Once they hit grade 4 here they compete against the age they are turning that year. So my older DD is competing against the older year 5s and the younger grade 6s. It annoys her as most of the girls are born in the second half of the intake yeat (Jan-Jun).
It also depends on the sports club. DD1 started surf club when she was 7 and the cut off for her group was 31 August. She's an August baby. So all the kids from her school year were in the group below her. Made no sense.
Hmmm i think, perhaps on a wider scale, looking beyond school only sport, it is better for schools to operate in age groups, as that is generally what happens in the wider world of sports, particularly at a zone, regional and state level. It simply can't operate on what grade you are.
With regards to swimming carnivals, athletics carnivals, cross country, netball etc. they have to compete in their age group as the schools then compete against each other, then the zones compete against each other, then the regions compete, then states compete against each other at national level. So you can't have an u/8 child running in the u/9 race.
Sure, it should be about having fun and participation but there are kids who compete and want to go to the level.
I've never known a school to conduct sports carnivals by grades, only by age. I wonder if it's a state difference, too?
So many variables...my kids play lots of sports with their friends outside of school...it would be awful for them if they had to play in a grade lower. I've never actually thought of that before, but for one of my kids, the ability to play team sports with friends from school as a huge deciding factor as to what sports they are willing to participate in. Basically, we're at an age where it's only worth doing if you're doing it with a friend.
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