.
The Best Ball Sports Gifts for Kids
Just take a look at your neighborhood tennis courts: The sport hasn't been this popular since the '80s. If your child is looking to be the next Osaka, Serena, or Nadal, then it's time to get him or her on the court. I correctly sized racquet allows your child to learn the fundamentals before taking on the grass of Wimbledon, the clay of Roland-Garros, or the hardcourt of Arthur Ashe.
Train the next Great One to go top shelf and five-hole with this target by Bauer. Stretch it over your child's hockey net and he or she can develop the technique with ball or puck to score at will. It's made from 18,000-denier reinforced polyester and a PVC backing to withstand those near-misses.
While not nearly regulation, this portable hoop is perfect for those practice-after-practices in the driveway or cul-de-sac. Its smaller 52-inch acrylic backboard is much easier to store away, and it's shatterproof in case your kid pulls the whole thing over (however unlikely, thanks to the water-filled base). For younger children or particularly ambitious dunk contests, its height can be adjusted from 10 feet down to 7.5.
Most children's sports require a certain amount of hand-eye coordination, and this handy tool is a perfect way to improve the skill over the long winter months. Its round pods ensure that each impact sends it in a new direction, improving reaction times. It's also soft, making it a safe means of foundational development in a home environment.
Have a little slugger that's just getting used to swinging a bat? This pop-and-pitch set includes the pop-a-pitch machine with tee attachment, a collapsible 22 inch plastic bat, and three aero-strike baseballs. The height is adjustable from 21 to 25 inches.
The Best Individual Sports Gifts for Kids
This youth angling combo includes everything he or she will need to hook the big one. Besides the fact that its reel is pre-spooled with eight-pound-test line, saving you the hassle, the kit also features a 53-piece tackle selection. Whether you're bait fishing or jerking artificial lures, it's got it enough options to spare a few losses in the nearest tree.
Before you spend thousands of dollars at a resort, a quick car trip to your local sledding hill (and the Airhead Ryder) will give your son or daughter a taste. Its step-in bindings are easier to get in and out, and the board will hold up for a few turns as he or she learns. The next Shaun White starts with first turns.
If you're son or daughter is wearing out his or her recurve, it's time to step up to the big leagues. Your child can get the feeling of a better bow, and should you want to take him or her out, it's powerful enough to be effective. Its draw length and weight can be personalized and adjusted as your son or daughter grows.
If your child is ready to join you for your morning miles (or at least a portion of them), it's time to get him or her some proper shoes. The Eq21 features the same energy-returning Bounce midsole foam as your favorite shoes, while stretchy laces allow them to be slipped on.
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