Different sports afford different body types, in team sports even a particular position may favor certain physical properties in a player. Much of this does not develop before puberty hits of course, but some signs and characteristics are there from the beginning.
When my kids were newborns, for instance, they never needed us to support their heads, because they could hold them up themselves, which made it strange for me to hold other babies; they also have remarkable body tension – especially our oldest naturally stays firm as a plank if you hold them up even for extended periods of time, or in water – and are stronger than most kids their age, too. There have been family members successfully participating in national competitions, but we, the parents, are not taller, stronger or faster than most people.
They are still very young and I don’t want to force them into any particular kind of sport. I actually don’t even like the idea of either one becoming a professional athlete one day. They should do what they have fun at and that may be just because it’s spending time with friends. Anyhow, I don’t want to miss a good opportunity to introduce them to a kind of sport that they are more likely to excel at than other kids because of their physique, since being good at something (and knowing it) is a valuable experience when growing up and it can be engaging.
Therefore, how can parents find out which sports are particularly well suited for their kids (or vice versa) and when should they start the earliest?
(Please note that I’m not asking for specific advice related to my children whose gender and exact age I didn’t mention on purpose.)