My daughters were figure skaters.
When they were in grade school, we got up at 5:00 A.M. and drove to the rink so that they could practice for a few hours before school. This continued all the way through grade school.
When they were in middle school and high school, we got up at 3: 30 A.M. on Saturdays and Sundays so that we could drive 65 miles to the nearby Big City so that they could practice with their internationally-ranked synchronized skating team. Practice started at 5:00 A.M. and lasted until around 1: 00 P.M.
We loved it. Absolutely loved it. We would do it all again. In fact, my husband and I are paying for our nephew to take Learn To Skate classes, and both of us hope he’ll continue and get as involved as our daughters were!
My husband skates four nights/mornings a week and is working on his Ice Dance tests.
My older daughter is moving to California and hoping to join an Adult synchro team. She skated in a television commercial last year at the holidays.
My younger daughter is 22 now, married, and spends several evenings a week at the skating rink coaching singles skaters and synchro teams. She gets paid good money–$34/hour.
And I write novels for kids about synchronized skating.
My point is that if sports are what your family is about, go for it. For some reason, our family is a skating family. Perhaps it has something to do with our parents; my parents had a roller skating rink set up in our basement and my earliest memories are sitting on the steps watching them and their friends skating around the basement to songs on the record player. They were GOOD!
And my husband’s father was an ice fisherman and while he was hunched over a line in his little tent, my husband and all the other kids would ice skate on the lake.
If sports are not your thing, then do what makes your family happy and healthy and gives you memories for a lifetime.
I would highly recommend the ice skating sports. Figure skating, hockey, and speedskating are all great sports. Get the Olympic rings out of your eyes, though, and set goals of fun, friends, and fitness. That’s all most people achieve in the sport anyway.
And if you’ve never seen synchronized skating, here’s a link. (The teams on this link are all Senior level teams, the most advanced level. But there are teams for all ages, including Tot teams.):youtube.com/watch?v=ksnNHytIz4s