Without lessons in traditional sports, children are forced to invent their own less-refined pastimes such as racquet-lamp and rugburnby. Embrace early education with today's Groupon: for $32, you get $65 toward leagues, clinics, and camps from World Events.
World Events teaches the fundamentals of baseball, flag football, basketball, and other sports to children ages 4–17 with its series of NFL-, MLB-, NBA- and WNBA-affiliated clinics, leagues, and camps. The noncompetitive Rookie League baseball league teaches children how to catch, throw, zip between bases, hit pitches from a strike-throwing machine, stand in the most flattering light for baseball-card photos, and more, and younger players can practice the same skills in T-ball lessons. Flag football and basketball leagues for boys and girls focus on speed, agility, and strategy, with occasional dodgeball sessions and punting or shooting competitions. Each flag football, basketball, and baseball team plays six to eight regular-season games (starting at $65/team membership). Students spend full days training in baseball, football, basketball, and more ($140/week) during the one-week summertime camps. World Events also proffers dance classes ($45/month) and martial-arts instruction for kids tired of hearing their dad follow them around acting as a sports announcer (starting at $45/month).
Flag-football players are required to bring mouth guards, and are encouraged to wear cleats and shorts without pockets. Campers are asked to bring shorts, sneakers, lunch, snacks, plenty of fluids, and portable boomboxes equipped with the theme from Rocky.