A tired child is a good child! Make sure your kids are full of fresh air and exercise by signing them up for one of these action-packed sports leagues this fall. Both inside and outside the perimeter, there are indoor and outdoor leagues for basketball, football, soccer, baseball, golf and lacrosse. Did you know that 2010 statistics show that, on average, children now spend more than seven and a half hours per day in front of a screen? Also, 28 percent of Americans, aged six and over, are classified as inactive. Starting your children early in life with a good exercise regimen will set them up for a lifetime of activity, reducing their chances of obesity, diabetes and ill health, not to mention the positive effects on leadership skills, teamwork and mental health benefits. Get them signed up for one of the great fall sports leagues listed here and have them burning off their energy right into 2015.

i9 sports
www.i9sports.com

i9 Sports leagues are held at extensive locations in and around the Atlanta area. Schools and sports parks play host to the variety of sports leagues that are available. Check out the easy-to-navigate website for your local venue. This sports program offers sports leagues, clinics and camps for boys and girls aged 3-17. Practice is held right before games, making life so much easier for those who are time-strapped and have scheduling constraints. All skill levels of players are welcome – no tryouts and no drafts.
 

Happy Feet Atlanta
Many locations throughout Atlanta
(678) 228-8680
www.happyfeetatlanta.com

This is a soccer league for the younger children, aged 2-6. Split into four different age leagues, it is open to all levels and skill of budding soccer stars. Each class is an hour long, comprising a 15- to 30-minute practice, followed by a game. For the youngest participants, there are age-appropriate songs and games with a soccer ball. There are classes held all over the Atlanta region; check the website for the one closest to you. 

MJCCA
5342 Tilly Mill Road
Dunwoody, GA 30338
(678) 812-4000
www.atlantajcc.org

Classes here include soccer, flag football and rec games leagues to choose from. Boys and girls from Pre-K through 8th grade can participate. There are both recreational leagues and select teams, where tryouts are held and select players can participate. Winter sports are great for health and fighting off the blues caused by lack of natural Vitamin D and the shorter days.

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Prumo Sports & Recreation
Peachtree Road United Methodist Church 
3180 Peachtree Road 
Atlanta, GA 30305
(404) 266-2386
www.prumcsports.org

Boys and girls ages 4-14 can participate in this soccer league and play weekly. Participation times vary depending on age of the child, with the older members being involved in a traveling league all over the region. Uniforms for the players are provided, but parents are advised to provide their child with suitable shin guards and shoes. Sign up and register on the website. 

Atlanta Silverbacks
4285 Brogdon Exchange
Suwanee, GA 30024
(678) 714-7454
www.atlantasilverbacks.com

Soccer leagues begin at the Suwanee indoor location in November, with four leagues: U10, U12, U14 and HS. Teams play at least eight games throughout the season. There are also classes for younger children, aged from just 18 months to 9 years. Atlanta Silverbacks strives to improve self-confidence and positive self-image through soccer – an admirable goal! 

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